Bitterballen, stew and pea soup: they are all typical Dutch dishes. But of course there are many other homemade dishes! In addition, all kinds of fun (gastronomic) competitions have been organized in our country with various Dutch dishes. You can find everything in this wonderful nationalist post!
Brown bean soup
Beans are consumed all over the world, but in the Netherlands it is an important dish for winter. These pulses are super healthy and delicious to eat as a soup or dish.
Pea Soup (Snert)
Pea soup, popularly known as ‘snert’, is made from peas. Soup is also eaten in some countries, but soup is traditionally tightly tied. Therefore, it is a good soup to keep warm in winter. Are you on the ice like a true Dutchman? So of course this includes cake and zopie! And you guessed it: ‘cake’ is understood to mean, among other things.
We Dutch love stews. They are therefore available in all types, as are endive puree. This way you can eat this stew with cooked and raw endives. Plus, you can add anything: cheese, peppers, bacon, chicken and more.
Cabbage is not even typically Dutch, because this stew is also eaten in parts of Germany and Scandinavia. And yet, we Dutch people are crazy about this winter pass! We like to eat it with smoked sausage or pork, gravy, mustard and fried bacon. Traditional onions, pickles, pickles or vinegar are also eaten.
What you like, the other doesn’t like: sauerkraut. What exactly is sauerkraut? This dish is made of sliced white cabbage, preserved by lactic bacteria. This leaves the taste of sauerkraut sour. Many people like to eat smoked sausage with it.
Cook the potatoes, carrots and fully cooked onions and add them. And what do you get? On the right: stew! We Dutch also like to eat this typical Dutch dish in winter so that we stay well and warm. We like to eat it with gravy and a good piece of meat, like smoked sausage, meatball or stew.
WK Snert and Stew Cooking
Yes, this Snert and Stamppot Koken World Cup exists! In February this year, it happened in Groningen. This competition, in which you have to cook the most savory stew, was won by Christian Boomker from Veendam and Michel Rekers from Alkmaar. Christian and Michel were able to cook the most tasty stew.
Bitterbal is a popular snack with a drink. The name therefore comes from ‘bittertje’: a strong herbal drink where bitterbal has already been eaten. The snack is typically Dutch, but is also popular in Belgium and Spain. In Spain, bitterbal is eaten mainly as a slap. The Dutch prefer to eat bitterbal with some mustard.
Bitterballen Food Competition
The last major bitterballen eating competition was a while ago: on July 14, 2012, coffee owner Patrick Keuning organized a series of activities, including ingesting twenty bitterballen as soon as possible, such as a fundraising campaign for De Vogellanden rehabilitation center of Zwolle. Jeroen Gils finally became the winner. He ate twenty bitterballen in 1 minute 38 seconds. Has he had blisters in his mouth?
If you order a croquette in the Netherlands, we usually mean a beef croquette. A croquette is actually a large version of bitterbal, but croquette is most often consumed in a sandwich (croquette sandwich) or along with chips as a hot meal. In Belgium, they often eat potato croquettes with their hot meals to replace, for example, potatoes, rice or pasta.
The frikandel is originally from Dordrecht. Butcher’s assistant Gerrit de Vries made meatballs, which he then sold to the hotel and food industry. At one point, something changed to the Goods Act, which forced him to change his beloved product. He then decided to turn his meatball into a sausage: the first frikandel was born.
Frikandellen Food Contest
Cafeteria Lammers hosts an annual frikandel food competition. Danny Hoogesteger from Vlissingen won the competition in April 2014. Those who work with the fastest frikandels within half an hour will win prizes. The first prize was 100 euros and a cup, the second prize was 50 euros and the third consolation prize was 25 euros. All the profit from the competition went to the Food Bank.
Oliebollen are mostly eaten in the Netherlands on New Year’s Eve, but are also sold at fairs in the Netherlands and Belgium. There are different types of oliebollen, such as natural or currant. Also, we prefer to add