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Dutch Food: Most Popular Articles

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How to Make Traditional Dutch Poffertjes from...
Pancake Puffs (known as 'Poffertjes' in Dutch) are basically baby, baby pancakes, and are loved by children of all ages. This recipe is for the classic version.
These orange-themed foods will get you through...
If you're looking for tangerine-tinged culinary inspiration for Dutch holidays and events, look no further.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. A Day in the Life.
Join me for a look at a day in the life of Dutch eating, as I take you through a typical Dutch breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Beef Bitterballen Recipe
'Bitterballen' are a popular bar snack in the Netherlands and Belgium. They can be made with any number of ragout fillings, but this beef version is a classic of the genre.
Learn All About Dutch Cheese Varieties, Markets...
Holland is renowned for its excellent cheese. I offer an overview of the most important varieties of Dutch cheese, what they taste like, what to look out for and where to buy them.
Erwtensoep: Easy-to-Make Dutch Split Pea Soup
Made with split peas, plenty of vegetables and pork, this delicious Dutch 'erwtensoep' is a meal of a soup that'll put some meat on your bones in the coldest months. Also known as 'snert', this hearty soup is traditionally served on New Year's Day in the Netherlands, but is also enjoyed throughout the fall and winter months.
How to Make Dutch New Year's Donuts Any Time of...
Traditional 'oliebollen' (literally, 'oil balls') have often been called the precursor of the donut, the popular American treat. In fact, it seems very probable that early Dutch settlers took their tradition over to the New World where it evolved into the anytime-anywhere snack the donut is today. In Holland, however, they are pretty much a seasonal treat: made and enjoyed specifically to ring in the New Year.
10 Dutch Breakfast & Brunch Recipes
The Dutch tend to favor wholesome breakfast items such as brown bread, fruit and low fat spiced rye cake (called 'ontbijtkoek') over sugary cereals, pastries and muffins. Coffee, milk and juice often feature on the breakfast table in Holland. Other options include rusks, called 'beschuit', currant buns ('krentenbollen'), muesli, egg dishes and crackers with cheese and other toppings. Things get fancier on Dutch holidays, when smoked fish and fruited breads are are added.
The 10 Best Restaurants for Dutch Food in...
While it's still easier to find Indonesian, French or Italian restaurants in Amsterdam than eateries that dish up the city's native cuisine, local food is making a comeback as young Dutch chefs embrace their roots. My overview of restaurants that serve Dutch food runs the gamut from very cheap to very expensive, and includes restaurants that cook traditional Dutch dishes (sometimes with a twist) and eateries that use local ingredients in interesting new ways.
Learn How to Make Dutch Apple Pie From Scratch
This recipe delivers a really big apple pie, with a sandy-crisp, buttery crust and a pretty peek-a-boo lattice pattern on top.
Best Amsterdam Spots for Food Lovers - Food...
Join me for a virtual stroll along the best foodie spots Amsterdam has to offer for the culinary minded shopper. We will visit my favorite markets, restaurants, kitchen stores and cheese shops. There's sure to be something for even the pickiest gourmand. Welcome to Amsterdam!
The Story Behind Dutch Drop: A Licorice Love...
The Dutch are a nation obsessed with licorice. Discover its origins, how it's made and how it fits into Dutch culture.
Our King's Day dip owes its sunny color to...
We created this sweet, smoky dip of roasted peppers, chili and garlic for King's Day, but it's so good we'll be returning to it throughout the year.
Taste our homemade advocaat, and you'll never...
Advocaat is a creamy yellow liqueur made from a rich blend of egg yolks, sugar, brandy and a touch of vanilla - and really easy to make at home.
10 Dutch Appetizers
These delicious Dutch appetizer and savory snack recipes are ideal for everyday entertaining, parties and holiday get-togethers. Prepare in advance, so you can feed the hungry hordes without getting stuck in the kitchen yourself.
10 Easy-To-Make Meals for Pregnant Women
Want to cook healthy homemade meals for you and your baby while you're pregnant? Our list of 10 simple recipes for moms-to-be should get you off to a good start.
You'll Love These Poffertjes with Strawberries...
Pancake Puffs (known as 'Poffertjes' in Dutch) are basically fluffy baby pancakes. This recipe teams this Dutch favorite with strawberries & cream.
How to Make Your Own Dutch Speculaaskruiden...
Many Dutch recipes call for a fragrant spice mix called 'speculaaskruiden', which consists of cinnamon, mace, cloves, ginger and a few other spices. You can buy this spice mix (online), or substitute pumpkin pie spices, but if you want the authentic taste, why not mix your own? See my step by step guide, with photos.
