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Typical Dutch Christmas Menu

The Brits and Americans traditionally sit down to roast turkey on Christmas Day, whilst the Swedes tuck into Julskinka (cooked ham), the French dine on Chapon (grilled chicken) and the Germans enjoy Weisswurst (spiced veal and pork sausage). But what do the Dutch prefer to eat on this special day? Below is a typical Dutch Christmas menu for four.

Dutch Christmas Dinner

Hors D’Oeuvres – Prawn Cocktail

200 g of peeled Dutch prawns
1 apple
50 grams of celeriac
4 walnuts
2 tbsp. of fresh cream
2 tbsp. of mayonnaise
Lemon juice

First peel the apple and cut into small cubes. Rinse the celeriac and finely grate. Next, pour the cream into a mixing bowl and lightly whisk. Stir in the mayonnaise and add the salt, pepper and a little lemon juice to taste. Now mix in the prawns, potato and celeriac and divide the mixture equally between 4 of your best cocktail dishes. Finally, crack open the walnuts and garnish each bowl with 2 walnut halves.

Wine suggestion
A dry white wine, such as Muscadet sur Lie or Pouilly-Fumé

Starter – Beef Consommé

1 jar of beef broth
A pinch of thyme
A pinch of nutmeg
A pinch of tarragon
1 bay leaf
1 medium onion
3 carrots
2 tbsp. of freshly chopped parsley
1 tbsp. of freshly chopped celery leaf
A dash of white wine

First finely slice the onion and carrots. Next heat a little oil or butter in a heavy saucepan and cook the onions for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the carrots and spices and cook a little more. Now pour in the beef broth and 3 jars of water and leave to simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes. Finally, add a splash of white wine, ladle the consommé into soup bowls and garnish with a little fresh parsley.

Wine suggestion
A dry white wine, such as Muscadet sur Lie or Pouilly-Fumé

Main Course – Roast Saddle of Hare with Cream Sauce

1 larded saddle of hare
125 ml of sour cream
1 tbsp. of flour
Lemon juice
2 tbsp. of Cognac
125 g of butter

Preheat your oven to 175C and remove the saddle of hare from the fridge to enable it to warm to room temperature. Next rub the meat with the salt, pepper and half of the butter and place into a roasting pan. Place the roasting pan directly below the centre of the oven and roast for 20 minutes. In the meantime, melt the remaining butter in a saucepan and pour at regular intervals over the hare. Now mix 2 tablespoons of melted butter with the sour cream. Pour this mixture regularly over the hare while it roasts for a further 20 minutes. Once thoroughly cooked, remove the hare from the oven and keep warm. Meanwhile add some flour to the juice from the meat, stir and place back into the oven. Finally remove the sauce from the oven and stir in a little lemon juice, pepper and 2 tablespoons of Cognac. Serve your roast saddle of hare with a little gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry compote.

Wine suggestion
A robust red wine such as Malbec or Rioja

Dessert – Dutch Christmas Pudding

Chocolate or hopjes flavoured vla (Dutch custard)
250 ml of cream
2 tbsp. of sugar
Chocolate Pastilles

Mix the sugar and cream and whisk until stiff. Pour the chocolate or hopjes flavoured custard into 4 bowls and spoon over the whipped cream until completely covered. Garnish the pudding with 1 or 2 of the chocolate pastilles and a pop a sparkler in each bowl. Set the four bowls on a tray, light the sparklers and make your entrance while they are still burning.

After Dinner Drinks – Liqueur Coffee

Liqueur of your choice

Simply prepare your coffee as usual, add a generous splash of your favourite Dutch liqueur and serve!

Dutch Community wishes you Merry Christmas!

Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit to our sister blog, heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?

2 comments on “Typical Dutch Christmas Menu

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