What We Ate Wednesday- Queen's Day Hutspot

by - Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Every year on April 30th, we celebrate Queen's Day in honor of Queen Beatrix, our favorite European monarch. She abdicated last year, so technically the Netherlands now celebrate King's Day on the 27th. So we are mostly celebrating Beatrix alone now. We have been trying different Dutch food, and I think we finally found something that works.

We (ok, The Boy) make hutspot, which is essentially mashed potatoes with curry spices and lots of vegetables. I feel like this is a great meal for adding more veggies into your diet, though you might steam them instead of adding them into the boil. They serve it with sausage, so it generally looks like a severed penis on a plate of mashed potatoes. Yum. So, we don't love the sausage and did salmon this year. It has fewer anatomical connotations, but isn't all that regionally specific. Fake holiday and fake dish seems appropriate somehow.

So here is our recipe, developed out of this one from kayotic kitchen:

2 pounds potatoes
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
1 large onion
3 garlic cloves
1/4 tsp curry powder
7oz cream cheese
1 cup milk (scant)
1/2 a tsp garlic salt
1/2 a tsp garlic pepper
We added:
2 cups of brocolli
1 cup Carrots
1 cup peas
2 little peppers
1. Clean and cut up all veggies. Cut the potatoes in 4, and all the larger sprouts in 2. Carrots into half moons, dice the onion and peppers, and cut almost all the stem off the broccoli so they are super little.
2. Mix the garlic salt, garlic pepper into the cream cheese ( I think The Boy only used 3.5 oz. and it was still plenty).
3. Put the potatoes, sprouts, and some salt into a pot with enough water to cover them, and boil. It takes about 20 minutes before everything is soft. You could wait longer on the sprouts if you like that sprouty taste, God help you. 
4. Saute the rest of the onions and peppers with a little butter. Add the curry powder and cook for 30 seconds only, or else it will be bitter. (The original recipe also includes bacon. We didn't try it, but all signs point to that being delicious)
5. Pour the milk and cream cheese into the onions. Add any other seasonings you might want. 
6. Add any of the shorter cooking veggies (broccoli, carrots, and peas) into the potato and brussel boil. 
7. Mash the potatoes to the consistency you like. Add the other mixture in as well.
Eat! And raise your glass to Europe's most extreme former Queen! We love you girl!

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