10 Dutch Recipes You Absolutely Must Try
If you've never cooked Dutch food before, I'm sure it can be pretty daunting to figure out what to try first. I'd like to point you in the right direction. These recipes offer a small taste of what Holland has to offer.
Volkorenbrood: How to Make Whole Wheat Bread...
The Dutch really love their bread, but unlike so many nations they seem to have a preference for brown and wholewheat varieties. This easy recipe for whole wheat bread came to me via an artisanal baker in Amsterdam who specializes in whole wheat baked goods. So, roll up those sleeves and prepare for a flour fest.
All About King's Day
On April 30, Holland erups into one giant orange-clad street party. The excuse? To celebrate the Queen's birthday. Welcome to the Orange Madness that is 'Koninginnedag'!
Groninger Mosterdsoep (Mustard Soup from...
Is it a condiment, is it a soup? While the idea of mustard soup may sound strange to some, this traditional speciality from Groningen is really rather delicious. It's made with Groningen's regional mustard (although any decent grainy mustard could substitute pretty nicely), onions, chives and crispy bacon bits.
Taste Spring in the Netherlands with our...
It's hard to beat soft, tender lovely white asparagus. It's even harder to beat the way the Dutch eat it - swathed in Hollandaise sauce, chopped boiled eggs and slices of ham. This Asparagus Hollandaise is Spring cuisine at its swoonworthy best.
This five minute mango frozen yogurt is fit for...
We guarantee that this five minute mango frozen yogurt recipe will become a real standby in your summer kitchen.
It's Time to Hit the Road with this Classic...
An 'uitsmijter' is a typical feature on Amsterdam's cafe menus. It consists of fried eggs (sunny side up), on white bread, with ham and, sometimes, cheese.
Pan-Fried Pointed Cabbage with Leeks & Bacon
This vegetable side dish recipe features cabbage, leeks, onions and parsley. A classic combination that dates back to recipes from the Middle Ages. I've added bacon for added flavor and texture.
Homemade Dutch Mayonnaise
Homemade Dutch mayonnaise is nothing like the fake chemical stuff many supermarkets sell. It is rich and creamy and very grown up. It is also dead easy to make yourself, especially with my recipe.
Stroopwafels (Dutch Syrup Waffles)
While prepared in a waffle iron, 'stroopwafels' (syrup waffles) are more like caramel-filled cookies than waffles. Apparently, the first stroopwafels were baked in Gouda (also famous for its cheese) in the late 18th century. They are popular all over the Netherlands today, and while you can buy them abroad nowadays, they taste at their best freshly (home)made, baked until golden and crispy with a melting caramel center and that familiar warm sugary smell of Dutch fairgrounds and markets.
24 Dutch Seafood Recipes
From scrambled eggs with shrimp to classic sole with Hollandaise sauce, we have a seafood recipe for every meal and hour of the day here.
Discover 25 ways to cook with Dutch cheese.
This recipe collection places cheese in the spotlight, with recipes featuring Gouda cheese, Bastiaansen Blauw, 'Olde Remeker', 'boerenkaas', hard Dutch goat's cheese, chevre and more.
Brown Bean Soup
'Bruine bonen soep' (Dutch Brown Bean Soup) is a typical Dutch winter meal. My recipe is easy to make and an ideal way to get you hooked on winning winter food from Holland. Trust me, this soup will wrap you up like a warm blanket on a cold day.
How to Make Dutch Chrismas Wreath Cookies...
In the Netherlands, Christmas wreath cookies (called kerstkransjes in Dutch) are used to decorate the
The Easiest Dutch Cookies You Could Ever Make
This recipe delivers what could be described as the easiest cookies ever. These traditional Dutch treats are so light and crispy, you won't believe how simple they are to make.
Apple Syrup (Appelstroop)
Apple syrup is exactly what it says on the jar (so to speak), i.e. syrup made from apples. It’s tart and fruity, full of apple goodness and you can use it in a myriad ways.
Draadjesvlees (Traditional Dutch Slow-Braised...
This delicious traditional Dutch beef and onion stew is slowly braised in butter, stock and spices until the meat actually falls apart into threads (and indeed, 'draadjesvlees' means thready meat). It is the kind of homely winter food that you prepare on weekends: the meat in the pot may take hours, but you don't have to do much to it, which leaves you free to fold the laundry or potter about the house.
Dutch Veal Croquettes (Kalfskroketten)
An iconic Dutch snack, the veal croquette (or 'kroket' in Dutch) remains a favorite at parties and after late night cafe crawls. This recipe delivers a croquette with a crisp, breaded outside and a delicate, creamy ragout of veal at its center. But be warned: these delicacies can be deceptively hot inside, as many tongue-scorched victims that've fallen prey to their own gluttony can attest.
