As we’ve moved through our 3 month Euro trip, arriving in Amsterdam after Malta gave us a bit of a chill factor as we’d spend the whole summer in the Turkish heat and all of a sudden….Brrr. But having our very own apartment that was nice and warm? This is definitely the way we like to travel. We’d rented places all throughout Greece and Malta and its just so nice to have your own space for cooking, relaxing, and working!
As our stomachs rumbled away morning after we arrived, we headed out in search of food- and literally around the corner from our apartment was the Dappermarkt. The Dappermarkt is a local neighbourhood market located in Amsterdam Oost – one of the city’s most colorful and culturally diverse districts. Also on the corner of our apartment was an “African market (that’s what the sign said!)” which was a little grocery store that sold my favorite food in the whole world- plantains. And they had the sweet ones. LOVE.
Open every day except Sunday, the Dappermarkt has about 200 stalls selling everything from appliances and pillows to flowers and plants. In addition to fresh produce, fish and meat you’ll find specialty foods from a variety of countries, especially Suriname, Turkey and Morocco.
Now given that we were in Amsterdam, I wanted to make a classic Dutch meal that was easy enough and fairly quick. It was hard to decide with so many things on offer, including this red & green pesto cheese. Ok I know cheese isn’t a meal, but it was really tasty.
I decided to make something anyone could make from anywhere in the world- meat and potatoes- Dutch style. Doesn’t get much easier than that does it? I also cooked with something new for me- Celeriac root. This is a type of celery and the whole thing is edible. I found this ingredient was key in the Dutch stamppot (which is just a mash with potato and celeriac root!). The Rookworst is a type of Dutch smoked sausage in which ground meat is mixed with spices and salt and stuffed into a casing. Rookworst is also a traditional ingredient in stamppot.
Check out the video below to see how to make our Dutch Stamppot & Rookwurst with gravy:
- 1 Celeriac
- 3-4 Russet potatoes (or any kind you have good for mashing)
- A good mustard
- Salt n Pepper
- 1 Rookworst (Dutch smoked sausage)
- A bit of butter
- Some cream
- Watch our video for easy instructions. I used the bits in the pan after frying the sausage, added some cream and butter and that was my gravy, but make it however you like!
*A special Thank you to Flipkey for providing such a great accommodation for us!