Typically, Dutch dishes are quite hearty, appropriate given the cooler temperatures. A traditional specialty is called snert or erwtensoep, a thick green soup made with split peas, carrot, onions and celery, and filled with smoked sausage and cubes of bacon. Folklore suggests that the soup is only ready to eat when it’s thick enough to hold a wooden spoon upright.
Seafood is also popular in the Netherlands, particularly herring, which is available both fresh and pickled. When in season, fresh herring can be bought from pushcarts in the city streets, while it is also pickled and available year round. Smoking is another traditional technique used to cure produce, used for both seafood (smoked eel) and meats (smoked bacon).
Banket or letterbanket is a sweet pastry that originated in the Netherlands and is popular in the Christmas season, especially on Saint Nicholas’ eve, 5 December.
Banket is made by rolling pastry dough around an almond paste filling and then baking it. The log is then cut into short lengths for serving, hot or cold. It can also be frozen and enjoyed after the holiday season.
In the Netherlands, a Boerenomelet (“farmer’s omelette”) is a popular dish, usually consisting of 2 to 3 eggs, a mixture of sautéed onions, mushrooms, potatoes, capsicums, leeks, garden peas, salt and pepper (for seasoning). The dish has many variations.
These lovely Dutch croquettes are a crunchy fritter outside with a tasty shrimp and white sauce inside. These are an easy appetiser to make as they can be partly prepared and frozen or refrigerated to finish when required.
Jachtschotel, which translates as “hunter’s dish” is similar to what we call Shepherd’s Pie. in that it consists of layers of meat, potatoes and vegetables. What makes this Dutch hunter’s casserole different are the layers of finely sliced apples. This dish was traditionally made with leftover bits of venison after the end of the hunting season – hence the name – but our version uses easy-to-find beef.
Kastengel is a traditional cheese stick eaten much in the way an Anzac biscuit would be eaten here in Australia. Kastengel are most often consumed during holidays and most notably during the two day celebration of Labaran.
Peanut sauce, satay sauce, bumbu kacang, sambal kacang, or pecel is a sauce made from ground roasted or fried peanuts, widely used in the cuisines of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Suriname and Africa.
Measurements can differ from country to country, so below we have outlined the measurements that we use at Aussie Taste. There is a dropdown selector you can use to have the recipe converted between metric and imperial. Most recipes have temperatures converted also.
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20°C.
Australian spoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 dessertspoon equals 15 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml.
All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed.
All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified.