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Dutch recipe for salad with potatoes, green beans and feta cheese

Lukewarm potato, lettuce and green bean salad

In Dinner, Modern, Recipes, Vegetarian, Vegetarian dinner On 07/08/2013 0 Comments

This is definitely one of the more modern Dutch recipes that we know and it has some ingredients that are not Dutch. So how do we decide that it’s a Dutch recipe then? Well, the main ingredients are potato, green beans and lettuce. That’s about as Dutch as it can get now, isn’t it? The cashews add some of the Netherlands’ colonial past to this dish and the feta cheese… Well… You’ve got us there. Nothing Dutch about that one at all, but hey, it adds taste, so we will allow ourselves this frivolity.

This Dutch recipe is completely vegetarian and although we are aware that leaving animal products out doesn’t necessarilly make for a good vegan dish, this one also tastes wonderful without the feta.

Also, be aware that this is not a side salad but a main course. Because it is not a hot meal nor a simple side salad, it is ideal to eat for dinner on a hot summer day.

Steps

  1. Fry the pre-cooked potato dice in a frying pan until golden brown and add salt when finished
  2. Boil water in a pan and cook the green beans for 12 to 14 minutes
  3. Drain the boiling water from the green beans and pour cold water over them to cool them down
  4. Put the fried potato cubes, green beans and the lettuce in a bowl with the cashews and feta cheese and mix them
  5. Take a small bowl in which you combine the oil, white wine vinegar and mustard. Stir this to a smooth dressing.
  6. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix again

This is a very simple but tasty and popular Dutch recipe which is particularly popular during the summer months.

dutch recipe for cherry turnover

Puff pastry cherry turnovers (Kersenflappen)

In Fruit, Pastry and cookies, Snacks, Vegetarian On 20/07/2013 0 Comments

It’s cherry time again, so we thought we should come up with another Ducth recipe that involves cherries: kersenflappen. Although the typical, traditional Dutch recipe would be for appelflappen (apple turnovers), these are wonderful with cherries as well.

Steps

  1. Remove the pips from the cherries. You will need about 100 cherries and removing their cores can be a messy job. Your counter is likely to look like a scene from Dexter and cherry stains are really difficult to wash out of your clothes, so wear an apron!
  2. Put all ten of the sheets of puff pastry on the counter in front of you.
  3. Place about 10 cherries in the middle of each puff pastry sheet and sprinkle them with two teaspoons of granulated sugar.
  4. Fold one corner of the puff pastry sheets over the cherries until you reach the opposite corner and fold it shut.
  5. Press the sides with a fork to prevent the puff pastry from opening back up while being baked.
  6. Heat your oven until it is 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees celcius, gas mark 7).
  7. Take a butter brush and spread some egg yolk over each of the pastries.
  8. Now sprinkle some granulated sugar on top of each of the pastries.
  9. Put baking paper on the baking tray and put your kersenflappen on it.
  10. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown
  11. You can now take your kersenflappen out of the over.

You should leave the result of this Dutch snack to cool, as kersenflappen are to be eaten cold.

According to your own taste, you can tweak this Dutch recipe by increasing or decreasing the amount of sugar used.

Below, there is a picture of part of the stuffing process, just in case it would not be clear based on the description alone.

Dutch recipe for cherry turnover

Fold one corner over the cherries to meet the opposite corner. Press sides with a fork.

Enjoy your kersenflappen!

Surinamese-Dutch recipe for Roti, chicken masala and green beans

Surinamese-Dutch roti with chicken masala and green beans

In Dinner, Dinner with meat, Surinamese-Dutch recipes On 18/07/2013 0 Comments

The Dutch kitchen has been influenced by many different cultures all over the world during the colonial era. The Netherlands colonized the Antilles (in the Caribbean sea), Indonesia, South Africa and Suriname. As a result, traditional Dutch recipes sometimes contain exotic spices. Also, along with people from these country migrating from their tropical homeland to the Netherlands, complete dishes were imported from overseas, and sometimes ‘Dutchified’ to fit the tastes of the Dutch natives. This recipe for roti is one of those dishes, and that’s why it is very much a Dutch recipe to us. (more…)

