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Stamppot (English: Mash pot) is a traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several vegetables or sometimes fruits.

Stamppot
Boerenkool met worst.jpg
A boerenkool (curly kale) stamppot served with traditional rookworst (smoked sausage)
Type Side dish or Main course
Place of origin Netherlands
Main ingredients Potatoes, various vegetables and/or fruit
Variations Hutspot, Wortelstoemp
Cookbook: Stamppot  Media: Stamppot

These vegetable pairings traditionally include sauerkraut, endive, kale, spinach, turnip greens, or carrot and onion (the combination of the latter two is known as hutspot in the Netherlands and as wortelstoemp in Belgium). Leafy greens such as endive may be left raw and added to the potatoes only at the mashing stage.[1] Some less common regional varieties of stamppot are made with fruit and potatoes, such as blauwe bliksem (blue lightning), made with pears, and hete bliksem (hot lightning), made with apples.[2] Pineapple may also be included in sauerkraut[3] or endive stamppot.[1] It is primarily a cold-weather dish.[2]

Stamppot is usually served with sausage (in the Netherlands often smoked, in Belgium more often fried), julienned bacon, or stewed meat. Other accompaniments include cheese, gherkins, nuts or pickled onions.[1][2]

Prepared stamppot can be purchased from shops and supermarkets. It can also be ordered in cafe-style restaurants, but more strict recent regulations about allowed foods in taverns versus restaurants has restricted the custom of offering simple dishes in many Belgian pubs.

The origin of stamppot is unknown, although legend attributes the invention of hutspot to 1574.[4] Using raw leafy vegetables instead of cooking them with the potatoes has not been dated to earlier than 1940.[5]

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Making stamppotEdit

 
Hutspot served with a pork chop
 
An andijviestamppot (endive mashed with potatoes) served with a slice of butter-fried belly pork and butter gravy

There are two methods of preparing stamppot, the first being the more modern form:

  1. Stamppot is prepared by boiling the vegetables and potatoes separately. Once done, the potatoes are added to the same pot as the vegetables and all are thoroughly mashed together. Rookworst, a type of smoked sausage, is the preferred piece of meat to be added to the dish in the Netherlands.
  2. Stamppot can also be made in a single pot. Potatoes and the vegetable(s) or fruit of choice are placed in the pot. Water is added, and the mixture is left to boil. After the vegetables are cooked and drained, some milk, butter and salt are added, and the vegetables are mashed together. Sometimes the same pot is used to warm sausage as well, but those aren't mashed in. An example often cooked by this method is hutspot with carrots and onions as vegetables.[6]

Lardons (spekjes) are often added for flavoring. It is also common to make a small hole in the top of the mix on the plate and fill it with gravy, known in Dutch as a kuiltje jus (little gravy pit).[6]

Similar dishesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Andijviestamppot met ananas" [Endive stamppot with pineapple]. Recepten.net (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Albala, Ken, ed. (2011). Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia. Greenwood. p. 251. ISBN 978-0313376269. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Zuurkoolstamppot met ananas" [Sauerkraut stamppot with pineapple]. Unox.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "10 traditional Dutch recipes — not all of which involve potato". DutchNews.nl. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gezocht: vooroorlogse stamppot rauwe andijvie" [Seeking: pre-war recipes for stamppot with raw endive]. Historiek.net (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Holten, Nicole (9 October 2010). "Boerenkool met worst". TheDutchTable.com. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 

Further readingEdit

  • Bates, J (1988). Let's Go Dutch, van der Zeijst Publishing, pp. 83–84