10 Best Coffee Bars in Amsterdam
Amsterdam's cafés have come a long way since the days when stale black filter coffee was the standard. Today, most Dutch cafés serve freshly brewed cappuccino, espresso and other Italian-style coffees and there is a thriving coffee bar culture in the capital city of the Netherlands. Discover Amsterdam's ten top spots to stop for a cup of coffee.
The Only Speculaas Recipe You Will Ever Need
These traditional Dutch cookies probably need no introduction, but if you haven't tried our cinnamon-spiced cookies yet, don't wait a moment longer.
Old-Fashioned Dutch Apple Beignets with Cinnamon
These fritters are like a cross between apple pie and donuts: the outside golden brown and crispy, and the apple on the inside just cooked, while still retaining some bite. They are traditionally served at New Year's Eve celebrations in the Netherlands, just before all those New Year's diet resolutions kick in. So tuck in while you have a chance.
Custard Slice of Heaven (Tompoes)
The custard slice, or ‘tompoes’ as it’s called in Dutch is a very popular pastry here in the Netherlands. The Dutch even claim that an Amsterdam baker invented them, but they’re popular in so many parts of the world now, who knows? And, frankly, who cares? The pleasure’s all in knowing that they’re delicious to eat.
This Celeriac & Potato Purée Recipe...
This textured pur é e of celery root and potatoes is the ultimate in comfort food. Enjoy this classic
The History of Dutch Food
A look at the history of food in the Netherlands - from the glory of the Golden Age through Holland's subsequent frugal phase and to today's slow culinary awakening.
Dutch Satay Sauce Recipe
Satay sauce, that peanutty Indonesian favorite, has become so entrenched in the food culture of the Netherlands that it’s now seen as near-native. In Holland, satay sauce is not only enjoyed with Indonesian classics such as the eponymous skewered meat dish or gado gado, but also with Dutch-style fries and barbecued meats.
Spekkoek Recipe
This spiced multi-layered cake is an excellent example of the true fusion between Dutch and Indonesian traditions, and a popular delicacy in the Netherlands today.
Sauerkraut-bacon stamppot will keep you warm...
This hearty hotchpotch with sauerkraut, potatoes and bacon is as reassuringly old-fashioned as it is wintry and warming.Try our recipe...
Sweeten up the festive season with these...
In the Netherlands, the beloved holidays St. Nicholas Eve (called 'Sinterklaas' in Dutch) on December 5, Christmas and New Year's Eve all have their own traditional sweets. This overview lists the most popular Dutch holiday treats.
Trout in Foil with White Wine & Tarragon Sauce
Many people are put off by the complicated sounding term 'en papillote', a popular way to cook fish. In fact, the term simply means 'cooked in parchment' or, in this case, foil. This recipe from 'Werken met Vis' cookbook explains how to make foil-wrapped Trout in eight easy steps. Page 8.
Dutch Apple Sauce
The Dutch love eating apple sauce (or appelmoes as they call it) as a condiment with their main meal. It's very much part of the everyday family meal here in Holland. My apple sauce is so easy to make, I guarantee that the hardest thing about it is peeling the apples!
Buttermilk dressing adds a tangy touch to...
Dutch buttermilk dressing adds a sprightly touch to a spring vegetables salad with new potatoes, fava beans and fresh garden peas.
Kroket
Kroket = A Dutch variety of the croquette. Find out more...
Cinnamon Glazed Carrots
Every culture seems to have their own version of sweet glazed carrots. The Dutch enjoy theirs with butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. I've added a touch of lemon to give it a bit of zesty zing. These carrots are fantastic with lamb chops.
Coleslaw (Koolsla)
Coleslaw is a typical barbeque standby and fantastic served with steaks, burgers or hot dogs. Kids love it, so it's a great way to get them to eat their veggies. This nutritious salad is nothing like the gloopy stuff many people think of at the mention of the word 'coleslaw'.
Indo-Dutch Satay
The Dutch have embraced the food of their former colony, Indonesia, as their own. Nowadays, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Dutch town without an Indonesian restaurant. Indonesian ingredients are available at every supermarket and Indonesian meals have become a staple of everyday Dutch cooking. My favorite Indonesian dish is most certainly satay, one of those dishes that can be very complicated and labor intensive or very easy. Ever the impatient cook, I’ve gone for the easy way.
Nasi Goreng (Dutch-Indonesian Fried Rice)
Thanks to Holland's colonial past in Indonesia, nasi goreng is a staple in every Dutch family home today. It's a classic fridge-raid recipe, using up leftover rice, vegetables, bacon and eggs to make a filling meal that'll please the whole family. Turning your leftovers into another meal isn't only a tasty way to save money, but will help to save the environment, too. In this way, an old family classic now seems more timely than ever.
