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Whilst a boiled and brightly decorated egg is an absolute must at Easter in the Netherlands, there are also plenty of other ways to enjoy the humble egg. Below is a delicious selection of typical Dutch recipes all making eggcellent use of eggs!
Dutch devilled eggs
Boil the eggs for around 8 to 10 minutes and then allow to cool completely. Meanwhile, cut the pickled gherkin into thin slices and chop the onion. Once cooled, peel the eggs and cut them lengthwise in half. Next scoop out the yolk and place in a mixing bowl together with the butter, mayonnaise, onion, pickled gherkin and mustard and mix into a lovely smooth paste. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Now place the egg whites on a platter and spoon the yolk mixture into the hollows (you can always use a nozzle if you want to decorate your devilled eggs more elaborately). Finally lightly dust the eggs with paprika or chilli powder and serve as an appetiser or as an accompaniment to drinks.
1 sachet of vanilla sugar
200 grams of sugar
¼ litre of Brandewijn (brandy)
Crack open the eggs and place into a mixing bowl along with the sugar and vanilla sugar. Whisk until smooth. Heat the mixture in an ‘au bain marie’ (water bath or double boiler) and gradually add 1.5 dl of hot (but not boiling) water and the brandy. Stir the mixture continually until it reaches the desired thickness without boiling. Finally spoon the advocaat into 4 ramekin dishes and allow to cool, before placing in the fridge for 2-3 hours. Serve topped with freshly whipped cream.
Dutch egg salad
3 tbsp. of freshly chopped chives
3 tbsp. of freshly chopped parsley
3-5 tbsp. of mayonnaise
3 drops Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
Boil the eggs for around 8 to 10 minutes and then allow to cool completely. Next, peel the eggs and chop them using a knife or fork. Stir in the fresh chives, parsley, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce and add some salt and pepper to taste. You can try spicing up your Dutch egg salad by stirring in a little curry powder if desired. Delicious on bread or crackers served with drinks.
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