Dutch recipe for cherry pancakes

Limburgian-Dutch cherry pancakes

In Dinner, Fruit, Lunch, Traditional, Vegetarian On 16/07/2013 0 Comments

This Dutch recipe for cherry pancakes is from the south of the Netherlands, from the province of Limburg, which is a holiday destination for many of the Dutch. Food is an important part of Limburgian culture, and adds a lot to the Dutch cuisine. Fruit grows everywhere in this region, and as a result, many Dutch recipes from this province have fruits in them. So do these cherry pancakes.

Steps

  1. Put the flour in a bowl and make sure the milk is lukewarm. Add a bit of the milk to the yeast and stir.
  2. Split the eggs.
  3. Add the egg yolks, sugar and prepared yeast to the flour. Add part of the milk and stir until the batter is smooth.
  4. Add the remainder of the milk. Be sure that the batter is (very) firm.
  5. Beat the eggwhites until they are stiff and scoop them through the dough.
  6. Put the dough in a warm place and allow to rise until twice the initial volume.
  7. Wash the cherries, remove the pits. If the cherries are big, cut them in half.
  8. Heat some butter in a frying pan and pour a spoonful of batter into the pan. Immediately, start pressing the cherries into the dough.
  9. Slowly bake the cherry pancake until the upside is dry. Then, turn it around and bake the other side.

Make sure to use plenty of butter for baking. If necessary, wipe the pan clean inbetween pancakes. Because of the sugar in the cherries, the bottom of the pan can become sticky. These cherry pancakes are supposed to be eaten while warm, but also taste fine cold.

You can also add some (powdered) sugar. A variation on this regional Dutch recipe can be made by exchanging the cherries for strawberries, which magically turns your cherry pancakes into strawberry pancakes.

My wife’s grandmother used to make this regional Dutch recipe, as well as her mother before her. This Dutch recipe goes back more than a century, which probably says something about how wonderful cherry pancakes actually are….

Dutch recipe for mussels "Zeeuws mosselpannetje"

Dutch mussels with bacon served in a pan

In Dinner, Fish, Traditional On 15/07/2013 0 Comments

This one of the most typically Dutch recipes for mussels, which is to be served in a pan. Mussels are a very popular Dutch food, and are considered a delicacy. Particularly in the province of Zeeland, the art of preparing Dutch mussels, which are gathered from the coastal waters, is brought to perfection. Therefore, this dish is called a “Zeeuws mosselpannetje”, which translates as “Zeelandian mussels, served in a pan”.

Steps

  1. Check the mussels. If the shells are broken or if they don’t close if you firmly tap them, throw them away. You don’t want to eat mussels that have gone bad…
  2. Melt the butter in a big, high pan and bake the baconstrips until they are (almost) crisp.
  3. Add the celeriac, onions, leek, carrot and celery and bake for another 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the white wine into the pan.
  5. Put the mussels on top of the vegetables and sprinkle plenty of ground pepper on top.
  6. Kook for 6 to 8 minutes or until all the shells have opened.
  7. Serve your traditional mussels in the broth with french bread on the side. Alternatively, you could let this recipe for mussels be accompanied by some fries.

There are many more Dutch recipes for mussels and other seafoods, which will be published in the “Dutch recipes for seafood” category on this site.

Ducth recipe for snack saucijzenbroodje

Sausage roll with puff pastry: Saucijzenbroodje

In Lunch, Lunch with meat, Traditional On 14/07/2013 1 Comment


The saucijzenbroodje (sausage roll in English) is a popular Dutch recipe for lunch. There are roughly two types of Dutch recipes for sauasage rolls, and although both are prepared with minced meat, the difference is in the dough. There is the so-called “worstenbroodje”, which is made with regular dough that is also used for baking bread. However, here we will provide the recipe for a “saucijzenbroodje”, which is made with puff pastry. ¬†As these Dutch sausage rolls can vary in size, they are eaten as a meal (usually lunch) or as a hot snack. (more…)