Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hutspot

I'm throwing a little culture at you today.



This is one my family's favorite comfort foods. It's a traditional Dutch dish made with potatoes, onions, and carrots. Apparently, this dish dates back to the late 1500's around the time of The Netherlands's defeat of their Spanish aggressor.

Pantry items.

Inexpensive.

Satisfying.


Chop up some carrots.

This dish is made with ratios.

Yes, we have to do Math.  Sorry.

Onions, Potatoes, and Carrots.

3 times as many carrots as onions

2 times as many potatoes as onions.

Did I lose you yet?


I used baby carrots for this dish. Feel free to use regular big carrots. I was in a hurry.



Peel and cut the potatoes as you would for any mashed potato dish.

Fill the pot with water.

Add a generous amount of salt.



Chop up your onion into a medium dice.

Peel the garlic and leave whole.



Add the carrots, onions, and garlic cloves to the potatoes.

Boil till everything is soft and cooked.



I reserve some cooking water for mashing.  You can also use milk or cream.

Add Paprika, salt, pepper, and some butter.



Mash.


This dish smells fantastic.

Onions, potatoes, carrots, garlic, seasonings, and hot melting butter.




Definitely a comfort food.

Hutspot
3 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 medium onion, diced
2 pounds carrots, diced
2 garlic cloves
Paprika
S & P
Butter

Cook potatoes, onion, carrots, and garlic in a large pot of water. Boil till soft and cooked. Drain and reserve some of the cooking water. Add butter, paprika, salt and pepper to taste. Mash together.  Sprinkle with dried parsley.
Serve with a pat of butter or gravy.

Comfortably yours,
The Lunch Lady

1 comment:

Eliza Huie said...

Never heard of this before but I think I am going to give it a try. BTW- loving the kitchen pics

Thanks for sharing your culture with us!