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Stamppot is undoubtedly one of the most iconic Dutch dishes. It means “mashed pot” and it contains mashed potatoes with lots of other mashed vegetables such as carrot, spinach, sauerkraut, kale, onions. It’s a hearty meal on its own, but you’ll find it usually paired with sausage as well.


  • 2 large potatoes 
  • 1 small sweet potato 
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large leek
  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A pinch of nutmeg


Peel the potatoes and chop into 1-inch cubes. Chop the carrots, squash and leeks into 1-inch cubes as well, placing everything in a large pot. Add the finely chopped onion, garlic, and shredded kale to the pot as well. Add enough water to cover all of the vegetables. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer until the vegetables become tender, roughly 20 minutes.

Drain the vegetables, add olive oil and mash everything with a potato masher. (Don’t whip or purée) Season the mixture with nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. (Note: This is a meat and dairy free version of an iconic dish. If you’d like this recipe with the milk, butter and sausage it is normally prepared with, search online or ask someone in the local European market)

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