Dutch Bacon & Apple Pancakes
Pancakes with apple, bacon and syrup may sound a bit strange to you, but don't knock it till you try it. It really is wickedly delicious.
Boerenjongens Recipe (Brandied Sultanas)
A favorite treat at Dutch festivities and celebrations, 'boerenjongens' or brandied raisins, are easy to make and can be enjoyed as a drink or used as an ingredient in other dishes.
Butter Biscuits (Boterkoek)
Often mistakenly called Dutch shortbread, these 'boterkoek' are, in fact, unique to the Netherlands. They have a slightly different taste and texture to shortbread, but if you are a fan of the Scottish treat you are likely to love these too.
Chocolate-Covered Kruidnoten
Chocolate kruidnoten (the small gingerbread-style cookies enjoyed at 'Sinterklaas') have been popular for a number of years as an update to the traditional cookie. You can use milk- or dark chocolate for this recipe, but I think the complexity of the latter complements the heady mix of spices used in this festive Dutch cookie better.
Spring Vegetable Soup with Meatballs
Meatballs feature in many traditional Dutch vegetable soup recipes and this one is my take on 'groentesoep met balletjes', using typical Dutch spring vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, celery, young turnip rape ('meiknolletjes'), leeks and carrots with little rose veal meatballs. This seasonal soup can be played with and adapted to any season using what's fresh and available.
Rijstebrij (Old-Fashioned Dutch Rice Pudding)
In the olden days, 'rijstebrij' was served at feast days and weddings. Presumably this was because rice, cinnamon and sugar were expensive, exotic ingredients back then. In fact, Flemish Renaissance painter Breughel is said to have painted rice pudding in 'De Boerenbruiloft' (The Peasant Wedding), dated 1567. However, this old-fashioned favorite remains as popular as ever - at least, in my home.
How to Make Kaasstengels From Scratch (Dutch...
These crispy cheesy twists of puff pastry are traditionally served as a savory accompaniment to soup, but they are just as good as a snack.
Sauteed Curly Kale
This healthy side dish features iron-rich curly kale (a very traditional Dutch ingredient) in a new guise -- sauteed with onions, garlic, chilli and onions.
How the Dutch Do French Toast: A Cinnamony Take...
This recipe will whip you up a quick, easy and delicious batch of custardy cinnamon-flavored French toast - done the Dutch way.
Slow and Easy Does it for our Aromatic Pork...
Babi Ketjap is a typical Indonesian stew, featuring pork, aromatic spices and Indonesian soy sauce. The Dutch have embraced the food of their former colony as their own and it has become part and parcel of their culinary heritage. Babi Ketjap is exactly the kind of Indonesian dish Dutch people cook at home because it is so accessible and easy to make.
20 Dutch Apple Recipes
A collection of 20 sweet and savory recipes featuring the humble apple.
Easy Pork Rib Roast with Oven-Roasted Vegetables
Forget turkey, the Dutch way to celebrate is with pork. This easy one-pot recipe delivers a juicy rib roast with crispy crackling and oven roasted veggies.
Traditional Flemish Waterzooi Recipe
Waterzooi is a traditional Flemish fish dish, which straddles that notional territory between a soup and a stew. Some modern versions feature chicken and fish, but this recipe from 'Werken met Vis' cookbook follows a deliciously old-fashioned all-fish formula.
Slagroomtaart (Dutch Cream Cake)
For an authentically Dutch celebration, you simply have to make this festive cake. There's plenty of freshly whipped cream in this Dutch cream cake, hence the name. To cut through the richness, I like to use tart fruits, like raspberries and redcurrants, in-between the layers of plain sponge and cream.
This Maraschino-scented Dutch dessert tastes...
Chipolata pudding is a gelatine-set dessert flavored with Maraschino liqueur and studded with raisins, glacé or fresh fruits and nuts. This version uses fresh fruits, which we prefer, and has a thick, foamy finish.
Banketstaaf (Dutch Christmas Log)
The 'banketstaaf' is a traditional Dutch treat served at Christmas time. Flaky puff pastry, dusted with a snowfall of powdered sugar, encases a soft, flavorful almond paste center.
Best Spots for Food Lovers in The Hague - Food...
No day of shopping is complete without a relaxing and much-needed meal. We've selected a few favorite brunch and lunch spots in The Hague, all of which are conveniently located in the main shopping areas. Page 5.
How To Make Stamppot Rauwe Andijvie.
This old-fashioned Dutch winter dish is rich in potassium, vitamin C, folate, fiber and vitamins A and K. Try it now...
Kruidnoten (Ginger Nuts)
The little sister of 'speculaas', 'kruidnoten' are tiny rounded cookies eaten at 'Sinterklaas'. They're spiced with ginger, cinnamon, white pepper, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg.
