Dutch Irish

As I’ve been reminded, today is St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve seen a few people online mention that they were making colcannon for various potluck parties today. Since I’m not Irish and this blog is about my life in the Netherlands, I thought I’d discuss stamppot, which is essentially the Dutch version of colcannon.

They’re basically the same dish: mashed potatoes with kale and some bacon mixed in. Delicious, I call it! The Dutch also do other variations with sauerkraut, spinach, curly endive, or carrots. I used to make my own American variation on it, I guess, because I liked to mix corn into my mashed potatoes. Stamppot is often served with rookworst (smoked sausage) or gehaktballen (meatballs) and gravy.

A Stamppot-To-Go restaurant recently opened here in Utrecht, on Nobelstraat. They’re open from 4-9 p.m., designed to be a handy way to get a healthy dinner on the table when you’re pressed for time. They sell the different types of stamppot, and some of the traditional accompaniments, as well as soups, including the classic erwtensoep (split pea soup).

(Editor’s Note: Sadly, Stamppot-To-Go has since closed.)