Sunday, 6 September 2015

Dutch Comfort Food: Stamppot - mash potatoes.

Dutch Comfort Food: Stamppot Recipe
Stamppot (English: Mash pot) is a traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several other vegetables or fruits.
Recipe for the perfect stamppot.

1½ lb (700 g) potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
½ lb (225 g) smoked bacon, diced
2 onions, diced
1 lb (450 g) andijvie*, roughly chopped (there’s no obvious non-Dutch version of andijvie, but kale make a good substitute.
The kale is sautéed with onions and garlic before its mashed with the potatoes.)
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1 large knob butter
1 splash milk
Salt and pepper
½-1 rookworst or other smoked sausage per person (depending how hungry you are!)

Boil the potatoes in salted water in a large pot until cooked through - drain and return to the pot.
While the potatoes are cooking, fry off the bacon and onion in a little oil until lightly browned.

Add the andijvie to the still steaming-hot potatoes and roughly mash everything together – the steam from the potatoes will wilt the greens. (If you are using kale instead, you may want to boil it for a few minutes before adding it to the potatoes as it takes longer to cook.)
Then add in the fried bacon and onions, mustard, butter, milk and a good pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the rookworst according to the packet instructions and serve with the stamppot. One of the best ways to do it is simply to boil it in its bag with the potatoes!

*Endive is a leaf vegetable belonging to the genus Cichorium, which includes several similar bitter leafed vegetables.
More: DUTCH STAMPPOT - Panning The Globe

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