Jan Hagel Cookies
These Dutch Christmas cookies with their hint of cinnamon, almond slivers and sugary crunch are just great for the holidays -- or, in fact, any time.
A Step by Step Guide to Making Dutch Veal...
An iconic Dutch snack, the veal croquette ((or 'kroket' in Dutch) remains a favorite at parties and during late night cafe crawls. A crisp, breaded outside reveals a delicate, creamy ragout of veal at its center. But be warned: these delicacies can be deceptively hot inside, as many tongue-scorched victims that have fallen prey to their own gluttony can attest.
Culinary Influences on the Dutch Kitchen
What do the Persians, Romans, French, Spanish, Indonesians, Surinamese, Moroccans and Turkish have in common? They have all stamped their influence on the Dutch kitchen. Holland, in turn, has left a culinary legacy behind in some parts of the world.
16 Summery Salad Recipes
Break out of your salad rut with these sixteen recipes for summertime salads.
Lobster Soup Recipe
This lobster soup recipe was adapted from a cookbook by 19th century caterer-to-the-king,Rijntje Biljardt. While people often claim that a dish is 'fit for a king', in this case, it happens to be true.
Deep-Fried Camembert with Cranberry Sauce
Easy to make and delicious to eat, deep-fried camembert with cranberry sauce makes an excellent appetizer for even the most festive of meals.
Steamed Asparagus with Ham, Egg, Potatoes &...
Most traditional Dutch recipes call for white asparagus to be poached or steamed and served with melted butter or hollandaise, chopped boiled eggs, ham and boiled new potatoes. My updated version of this old-fashioned recipe puts the microwave to good use, cutting down on time and dishes.
10 Dutch breads, cakes and pastries to bake...
A few of our favorite recipes for Dutch cakes, breads and pastries to bake at home.
White Asparagus With Salmon
Delicate white asparagus and salty smoked salmon make a moreish match in this simple recipe.
A Fruit Smoothie Fit for all Dutch Orange-Theme...
This smoothie with oranges, banana, plums and mango is the healthy answer to all those orange-tinged foods on the Dutch holiday of King's Day.
Krakelingen Recipe (Sugared Dutch Pretzels)
Pretzels are known and loved throughout the world, but Dutch pretzels are different from the salty snack you may know. In the Netherlands, pretzels or 'krakelingen' as they're called locally, are sweet rather than savory.
Put some spring into your seasonal cooking with...
Twenty of our favourite Dutch spring recipes using the season's finest ingredients, such asparagus, strawberries, fava beans and soft garden herbs.
Best Amsterdam Terraces
Looking for something off the beaten track, where the locals go for a drink on a hot summer´s day? Our selection of Amsterdam patios includes plenty of waterside cafes, glorious garden patios and a rooftop terrace with stunning city views.
Our homemade speculaas cookie butter takes mere...
The easiest cookie butter recipe ever will make you wonder why you haven't tried making Biscoff spread from scratch before.
Dutch Shrimp Croquettes (Garnalenkroketten)
Ask any Amsterdammer about Holtkamp bakery and you'll hear praise for their excellent cakes, cookies, pastries and savory snacks. In fact, this patisserie is particularly renowned for their shrimp croquettes. This recipe delivers croquettes with a crisp breadcrumb exterior and a well-filled, gooey center of delicately spiced shrimp - a true delicacy.
Duivekater Recipe (Traditional Dutch Sweet...
Learn how to make 'duivekater', a traditional tibia-shaped festive bread, at home with this easy-to-follow recipe.
You have to try this Dutch hazelnut meringue...
If you've ever visited a Dutch bakery, you will have seen a hazelnut meringue cream cake. Why not try making this gluten-free treat at home?
Queen's Day
On April 30, Holland erups into one giant orange-clad street party. The excuse? To celebrate the Queen's birthday. Welcome to the Orange Madness that is 'Koninginnedag'!
Our raw cauliflower salad is rich in vitamins...
Harness all of cauliflower's cancer-fighting properties with this crispy cauliflower salad, featuring red onion, chilli, lime and coriander.
Gouda gougères are a fun party snack...
These gougères, featuring 'boerenkaas' (raw-milk artisanal Gouda cheese), will add a Dutch touch to your appetizer platter come cocktail time.
Forgotten Soup
There is nothing forgettable about my Forgotten Soup, it's simply made with some of those old-fashioned veggies that have been labeled as 'vergeten groenten' (forgotten vegetables) in Dutch culinary circles, and as a result have become rather trendy. My soup uses some of these vegetables, including turnip-rooted parsley, celeriac, beets, and kohlrabi.
