A Very Dutch Meal: Stamppot
- Curly Kale ‘Stamppot’
Stamppot is a Dutch word that means something like Mash Pot. It’s a mix of potatoes and vegetables mashed together, and there are a variety of vegetables you can use in it. Ben loves kale stamppot, so usually that’s what I end up making. This is such a hearty and simple dish to make, perfect for the winter!
I made a big pot of it and took some into work so my (Canadian) co-workers could have a taste of a real Dutch dish and they liked it!
I used the recipe from a book called Dutch Cooking Today, but changed one thing: I think kale can end up tasting yucky when it’s cooked too long so I like to steam it separately for just a few minutes. I also like to add flavor by sauteeing it in a bit of olive oil or butter with diced garlic before mixing it in with the mashed potatoes.
1 1/2 kg/1 lb floury potatoes, peeled & cut into pieces
1 onions, peeled & chopped
600 g/20 oz trimmed and cleaned curly kale, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
salt & freshly ground pepper
1 smoked sausage (350 g/12 oz)
150 ml/5 fl oz milk
25 g/1 oz butter
Put the potatoes, onions, curly kale (as mentioned above, I leave the kale out and steam it separately) and bay leaf with seasoning in a large pan. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and cook about 25 minutes on a low heat until cooked.
Meanwhile simmer the sausage for about 25 minutes in water, or follow the directions on the package. Remove the bay leaf from the pan, drain the vegetables and mash them finely.
Heat the milk and butter and stir through the potato and curly kale mash until smooth. If necessary, season with salt and pepper. Slice the sausage and arrange on top of the ‘stamppot’.
I hope you liked hearing about an authentic Dutch meal! If you try it out, let me know what you think!
Also, here’s something I’ve been meaning to do:
I was given the Liebster award by the lovely and hilarious Courtney Lane.
This award is given to a blogger with less than 200 followers and is a fantastic way to promote and encourage new friendships within the blogging community. I was honored to be given this by Courtney, whose blog I love! She is an interior design student with a great eye and a great sense of humor.
This is how it works:
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Here are my picks…these blogs inspire me and I always love seeing what they’re up to! I will say that it was HARD to just pick 5, but here they are: