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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Belgian stoemp

I love trying new recipes but also trying specialties from various countries. I had some carrots and leeks and wanted to do something different with them so I tried out the Belgium version of our Dutch stamppot which is called stoemp. It was so easy to make since it is all thrown in one pot.

I also needed something that would taste good with the Beef Wellington I bought at our butcher. He makes them up when the weather starts to turn cold. They are so delicious and all you have to do is pop them in the oven. He makes his version with a very spicy meatloaf type filling instead of a piece of beef. It is something we look forward to as autumn starts.

Belgian stoemp for two
3 potatoes, peeled and largely diced
2 carrots, chopped in very small chunks
1 leek, sliced
50ml milk
50gr butter
salt and pepper

Peel and boil potatoes in salted water. When the potatoes only need about 5 minutes more, add the carrots and leeks to the water. (The carrots should not be so soft that they mash up which is why you add them later.) When the potatoes are ready, drain the water. Place the milk and butter in a small dish and warm up in a microwave. Now add the mixture to the potatoes, carrots and leeks and mash with a hand masher. Add salt. pepper and nutmeg to taste.

As you can see, we love pepper here so I added a good deal of freshly ground pepper over the stoemp before I served it.

Eet smakelijk!


Nancy said...

Okay, I will order that for the next time I come over. It looks great. Of course, with the price of airfare, that might not happen anytime soon. I cannot believe how much it has increased since I started trips over there. It is now over $1000. Hello, I don't want to buy the seat, just sit in it.
Don't forget to start reading the free book you found for us on your Kindle, my Nook. The Widow of Larkspur Inn. It is sooooo good. I just started it yesterday and now don't want to stop reading.
Love you, Mom

Melanie said...

That potato recipe looks delicious - I love carrots and leeks and it seems that addition, plus the nutmeg would make plain ol' mashed potatoes a bit "livlier", wouldn't it? I'll have to give this a try. (PS - I love lots of pepper, too!)