Stamppot (English: Mash Pot) is a traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several other vegetables, sometimes also with bacon. These vegetable pairings traditionally include sauerkraut, endive, kale, spinach, turnip greens, or carrot and onion (the combination of the latter two is known as hutspot in the Netherlands and as wortelstoemp in Belgium). It is usually served with sausage (in the Netherlands often smoked, in Belgium more often fried) or stewed meat. Stamppot can be purchased from shops and supermarkets. It can also be ordered in cafe style restaurants, but the combination of more strict recent regulations about allowed foods in taverns versus restaurants has restricted the custom of offering simple dishes in many Belgian pubs.
There are two methods of preparing stamppot, the first being the more modern form:
Stamppot is prepared by boiling the vegetables and potatoes separately. Once done the potatoes are added to the same pot as the vegetables and all are thoroughly mashed together. Some people add apple sauce to this mix for extra flavor and/or to soften the mix. A smoked sausage (rookworst) is the preferred piece of meat to be added to the dish.
Stamppot can also be made in a single pot. Potatoes, onions, and the vegetable of choice are peeled and placed in the pot with the sausage. Water is added, and the mixture is left to boil. After the vegetables are cooked and drained, some milk, butter and salt are added, and the vegetables are mashed together. An example is hutspot.
Lardons (kaantjes) are often added for flavoring. It is also common to make a small hole in the top of the mix on the plate and fill it with gravy, known in Dutch as a kuiltje jus (little gravy pit).