by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Friday, January 11, 2013
Boerenkool Stamppot (Kale Mash Pot)
I've heard that it can be served as a side dish. I think if you simply add bacon lardons for flavoring, that would work, but really, once you fold in slices of smoked sausage, I would consider it a main course. Often, whole links of smoked sausage are boiled right along with the potatoes and other veggies. It is then removed and sliced and stirred back in once you drain and mash the veggies. I can imagine the delicious flavor that this adds to the cooking liquid, but I really like my smoked sausage fried so that it picks up that extra flavor from caramelizing the outsides, so I chose not to boil it. The seasoned fat still gets mixed in nicely once they are combined.
my alphabetical culinary journey through Europe, which in case you hadn't guessed, is starting off in the Netherlands. Okay tell me, is it the Netherlands or The Netherlands? I struggle with which way to write it every single time. Ping-pong in my head. I think it's just "the".
In a word? I absolutely loved it. Well, technically that's four words. But the sentiment remains the same. I don't know much about the Netherlands, but I would love to visit one day. Especially if I can find some good, salt-of-the-earth, comfort food like this Boerenkool Stamppot, or Kale Mash Pot. Do you have any favorite dishes from the Netherlands?
by Heather Schmitt-González
- 1½ lbs. potatoes, peeled & cut into chunks
- 12 oz. kale, thick stems removed & chopped (weight after stemming)
- 1 small onion, peeled & cut into chunks
- 1 small bay leaf
- freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ c. milk
- 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temp.
- 8 oz. smoked sausage
Our first stop on this European Community Culinary ABC's journey is the Netherlands. Hosting this month is Mony from Gata Da Plar with A is for Appeltart. If you'd like to join us on this journey, we'll be in the Netherlands until January 27!
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.