A very typical kind of Dutch food
and a very good example of the level of sophistication of Dutch cooking is stamppot. Stamppot consists of potatoes
plus a vegetable
, which are cooked, mashed together and served with gravy , cubed bacon
and (smoked) sausage
can be added for festive occasions.
Favourite vegetables to use in stamppot are carrots
(the stamppot is then called hutspot
), curly kale
Mind you, one should only use one
vegetable at a time! Only in the case of hutspot
is it allowed to use two kinds of vegetable. Under no circumstances should you add herbs or other spices than salt and pepper.
Stamppot looks horrible, but tastes better (if you prefer bland
food, that is). For vegetarian
s the sausage and bacon can be replaced by cube
s of Goudse
. They worsen the looks of the dish, however.
Seriously, though. Stamppot is winter food. It's not exactly the most delicate of foods, but it's cheap, easy and filling. You can make it with almost any vegetable and you can jazz it up a bit with more exciting ingredients (chili pepper, cashew nuts, blue cheese) if just potato and vegetable is a bit too bland for you.
Stamppot is also eaten in Belgium, where they call it stoemp.