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Do you fancy giving your dad or partner an extra special treat this Father’s Day? Then why not spoil him with this typical Dutch meal… for as you already know … the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!
Each of the simple Dutch recipes below form part of a traditional Dutch three-course meal that’s simply ideal for giving Father’s Day a unique Dutch flavour.
Every recipe serves four hungry people.
Kalfspasteitje (Veal vol-au-vents)
First, remove the vol-au-vent cases from their packaging and heat them in the oven as per the instructions indicated. Meanwhile, open the tin of veal stew and empty the contents into a saucepan. Gently warm the stew on a low flame, taking care that it doesn’t boil and stir occasionally. Once ready, remove the vol-au-vent cases from the oven, carefully remove their pastry lids using a knife and place on a plate. Now generously fill each of the vol-au-vents with veal stew, garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley and serve with the pastry lids.
Hollandse gehaktballen met aardappelen en groenten (Dutch meatballs with potatoes and vegetables)
First, wash and peel the potatoes, cut in half and place in a pan along with water and salt. Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer. Meanwhile empty the Unox meatballs into a saucepan and gently heat. Place the green beans in a separate pan and heat these too, taking care that they don’t boil. Once cooked, drain the potatoes and divide among four plates. Spoon the meatballs and green beans next to them and top with some of the gravy. If your dad has a particularly sweet tooth, then try serving with some delicious Dutch apple sauce.
First mix the cocoa, corn flour, sugar and 1 cup of milk together in a large mixing bowl. Place the remaining milk in a pan and bring to the boil. Next gradually pour in the cocoa mixture, stirring thoroughly. Cook the pudding for a further 3 minutes on a low heat and then allow to cool. Finally place the pudding into your refrigerator for one to two hours. Tip – stir the pudding occasionally whilst cooling to prevent it from forming a skin. Serve the chocolate pudding in a fancy dish and top with a generous dollop of whipped cream.
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