Slavinken (Bacon Wrapped Pork Parcels)
You'll find 'slavinken' (bacon wrapped pork parcels) at every Dutch butcher and supermarket. My version includes traditional Dutch meat herbs, which add a flavorful touch.
Amsterdamse Koggetjes (Dutch Nougatine Cookies...
Once named the official cookie for the Dutch city of Amsterdam, these delicious nougat-studded cookies are also known as 'nougatientjes'.
Frikadellen (Dutch Snack Sausages)
Frikadellen usually come in the guise of those dodgy-looking skinless sausages that are deep fried and sold at ‘snackbars’; often as a broodje frikadel, squeezed between two cottonwool-like buns and doused liberally with mayo, tomato sauce (or its ‘curry saus’ cousin) and lashings of raw onion. Kooy’s version is grilled and slightly more grown up, served with chicory and sweet and sour ‘mustard fruit’ (cauliflower, carrots and pearl onions preserved in a mustard syrup).
Smoked Mackerel Spread (Gerookte Makreelpate)
A quick recipe for moreish smoked mackerel spread with celery leaves and horseradish.
If You Always Have Eggs in the House, Here's 15...
Eggs, that ubiquitous store-cupboard standby, plays the starring role in these fifteen fabulous egg recipes.
Gevulde Speculaas (Dutch Spiced Cookies Filled...
'Gevulde Speculaas' is a traditional Dutch cookie served at Christmas time, or these days, anytime. Crispy layers of ginger-cinnamon cookie, decorated with almonds, encase a soft, flavorful almond paste center.
Chicken from the Golden Age
The ingredients for this recipe are straight out of a 17th century Dutch cookbook. I've updated the cooking method, but the basic ingredients -- chicken with bacon, butter, herbs and spices -- remains the same as in the original recipe.
Stroopkoeken Recipe (Dutch Syrup Cookies)
Similar to the more well-known 'stroopwafel', those delicious caramel-filled waffles sold piping hot on Dutch markets, the 'stroopkoek' (literally 'syrup cake') can be baked in a regular oven. What you get is a caramel-filled cookie that absolutely everyone will love.
Poached Pears in Red Wine
Fragrant pears poached in red wine make for a healthy dessert or a rather different side dish. This is perfect for people who are not too fond of sugary-sweet desserts. Or for someone who wants to add something new and wonderful to their dinner repertoire, instead of the usual peas and carrots.
Make Cheese Crackers from Scratch with this...
These Gouda Cookies are a fantastic party snack. I've been told they taste a bit like Cheez-Its, only more wholesome (I think it was a compliment). At any rate, these savory cheese cookies are nothing if not simple: good aged Gouda, flour, butter, pepper and a touch of nutmeg.
Curry Bunnies
These delicious curry bunnies are an excellent example of Dutch-South African fusion. The Dutch brought their traditional 'oliebollen' to their former colony, where it was renamed 'vetkoek' and teamed with curried minced meat, packed full of all the wondrous spices Dutch trading ships were bringing back from their other colonies in the East.
Grandmother's Red Cabbage (Rode Kool Met...
Red cabbage and apples (rode kool met appeltjes) is a very old-fashioned, but much loved, side dish here in Holland. It goes really well with hearty meals like stews and venison.
Dutch Shrimp & Cucumber Sandwiches
These pretty sandwiches combine refreshing cucumber with delicious Dutch shrimp ('Hollandse garnalen'), those moreish greyish-pink morsels native to our waters. Rather conveniently, you can buy them already peeled, deveined and cooked at fishmongers and supermarkets all over the Netherlands, but you can easily substitute them with whatever small shrimp or prawns are native to your area.
Serve this chilled custard ("vla" in Dutch)...
Infused with star anise and served with fresh summer berries, this chilled custard brings cool comfort on a hot day.
Kapucijnerschotel (Dutch Grey Pea Dish)
Monk's Mince is my name for 'kapucijnerschotel' (literally: grey pea dish). It is a typical Dutch family meal, with grey peas (or marrowfat peas), minced beef, apples and bacon. Monk's Mince is easy to make and even easier to tuck into.
Bruges Lace Cookies (Brugse Kant/Kletskoppen)
Bruges lace cookies, or 'kletskoppen' as they're known in Dutch, are very thin, hard, crispy cookies that consist primarily of sugar and nuts.
Thought Stamppot Was Only for the Winter? Think...
Stamppot (Dutch vegetable mash) is usually considered a winter dish, but it was such a diet staple in bygone times that the Dutch used to eat it year round. Stamppot Sla is a spring stamppot. It is made with spring-fresh butter lettuce (Hollandse kropsla).
Quick Ginger Beer
Ginger beer is a very popular Caribbean drink. It has been edging its way onto Dutch supermarket shelves more and more as the demand from Holland's Caribbean immigrants grows. Making real ginger beer at home is a long process. Here is my homemade cheat's version.
