Top 8 Must-Try Dutch Recipes

If you're just getting started with Dutch food, these are the recipes to try

From delicate white asparagus to wintry pea soup so thick you can stand a spoon in it, there's something here for every season. Whether you're cooking an easy, mid-week meal for your family, or looking for something special, we've got you covered with these 8 Dutch recipes you absolutely must try if you're new to Dutch food.

  • 01 of 08

    Potato and Vegetable Mash Recipes -- Stamppotten

    Stamppot with sauerkraut and crispy bacon

    Karin Engelbrecht 

    Ask anyone from the Netherlands what they would consider the most quintessential Dutch dish and you'll probably hear the word stamppot a few times. The ultimate comfort food, this hearty dish is a mash-up of potatoes and other vegetables. 

  • 02 of 08

    Asparagus Hollandaise Recipe -- Asperges met Hollandaisesaus, Ham en Ei

    Asparagus Hollandaise

     Karin Engelbrecht

    It's hard to beat the tender texture and delicate flavor of white asparagus. But it's even harder to beat the way the Dutch enjoy it: swathed in Hollandaise sauce, chopped boiled eggs and slices of ham. This is spring cuisine at its swoon-worthy best.

  • 03 of 08

    Traditional Creamy Advocaat Liqueur Recipe

    Creamy Advocaat liqueur

    Karin Engelbrecht

    Advocaat is a sunshine yellow liqueur made from a rich blend of egg yolks, sugar, brandy and a touch of vanilla that's consumed during the darker days around Christmas-time in the Netherlands. And, while you can find some good Dutch exports, it is really easy - and infinitely more delicious - to make your own at home.

  • 04 of 08

    Traditional Dutch Apple Pie Recipe -- Appeltaart

    Dutch apple pie
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    This recipe delivers a really big apple pie, with a sandy-crisp, buttery crust and a pretty peek-a-boo lattice pattern on top. We've used speculaas spices instead of the usual cinnamon because we're obsessed with this aromatic spice, but if you prefer it the traditional way, simply use cinnamon instead.

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  • 05 of 08

    Dutch Fruit Breads with Almond Paste -- Stollen Recipes

    German Christmas stollen

    The Spruce

    Fruited Dutch bread with a sweet almond paste center is a real winner for the holidays. We've created three variations: a Christmas-themed Kerstbrood, with cranberries and orange liqueur, an Easter-themed Paasbrood with cherries and cherry brandy and a decadent chocolate stol, but you can stick to the traditional raisins, currants and brandy if you prefer.

  • 06 of 08

    Recipes for Bitterballen and Croquettes

    Dutch beef bitterballen
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    Bitterballen and croquettes, those deep-fried ragout-filled delicacies, are typically served as snacks in Dutch bars and cafés, and may also form part of a selection of fried finger foods, called bittergarnituur. Dutch Veal Croquettes or our Trendy Pulled Pork Croquettes are tasty choices.

  • 07 of 08

    Traditional Winter-Spiced Speculaas Cookies Recipe

    Dutch speculaas cookies

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    These generously spiced Dutch holiday cookies were once enjoyed only at Sinterklaas, but have become a year-round staple. Because some commercial versions are windmill shaped, they're known as windmill cookies in some parts of the world, but these cookies actually come in a variety of shapes, such as figurines, angels and animals. Almond-paste filled varieties, such as the and gevulde speculaas cookies, are also very popular.

  • 08 of 08

    Traditional Dutch Split Pea Soup Recipe -- Snert

    Traditional Dutch split pea soup
    Karin Engelbrecht

    This Dutch split pea soup is traditionally served on New Year's Day in the Netherlands, but is also enjoyed throughout the colder months. Made with split peas, plenty of vegetables and pork, it's hearty and nutritious. You might also want to try our Traditional Dutch Brown Bean Soup Recipe.