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    How to Cook dishes from the Netherlands

    Netherlands Dutch cuisine is mainly derived from three sources:
    • Firstly, the agricultural produce of the Netherlands. Vegetables tend to form a more important part of the Dutch diet than meat, but beef, pork and chicken are all eaten.

    • Secondly, the country's history as a seafaring nation. In general, fish and seafood (including cod, eel, herring, mackerel, mussels, oysters, plaice, salmon, sardines, soleidae, shrimp, trout and tuna) are all eaten in the Netherlands.

    • Thirdly, the Dutch established a colonial empire, and this too left its mark on Dutch cuisine. The most important Dutch colony was the Dutch East Indies (Dutch: Nederlands-Indië), which is today known as Indonesia. The Dutch were in the East Indies for approximately 250 years, and a result Indonesian dishes such as Nasi goreng (spicy rice with chicken or pork) have become Dutch dishes too!
    Some popular Dutch recipes and dishes include:
    • Balkenbrij - A liverwurst sausage loaf (Dutch: Leverworst). It is made from pork and pork liver, the latter of which gives it a distinctive liver-taste. It is prepared by cutting it into slices, each about ½ inch (1 centimeter) thick, which are then fried.

    • Bitterballen - A meat-based snack, often eaten as a fastfood. Bitterballen are made from chopped or ground beef, beef broth, flour, butter and seasonings (sometimes including parsley, nutmeg or even curry powder). They are made into balls just over 1 inch in diameter (3 centimeters), and then deep-fried. Bitterballen are usually served with a small bowl of mustard for dipping.


    • Boerenkoolstamppot - This is a stew made from potato and kale. It is usually served with gravy and rookwurst (Dutch spicy sausage).

    • Frikandel - A skinless sausage which is deep-fried and eaten warm. It is usually made from a combination of pork, beef, chicken and horse meat, and is sometimes served on a bun ("broodje frikandel").

    • Hete bliksem - Boiled potatoes and green apples. It is eaten with with syrup (Dutch: Stroop), or diced dry-cured ham flavored with juniper (Dutch: Speck).

    • Hutspot - This is a traditional Dutch stew. It is made using boiled and mashed potatoes with carrots and onions.

    • Nasi goreng - This is the Dutch version of a recipe from Indonesian cuisine. The principal ingredient is fried rice, but egg, prawn, onions, and shallot may also be added. The dish is flavored with spices and soy sauce. Because of the familiarity of the dish in the Netherlands, Dutch people tend to refer all varieties of East Asian fried rice as "nasi goreng".

      Nasi goreng

    • Stamppot rauwe andijvie - Raw endive (a variant of chicory) mashed into potatoes, and served with diced fried juniper-flavored ham (Dutch: Speck).

    • Tête de veaux - This dish is originally from the province of Limburg. It is beef with mushrooms in a tomato sauce.

    • Zuurkoolstamppot - Mashed potatoes with sauerkraut (pickled cabbage) It is normally served with sausage or bacon, and sometimes flavored with curry powder, raisins or pineapple.
    Some popular Dutch desserts include:
    • Appeltaart - Apple pie. Appeltaart usually has a lattice-style topping and icing, and as well as apple will typically contain lemon, raisins and cinnamon.

    • Bossche bol - A cake ball, filled with cream and coated with chocolate.

    • Oliebollen - Donuts made by deep-frying dough. After cooking, they are allowed to cool and will rise, and are then covered with powdered sugar. Oliebollen are especially popular during the Christmas period, and around New Year, and are also often served at fairs.

    • Spekkoek - Dutch-Indonesian spicy dessert made from many layers of pastry.

    • Stroopwafel - Two round waffle-like wafers with a caramel filling sandwiched between them.


    • Vlaai - A large round fruit pie filled with fruit marmalade.

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    Delectable Dutch Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Delicious Dutch Dish Ideas!

    By Julia Chiles

    Independently published
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    Delectable Dutch Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Delicious Dutch Dish Ideas!
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    Do you only think of a couple well-known Dutch foods when you picture dining in the Netherlands?

    If so, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

    There’s a lot more to Dutch foods than herring and smashed potatoes with other vegetables. The recipes in this cookbook will expose you to all kinds of treats, and many of them will be new to you.

    The Dutch, to be honest, are not known for their cuisine. It is often said that their food can be monotonous and bland. But once you try the recipes in this cookbook, you’ll find that their dishes are actually delicious and varied. There are also regional favorites you will discover, so you can make a whole list of your favorite Dutch foods, as you’re exploring.

    The Dutch are famous for their cheeses, and Gouda is the most popular. They also have an excellent record of affordable, nutritious and healthy foods, beating out even France for this record.

    The Netherlands has a multicultural, rich history, so there is a great deal of diversity found in the recipes in this cookbook. From street foods to spiced raisins and wonderful stews and soups, you will find Dutch dishes that you truly love. Try some of these recipes soon!

    Dutch Cooking (Traditional Dutch Recipes From Holland)

    By Josefien Dekker

    Released: 2012-02-09
    Kindle Edition (18 pages)

    Dutch Cooking (Traditional Dutch Recipes From Holland)
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    Real Traditional Dutch Recipes that will become firm favourites in your family. I have included: Salads and light meals, Potato meals, Meats, Dutch Winter Warmers and Dutch Sweet Treats.

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    Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets: Stories and Favorite Family Recipes

    By Jeff Keasberry

    Mascot Books
    Released: 2017-07-24
    Hardcover (248 pages)

    Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets:  Stories and Favorite Family Recipes
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    Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets is an inspiring cookbook for anyone who wants to explore and rediscover a unique culinary heritage, explained in more than 100 delicious, easy-to-prepare dishes. During 350 years of colonial intimacy in the former Dutch East Indies (modern Indonesia), not only did a hybrid culture emerge, but also one of the worlds oldest and richest fusion cuisines. Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets celebrates the blending of Indonesian, Dutch and the resultant Indo Dutch fusion cooking style, all coming together in one fascinating kitchen. Jeff Keasberry shares three generations worth of family recipes,anecdotes and stories about Hollandsfavorite adopted food, from appetizers to main courses, desserts, vegan and gluten-free dishes, including Jeffs nasi goreng, gado gado, sambal terasi, macaroni schotel, as well as Jeffs moms risoles, frikadel pan, rendang, tahu telor petis; Jeffs grannys elaborate rijsttafel, klappertaart, spekkoek and some of Jeffs favorite typical Dutch delicacies like stamppot, erwtensoep, bitterballen and stroopwafels. You will also find tips on sourcing ingredients, including substitutes and what to serve for different occasions.

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