Puff Pastry Tarts with Hard Dutch Goat's...
Puff pastry tarts are an easy way out when you want a savory pie but none of the hassle. I simply use pastry squares straight from the box and add the pan-softened veggies on top, before sliding it into a warm oven - what could be easier?
10 More Top Terraces in Amsterdam
When warm weather finally arrives in the Netherlands after a long wet winter, it seems as if everybody embraces the sunshine and heads outside to the nearest terrace. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor patios, ranging from a classic garden getaway in one of the city's most beautiful parks to newly opened river- and canalside cafes.
Baked Eggs with Spinach, Leeks & Gouda Recipe
Whether you make these baked eggs for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, this recipe produces an easy yet nutritious meal.
Witlof
What the Dutch call witlof is known as known by many other names abroad, such as Belgian endive, chicory and 'witloof' in Belgium.
Try our blackberry version of the Dutch dessert...
This is our take on the traditional Dutch dessert, Haagse bluf (translates to "Hague bluff", supposedly
Dutch Culinary Icons
Every nation has its culinary icons. The British have their fish & chips and tea, Americans their hamburgers and Coca Cola and Italians their pasta and pizza. The Dutch, too, have quite a few culinary icons that inspire longing in expatriates and uncritical love at all times.
Eyeren Lombaert (Lombardian Zabaione with...
Today, most of us are familiar with marsala custards in the form of Italian zabaione or French sabayon. This saffron-flavored version was based on a recipe in 'Notabel boecxken van cokeyen', a Dutch cookbook published in Brussel in 1514. It was adapted by Robbie Dell'Aira in 'Kastelenkookboek'.
Carrot Soufflé with Watercress Salad Recipe
This light and airy carrot soufflé makes for an elegant start to any dinner.
Banoffee Pie Recipe
What's not to love about this banana and caramel dessert from Homemade Winter? It's a recipe from the author's childhood in Ireland and with its sweet flavors and creamy textures is perhaps the very definition of cold weather comfort food.
Dark Chocolate Mousse
Over 1,320,000,000 pounds of cocoa beans pass through Amsterdam's port every year - a sixth of the world's cocoa production - making Amsterdam the world's largest cocoa port. So, it's only fitting that my dark chocolate mousse uses chocolate in one of its purest forms: with 85% cocoa. This is a good basic recipe that you can play around with.
Our apricot butterfly cookies are suitably...
These butterfly cut-out cookies with apricot jam are perfect for orange-themed Dutch celebrations, such as King's Day.
Grilled Sea Bass with Garlic & Parsley...
In this recipe, European seabass is anointed with a flavorful garlic and parsley oil and then grilled in a barbecue basket. Grilling seabass brings out the delicate flavors of the fish, while adding delicious smoky aromas.
Kerstfeest (Christmas in Holland)
Christmas is celebrated over two days in the Netherlands, i.e. 'Eerste Kerstdag' (First Christmas Day) on December 25 and 'Tweede Kerstdag' (Second Christmas Day) on December 26, both of which are public holidays. Christmas in Holland is not centered on Santa Claus, crazy commercialism and gift-giving, but on the family and the ambiance of the holiday.
Edible Expressions from the Netherlands
Idiomatic expressions add local flavor to language, and those expressions that relate to food perhaps reflect a nation's eating culture most of all. Here is our (non-exhaustive) list of food-related Dutch idioms, proverbs and sayings.
Boerenmeisjes (Brandied Apricots)
'Boerenmeisjes' (literally 'farm girls') is a Dutch regional speciality from Groningen. They're essentially apricots preserved in brandy, with a hint of lemon adding extra flavor. I think the Dutch name is as pretty as the final product is tasty.
Steamed Cod Fillet with Carrots and Leeks
Steaming is not only one of the easiest ways of preparing fish, it is certainly one of the healthiest. Try this good-for-you recipe with (sustainable) cod, court bouillon, leeks and carrots.
Nasi Goreng
Nasi Goreng = A popular Indo-Dutch dish in the Netherlands. Find out more...
If there were a Dutch national dish, this would...
Could a mash-up of (root) vegetables really be the Dutch national dish? Find out...
This tart with fresh green asparagus has spring...
This seasonal spring tart with fresh green asparagus, puff pastry, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, tarragon and almonds places the verdant spears in the spotlight - exactly where they belong.
Ostrich Steak with Mashed Potatoes & Blackberry...
This recipe is a good example of the pure, honest flavors that Landgoed Mariënwaerdt, a well-known Dutch country estate, is renowned for. Ostrich is a great alternative to most fatty festive foods, because it has all the beefy flavor of red meat, but only 1/3 of the fat. The blackberry sauce makes the most of this lean meat, in much the same way that cranberry sauce does for turkey.
