Dutch recipe: Hutspot
December 18, 2010 21 Comments
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Hutspot is a real winter recipe. Having said that, in my family we eat it all year round, because we love it so much and because it’s so easy to prepare.
Huts means mix and pot means pot. So, it’s a mixed pot of foods. You might call it hotchpotch maybe? The recipe we make is vegetarian, but you can easily make it meaty by including real sausages rather than the vegetarian sausages we use.
The traditional Dutch recipe is just a mixture of potato, carrots, and onion mashed together with sausages and gravy. I’ve made this into a vegetarian recipe by adding baked beans (i.e., white beans in tomato sauce), so it doesn’t get too dry without the gravy.
This recipe is for beginning cooks but experienced cooks may also like it for being a simple but nutricious recipe that can be made for a large number of people if needed.
Hutspot: What you need (for 4 big eaters)
One kilo (2 lbs) of carrots
One kilo (2 lbs) of potatoes
2 large onions (if used)
1 large tin of baked beans (840 grams, 1.5 lbs or 2 smaller tins)
Sausages, as many as you’d like for 4 people
Hutspot: How to prepare
1. Cut the carrots to about 1.5 cm (0.5 inch) pieces – as long as they’re roughly equally large, the size doesn’t matter. You just want them all to be ready cooked at the same time.
2. Similarly, cut the potatoes into equal pieces: cut in fours if they’re standard sized and in sixes if they’re bigger.
4. Heat the baked beans in a separate pan and fry the sausages.
5. When the potatoes are ready, drain the water and use a masher to roughly mash the potatoes and the carrots.
6. Add the baked beans and stir these in (don’t mash).
7. Put out on four plates and add the sausages.