(Recipe) Dutch Stampot – Mashed Vegetable Stew

Need a delicious new recipe the whole family will love? This cozy and colorful Dutch Stamppot made with a variety of vegetables is easy and cooks fast.

Best of all, this traditional vegetable mash is packed with nutrients.Stamppot (meaning stew) is a classic, probably one of the oldest, Dutch dishes made with mashed potatoes as a base and seasonal root and leafy vegetables.

This creamy stew is usually served with rookworst, a type of smoked sausage, sometimes cooked on top of veggies. Omit the sausage, and you’ll still have a tasty, meatless meal.

Recipe from all-thats-jas.com

Mashed Vegetable Stew

Why it Works
  • Easy family meal: This is a great, simple, and delicious meal that the whole family will love, and once you’ve peeled the veggies, it comes together quickly and easily.
  • Healthy: Packed full of healthy veggies, this is a tasty way to get the goodness in. Rustic and simple, it’s perfect for fall or winter.
  • Easy to adapt: It’s so easy to add all of your favorite veggies into this side dish. Use a plant-based sausage for a balanced vegetarian or vegan meal. There are almost no rules about what goes into a stamppot.
  • It can feed a crowd: Double the recipe to bring to large gatherings. It is also a perfect dish for Thanksgiving!
  • Gluten-free: This is a great meal to serve if you or someone in your family has an intolerance

Ingredients

Can I make it vegan?

Absolutely! Swap the butter with vegan butter or vegetable oil.

  • Potatoes: It’s best to use starchy rather than waxy potatoes for this recipe. Russet, Idaho, and Yukon Gold all work well. Replace some of the potatoes with cauliflower for a lower fat version.
  • Butternut Squash: Sub with pumpkin.
  • Sweet potato: You can add more of the butternut squash instead.
  • Rutabaga: Swap it with turnips, kohlrabi, or celery root.
  • Leek: You can replace it with green (spring) onions or leave it out.
  • Kale: Spinach, chard, mustard greens, and collard greens are all excellent substitutions.
  • Dutch Rookworst (if using): If you can’t find this smoked sausage, use Polish-style kielbasa or other smoked sausages like Spanish Chorizo.

If you live in the Netherlands or are visiting Amsterdam, you can purchase prepared stamppot (sometimes called stomp) in supermarkets or order it in restaurants.

If you can’t jump on a plane, the good news is that you can easily make this comfort food right in your kitchen. Follow our easy step-by-step recipe instructions on how to make stamppot.

This recipe combines hutspot and boerenkool plus more yummy vegetables for a delicious, wholesome meal.

Instructions

  1. Clean, peel, and chop all the vegetables into about 1-inch pieces.
  2. Place all the vegetables in a large pot, add enough water to cover, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until vegetables are tender.
  3. Drain the vegetables well, add butter, then mash but don’t purée. Season the stamppot with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

Top Tips
  • Use any vegetables you prefer: parsnip or turnip instead of rutabaga and Swiss chard or Savoy cabbage instead of kale.
  • This recipe requires lots of peeling and chopping, so I simplified it by cooking everything together for an easy one-pot meal.
  • If you cook the vegetables in one pot, make sure to cut them all into equally large pieces.
  • Let the vegetables drain well before mashing them so that your stamppot is not runny.
  • You can brown onions in oil first (even use bacon) before adding them to cooked vegetables for added flavor.

The most popular varieties of Dutch stamppot you will find are mashed potatoes in combination with these vegetables:

  • kale – aka stamppot boerenkool
  • onions and carrots – hutspot (or hotchpotch in English)
  • sauerkraut – zuurkool stamppot
  • endive – andijviestamppot
  • string beans and/or white beans – stamppot snijbonen and/or witte bonen
  • leeks – preistamppot

The exact origin of stamppot is unknown, but it is said that the invention of Dutch hutspot dates sometime in the second half of the 16th century.

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