Kapucijnerschotel Recipe -- Dutch Captain's Dinner

A plate of kapucijnerschotel or Captain's Dinner
Captain's Dinner. Photo © Karin Engelbrecht
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
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This hearty winter dish, which goes by the hard-to-pronounce name kapucijnerschotel in Dutch, is sometimes called Captain's Dinner, because it was a typical meal served to Dutch sea captains on the long voyages of the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC). Legumes and salted meats could survive the damp holds of the ships, but were still a treat compared with the unpalatable hardtack rations doled out to the rest of the crew. 

The story goes that kapucijners, a Dutch variety of the grey pea, were named for the greyish-brown habits of the Capuchin order of monks (the very same order that gave its name to the common cappuccino). Because kapucijners are a type of grey pea unique to the Netherlands, they can be hard to find elsewhere, but are well worth seeking out. 

What You'll Need

  • 4 oz. bacon (diced)
  • 4 shallots (thinly sliced)
  • 1 leek (thinly sliced)
  • 1 apple (diced)
  • 10 oz. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander seeds (ground)
  • 19 oz. canned cooked kapucijner peas (drained)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Crisp the bacon in a large, dry frying pan or skillet.
  2. Remove the bacon from the pan and allow to drain on a paper towel.
  3. Now add the shallots, apple, and leek to the frying pan and allow to caramelize in the bacon fat.
  4. Add the spices and the ground beef and cook until golden brown.
  5. Toss in the drained kapucijner peas and mix well.
  6. Once the peas have heated through, reduce the heat and season to taste.
  1. Remove the pan from the stove and spoon the Captain's Dinner into bowls.
  2. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, piccalilly, freshly torn parsley leaves and chopped red onions.

Tips:

  • We've had several emails from readers asking where they can find kapucijners outside of the Netherlands. We've found them in a number of Dutch grocery websites included in our overview of Websites That Sell Dutch Food & Ingredients. If you can't find them, you can use chickpeas instead.
  • When serving a crowd, it's customary to serve the Captain's Dinner condiments in little bowls, so that everyone at the table can help themselves and customize the dish to their taste.
  • Learn more about this unique Dutch pea variety in our kapucijner glossary.
  • Learn more about the origins and history of the Dutch East India Company (VOC).
  • Nutritious and earthy, legumes boost your overall health. Discover the health benefits of eating legumes.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 456
Total Fat 20 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Unsaturated Fat 8 g
Cholesterol 94 mg
Sodium 619 mg
Carbohydrates 30 g
Dietary Fiber 10 g
Protein 39 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)