Food and Romance from Around the World: The Netherlands

  • 05.20.12
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Meat croquettes, a Dutch tradition.

The wonderful country of windmills, canals, tulips, bicycles, Anne Frank house. As well as Van Gogh Museum, Madurodam, chocolate, wooden shoes, Blue Delft ceramics  and the world smallest house.  Our travels has taken us many times to the Netherlands or  Holland, either on a personal trip to visit friends and relatives, or for work.  We have so many favorite cities that are on our favorite list.  With a great transportation system, visiting Holland is just as easy as 1.2.3.

I always enjoy Delft. A quaint picturesque pedestrian-friendly city, located between Den Haag and Rotterdam. Delft is more than 750 years old with a very interesting history. A typical Dutch town with  a beautiful church facing a great city market square. Delft is known for the famous painter Vermeer, as well a Delft Blue pottery. I have been collecting Blue Delft pieces for the past 30 years, and just acquired a small trivet on my last trip not too long ago.

The miniature park “Madurodam” is just amazing.  History is discovered here in a very interactive way, miniature architecture at his finest.  Wonderful for every age.

Den Haag, is home of many beautiful and historic squares, home of the  Royal Theater and the Peace Palace used by the International Court Justice.

Scheveningen a very popular seaside resort in Holland. It seams that every times we have been there it was in winter and it was cold.  However, the beach and beach pavilions looked amazing and you can really tell that during the summer months the city day and night life is abundant. Truth to be known in Scheveningen I had the best Apple pancakes ever.

The Dutch love food, love fresh ingredients and love home cooking to share with family and friends. The Dutch only eat one hot meal a day, dinner.  Breakfast and lunch is usually a bread sandwich type.

Around 5 o’clock the adults may have a small glass of “Jenever”, Dutch gin with Bitterballen, scrumptious meat balls deep fried and served with mustard. Dinner to follow with a hot or cold entrée, meat or fish with fresh vegetables and potatoes. Meat croquettes, Hollanadse biefstuk, Hunters stew, fish are just a few that are enjoyed.

I get craving for Olienbollen, or Dutch doughnuts, apple pancakes, not to mention Rotti KoeKoes, a divine egg-sugar  steamed dessert.

Most of all, Indonesian food is also part of the Dutch culinary repertoire because of colonization.

Dishes out of this world: Nasi Goreng, Gado-Gado, Frikadel Goreng, Sate chicken with Peanut sauce to name a few. Dishes that we have enjoyed and have at each return to Holland.

I can spend the whole summer travelling and eating in Holland and never getting tired of the wonderful food prepared.

The below recipe is a favorite that  I am sharing  in honor of Jeanette and Johan W. that have introduced me to Indonesian and Dutch cooking years ago, and was, and still is a family favorite.
Giangi
MEAT CROQUETTES

6 ½ ounces cooked meat shredded
1 ¼ oz. butter
1 ounce flour
¼ cup bouillon
Pinch nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
Soy sauce – optional to taste
1 egg
Breadcrumbs
Oil for frying (peanut)

Melt butter over low heat, add flour, stir and cook until mixture forms into a ball.  Do not brown. Add the bouillon and stir until thickened.  Add salt, pepper and nutmeg, (Soy sauce) to taste.
Add the butter flour past to  the shredded meat and cool, preferably overnight.  Mixture should be stiff. Put mixture into pastry bag with large opening tip.  Pipe mixture into a 4” by 2” pieces.
Roll pieces thru breadcrumbs then thru lightly beaten egg, and again thru the bread crumbs.  Place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
Heat oil in the deep fryer, 3 to 4 inches of oil, heat to 350°.
Fry until golden brown, drain on paper towel.

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Comments (4) Post a Reply

  1. One of these days I’ll be able to go back to visit – it’s been a long time since I was there and have no memory of the town I was born in 🙂

    1. THe hardest part is to get on the plane…. I wish you will get to go back soon.
      Have a great Sunday.

  2. Eliane says:

    Hi, Love your blog and article about the Netherlands. I am a Dutch born chef living in the South of France and I do miss the famous croquettes and bitterballen sometimes. hmm.

    1. Thank you for your reading my blog. I love the croquettes and bitterballen and I try to make them as often as possible.
      Love the south of France… Have a wonderful week.

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