Sunday, October 30, 2011


Boerenkool is a dutch dish that I ate fairly often while I was growing up.  It consists of potatoes mashed with kale, served with gravy and smoked sausage (rookwurst).  It's very easy to make - it's all done in a single pot.  I don't remember what proportions we used, but I think it's approximately:

  • 5-6 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 large bunch of kale
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • gravy
  • smoked sausage
  • pickles

Start by peeling and cubing the potatoes.  The potatoes should be added to the a pot of cold water and heated from cold.  Once the potatoes start cooking, roughly chop the kale and dice the onion.  Once the water start boiling, throw in the onion, kale, bay leaves and sausage.

We started by cubing potatoes, and throwing them in to our pot to heat
up with the water.
Meanwhile, we cut up a large bunch of kale

Onions and kale, ready to go

When the water starts boiling, add in the kale, onions
and bay leaf

Add the sausage on top

We brought back some spicy gravy from Albert Heijn
when we visited Holland  last year.

The sausage is already cooked and the onions and kale cook quickly - all you're really waiting for is the potatoes to cook through. Once cooked, remove the sausage and bay leaves (if you can find them).  Drain the water, add butter and mash and season!

We made gravy from a spicy gravy packet we picked up in holland when we visited last year, but in theory any brown gravy is fine.

Mashed potatoes & kale

Cutting up the sausage

Finished plate:  boerenkool shaped into volcano, filled with gravy,
served with  sausage and pickles.

Next time, we're going to have to try zuurkool - it's the same idea, but rather than kale, sauerkraut is added to the mashed potatoes!

1 comment:


    I've you've not seen close encounters, I recommend it. Also, nice! Comfort food.