Dutch cuisine is basic and without frills, it's peasant cooking at heart. But after all the trouble we took for X-mas and/or other holidays, isn't that just what we need? It is such a popular dish that Dutch shops sell the ingredients pre-sliced in family-sized bags (see photo). Just cook this really easy and cheap meal for the whole family. The hutspot should form a mound on your plate with a dimple at the top, in which the gravy goes (children love this). A healthy, cheery orange plate, everyone will like. —Tante
What You'll Need
as much milk as you need for mash
butter (or other type fat you like)
Peel carrots, onions and potatoes.
Cut potatoes in half. Slice carrots and onions in not too fine slivers. Or coursely grate them with a machine.
Put potatoes in a large pan with the vegetables on top.
Add water until potatoes are halfway under.
Bring to a boil and lower the gas. Let boil for ca. 20 minutes. Keep lid on the pan. This way the veg will steam.
Check if the potatoes are done. Drain off the water and mash it all together.
Add milk until there's a nice mashy consistency. Then add the butter (or bacon fat, margerine, etc.).
For seasoning add the mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper. You might like some more butter…
Condiments on the dinner table: more mustard, gherkins, pickled tiny onions, fried bacon bits, sauteed onion rings, etc. Very important: the gravy.
Usually eaten with a pork dish, but a roast chicken leg is nice too. Or small cubes of gouda cheese, or black pepper tofu. Or frankfurters.