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Balkenbrij is traditional Dutch winter staple that’s particularly popular in the south and east of the Netherlands. Balkenbrij is usually made from pig’s offal, flour and a unique blend of sweet flavoured herbs (known as ‘rommelkruiden’ in Dutch) that’s then cooked in broth or blood. During the winter months balkenbrij can be purchased ready-made from many Dutch butchers. If, however, you’re unable to purchase this delicious Dutch delicacy in your home country, use an alternative, such as Pannas or Möppkenbrot (Germany), black pudding (England), haggis (Scotland) or scrapple (United States), instead.
Cut the balkenbrij into slices of approx. ½ inch thick and then sprinkle both sides of each with flour. Next heat a generous knob of butter in a frying pan and fry the balkenbrij until golden brown on both sides. Serve your balkenbrij in the traditional Dutch way with toasted bread and a hearty spoonful of apple compote.