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No old-fashioned Dutch winter dish, such as boerenkoolstamppot (kale mash), zuurkoolstamppot (sauerkraut mash) or erwtensoep (pea soup), is ever truly complete without the succulent smoked sausage known as ‘rookworst’. Indeed, this hearty smoked sausage, made from beef or pork and a fine selection of herbs and spices, is guaranteed to lend an authentic Dutch flavour to all of your favourite winter meals.
In addition to the typical Dutch dishes mentioned above, rookworst can also be used to enhance a mouth-watering range of less traditional dishes, as showcased in our three tempting recipes below!
Macaroni met rookworst (macaroni with smoked sausage)
First cook the macaroni according to the instructions on the packaging. Meanwhile, chop an onion and one clove of garlic, and fry in a small amount of oil until transparent. Next, cut the Dutch smoked sausage into slices and add to the same pan as the garlic and onions. Stir in one teaspoon of oregano or Italian herbs and fry a little longer. Now add a finely chopped red and green pepper and cook for a further few minutes. Pour in one can of chopped tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and then leave to simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked. Finally, mix the pasta into your sauce and ladle generously onto plates. Serve with grated Dutch cheese and a fresh, green salad.
Hollandse roerbakschotel met rookworst (Dutch stir fry with smoked sausage)
First prepare a pack of white or brown rice according to the instructions on the packaging. Meanwhile chop an onion and one clove of garlic, cut the Dutch smoked sausage into slices or cubes, and finely slice a chilli pepper (optional, for those who like it hot). Next finely slice a medium-sized carrot and two sticks of celery. Now heat a little oil in a wok or a large frying pan and fry the onion, garlic, pepper and sausage for a few minutes. Add in the carrots and celery, sprinkle with a little salt, ground ginger and coriander, and then stir-fry for a further 5-10 minutes. Finally, add in the freshly cooked rice, one spoonful at a time, and stir in a few tablespoons of ketjap manis. Serve your Dutch-style stir-fry with a side of pickled onions.
Pistoletjes met zuurkool en rookworst (sausage buns with sauerkraut and smoked sausage)
Place 4 bread rolls in the oven and bake according to the instructions on the packaging. Meanwhile, dice the smoked sausage and fry in a pan until golden brown. Now stir in 150 grams of sauerkraut, one tablespoon of crème fraîche or cream and a tablespoon of mustard, and thoroughly heat. Once ready, slice open the bread rolls and fill liberally with the freshly prepared sauerkraut mixture.
Tip: Fancy preparing one of the delicious dishes above, but don’t have an authentic Dutch smoked sausage in your kitchen cuboard? Order your next rookworst from the Netherland’s leading online supermarket, Holland at Home! Holland at Home stocks an extensive range of Unox smoked sausages, including Unox Smoked Sausage from Gelderland, Unox Smoked Sausage Beef and Unox Smoked Sausage Extra Lean. Alternatively, why not learn how to prepare a Dutch smoked sausage at home?
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