Bread Rooster Recipe - Broodhaantje Recept
This traditional edible bread decoration for your Easter table is sure to impress your guests.
Pickled Herring Salad with Sour Apples & Potatoes
Tangy Granny Smith apples, spicy horseradish and creamy potatoes offer the perfect background for the fresh-sour flavor of pickled herring from Holland in this yummy salad recipe.
Forgotten Vegetables
Old is the new 'new' in the vegetable world these days. What could be more fun than learning to cook with 'new' ingredients that have actually been around for a long time? Now that these forgotten veggies, like celeriac, parsnips and black salsify are becoming available again, they have quickly become part of my everyday cooking repertoire. Try these vegetables, they deserve to be remembered.
Asian flavors turn Dutch stamppot into a...
Asian ingredients update ''stamppot'', that most traditional of Dutch dishes for a result that's not only delicious but also happens to be vegetarian.
Smoked Herring Fishcakes
Team leftover mashed potatoes with flakes of smoked fish for a main that is both frugal and fabulous.
Meringue Mess
This dessert combines blueberries, blackberries, ginger flavored whipped cream and meringues. I like to call it Meringue Mess.
Learn How To Make Spijs (Almond Paste) with Our...
Almond paste (called 'spijs' in Dutch) is used as a filling in a number of Dutch baked goods, such as 'stollen', 'gevulde koek', 'gevulde speculaas', 'banketstaaf', etc. It's very easy to make your own.
Lekkerbek met Ravigotesaus (Deep-Fried Plaice...
'Lekkerbek', a version of fish and chips, is not to be missed. The recipe uses plaice instead of overfished cod, whiting or hake. Serve this deep-fried Dutch delicacy with herb-rich ravigote sauce.
Turkish Pistachio Dip Recipe
This effort-free vegetarian dip is made from pistachios, Turkish sheep's cheese (peynir), garlic, olive oil and parsley. Trust me on this - you'll be hearing ooohs and aaahs the minute people taste it. Serve as an appetizer, with (Turkish bread), olives, and other dips.
Crackers be gone! Stuff witlof with chevre,...
Team Belgian endive with chevre, crispy bacon and walnuts for a gluten-free, low carb appetizer that may make you forget you once loved crackers.
Orange & Banana Muffins
Muffins are a relatively recent trend in the Netherlands, but they have been fully embraced here, because they are so easy to make at home. Unlike Americans, the Dutch don't see muffins as a breakfast item, but rather as a sweet snack or treat. I like to come up with my own versions. Orange and banana smoothies (another import) are a favorite on our family breakfast table, and I've recreated those flavors here in muffin form. The result tastes of banana bread with a zesty zing from the orange.
Truffle Kruidnoten Cupcakes
These festive cupcakes were inspired by truffle 'kruidnoten', the latest twist on classic Dutch 'kruidnoten', those tiny ginger nut cookies eaten at 'Sinterklaas'. I'll describe it as an aromatic cakelet topped with a layer of crispy sweet white chocolate, dusted with bitter Dutch cocoa powder. Need I say more?
Make kibbeling (goujons) from scratch with this...
If you've ever taken a stroll along a Dutch beach, you may have sampled 'kibbeling' at a seaside stall. This recipe uses battered plaice pieces to make these delicious Dutch fish nuggets.
Taai-Taai Cookie Recipe
Literally translated as 'tough-tough', these traditional 'Sinterklaas' cookies owe their typical chewy texture to honey. They are often made in beautiful festive molds and taste of aniseed.
Jam & Coconut Meringue Tartlets
These delicious South African cookies will be more familiar as 'Hertzoggies' to some. A traditional Afrikaner treat, the little tarts may have been the lovechild of the Dutch's love for filled fruit pies (such as apple pie and 'vlaaien') and exotic colonial ingredients, like apricot and coconut.
Kapucijners
Kapucijners = A Dutch variety of grey peas. Find out more...
Poached Salmon with Chive Sour Cream & Fresh...
Salmon is native to Dutch rivers, and although not as abundant as they once were you can catch local Dutch salmon in our rivers today. While most of the salmon we eat in the Netherlands today is either farmed and/or imported, recipes for salmon has been appearing in Dutch cookbooks since at least 1514. This recipe makes a light and modern dinner; the salmon is poached in white wine, with a bay leaf and peppercorns, and served with a chive sour cream sauce and a light, dill laced potato salad.
Baked Thick-Cut Fries (Luie Wijven Friet)
Who says fries have to be bad for you? My recipe cuts down on the grease factor and ups the nutrients. No mess, no fuss and all the taste.

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