This is a delicious family recipe for gehaktballen, which are Dutch meatballs and stamppot, which I make using potatoes and spinach. I grew up having this from my mother and grandmother, and it is quite a simple to make, very tasty, traditional Dutch dish. (And quite healthy too!) Just the thing to have on a cold winters night.
Dutch food sadly has a reputation for being a little boring and bland, but I am here to prove this silly theory wrong. Dutch food may not had the decadent reputation of French food, but it can still be sexy! Once you have tried this recipe I am sure you will also agree with me.
You will need:
This will make enough for 4 people. (or 2 very hungry people)
- 500 g minced beef
- 1 onion finely diced
- 2 cubes of beef stock or 2 teaspoons of beef stock power
- 1 egg
- 6 large potatoes
- 1 - 2 packets of spinach (250g) depending on how spinachy you would like the stamppot
Roll the meat into medium sized balls and place in the fridge for 30 mins or so.
Peel the potatoes and boil them until cooked. Mash them with some milk, salt and butter and then add in the spinach. I used a packet of frozen spinach so I just microwaved it but if you are using fresh spinach then chop it up and boil it and then add it to the potatoes. Mix well together and warm up again on the stove just before you serve.
Then simply fry your meatballs in a frying pan with a good splash of oil and make some gravy to go with it. I used gravox powder with some boiled water added it to. My grandmother used to cook the meatballs slowly over a couple of hours in the gravy, however I do not have that level of patience for meatballs, so I fry them fairly quickly.
I was always taught to make a little mound of stamppot on the place first, and then make a well in which to place the meatballs and gravy.
Serve with some apple sauce and a bit of mayonnaise. Yum!!