Now that I’ve been living abroad for a while, I realize how much I appreciate Dutch food! For example, I wouldn’t mind being awakened for a delicious Dutch apple pie or a stack of freshly baked pancakes.

But what I love even more is making typical Dutch dishes together with my children. It’s not only very enjoyable but also enhances their reading skills (reading recipes) and vocabulary! Additionally, it’s a wonderful way to maintain their connection to their homeland and teach them how to make traditional Dutch dishes.

Here, I share my top 5 Dutch dishes that are perfect to make together with your children:

1. Shrimp Cocktail

A classic and very easy to make appetizer that shouldn’t be missing on special occasions.

Ingredients:

  • Dutch shrimp
  • Lettuce
  • Cocktail sauce
  • Lemon
  • Cocktail glasses

Preparation:

  1. Wash the lettuce and chop it into pieces. Divide the lettuce among the cocktail glasses.
  2. Divide the peeled Dutch shrimp over the lettuce.
  3. Make the cocktail sauce by mixing mayonnaise with a little ketchup and a dash of lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the cocktail sauce over the shrimp.
  4. Cut the lemon into wedges and garnish the cocktail glasses with a lemon wedge.
  5. Serve the shrimp cocktail immediately.

2. Sauerkraut with Sausage

A hearty dish that is especially popular during the winter months.

Ingredients:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Potatoes
  • Smoked sausage
  • Bacon bits
  • Juniper berries (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F).
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut them into small pieces. Cook the potatoes together with the sauerkraut until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, fry the bacon bits in a pan.
  4. Heat the smoked sausage according to the instructions on the package.
  5. Mash the cooked potatoes and sauerkraut into a creamy mash. Optionally, add some juniper berries for extra flavor.
  6. Serve the mash with the fried bacon bits and the heated smoked sausage.

3. Dutch Apple Pie

An absolute classic loved by every Dutch family.

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Eggs
  • Lemon juice
  • Raisins (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F).
  2. Peel the apples, remove the cores, and slice them thinly. Sprinkle the slices with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  3. Mix the flour, sugar, butter, and a pinch of salt until crumbly.
  4. Grease a pie dish and line it with half of the dough.
  5. Spread the apple slices over the dough and sprinkle with cinnamon and raisins.
  6. Cover the apples with the remaining dough, optionally in a nice diamond pattern.
  7. Bake the apple pie for about 45 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  8. Let the apple pie cool before slicing it.

4. Pancakes

A favorite for young and old, perfect for both lunch and dinner.

Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • Butter
  • Syrup, powdered sugar, or other desired toppings

Preparation:

  1. Mix the flour, milk, eggs, and a pinch of salt until you have a smooth batter.
  2. Heat a little butter in a frying pan and pour in a thin layer of batter.
  3. Fry the pancake until golden brown on both sides.
  4. Repeat this process with the rest of the batter.
  5. Serve the pancakes warm with syrup, powdered sugar, or other desired toppings.

5. Oven-Baked Fries with Mayonnaise

A healthier version of the well-known Dutch fries.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Mayonnaise

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F).
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut them into thin fries.
  3. Spread the fries evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Drizzle the fries with olive oil and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  5. Bake the fries for about 30-35 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Serve the oven-baked fries with mayonnaise.

Get the ingredients quickly and get started in the kitchen with your children. Bring a piece of Dutch culture into your kitchen by introducing them to the delicious flavors and traditions of Dutch cuisine.

Enjoy your meal!

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