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Does the freezing weather make you yearn for a hearty meal? Then it’s time to brush up your Dutch cooking skills and rustle up a tempting selection of typical Dutch winter warmers!
Hot chocolate might be a popular winter drink worldwide, yet nothing quite compares to a traditional Dutch hot chocolate made from rich and creamy Chocomel. Hot chocolate with whipped cream Dutch style is easy to prepare – simply heat some Chocomel in a saucepan or microwave, and then top with a large dollop of freshly whipped cream. An ideal ‘pick-me-up’ after ice-skating or a brisk winter’s walk.
Hollandse erwtensoep (Dutch pea soup)
Although homemade Dutch pea soup is arguably the finest, many Dutch opt for the convenience of a ready-made version. Unox Hearty Pea Soup is particularly popular in the Netherlands, probably because it’s so crammed with genuine Unox smoked sausage. Unox pea soup is available in a handy can, bag or pack and can be served in the typical Dutch way – with a portion of rye bread topped with smoky bacon or Dutch extra mature or Old Amsterdam cheese.
Appeltaart met slagroom (apple tart with whipped cream)
After the excesses of the festive season, many Dutch turn their attention to their burgeoning waistline. However, few can resist a tempting slice of freshly baked apple tart with whipped cream! Preparing an authentic Dutch apple tart is a doddle – just pour one pack of ready-made apple pie mix into a mixing bowl, add in the remaining ingredients (including fresh apples) and follow the instructions on the packaging. After baking, leave your Dutch apple tart to cool before serving warm with lashings of whipped cream.
Boerenkoolstamppot met rookworst (kale mash with smoked sausage)
One winter warmer that no Dutch can live without, is kale mash with smoked sausage. This delicious Dutch dish is made from finely chopped kale and potatoes that are cooked together in one pan, before mashing and serving with a succulent Dutch smoked sausage or crispy fried bacon. Yum!
Tip: Take advantage of the Holland at Home Winter Weeks Promotion and order many of the ingredients necessary for the typical Dutch winter warmers above at a generous discount!
Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants.