Pure comfort food! Stamppot consists of mashed potatoes mixed with various ingredients like carrots, onions or kale, and it was one of my favourites when I lived in Holland. It is often served as the main meal, with a smoked, spicy sausage such as rookworst. I tend to cook it as taught me by my Dutch friend, Anna, with lots of root vegetables, and in large quantities. My family have always loved it. It does contain a lot of butter, but you can add less (or more!) to your preference. Note: In Australia, in place of butternut squash, use Jap, Kent, Queensland Blue or Butternut pumpkin.
- 2 lbs potatoes (900g)
- 1 lb butternut squash (500g) or 1 lb buttercup squash (500g)
- 1⁄2 lb sweet potatoes (250g) or 1⁄2 lb yam (250g)
- 3 large carrots
- 2 large parsnips
- 1 large turnip
- 1 large leek
- 1 onion
- 1 lb savoy cabbage (or use green cabbage, kale, Swiss Chard, silverbeet or collards)
- 1⁄2 cup butter (or less to taste)
- salt and pepper
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves (optional)
- 1 1⁄2 lbs dutch sausage, such as Rookworst (or other spicy sausage such as Spanish Chorizo)
- Prepare the vegetables: Peel and roughly chop the potato, Butternut squash (pumpkin), sweet potato/yam, carrots, parsnips and turnip. Peel and finely chop the onion. Wash any grit from the leek and cabbage, then slice both fairly finely.
- Place the chopped vegetables in a large stock pot, and add water to barely cover. Place over heat, cover, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, around 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the rookworst as per the instructions on the wrap, or saute the chorizo, or other spicy saudage you choose, in a little oil. Slice, then keep warm.
- Drain the vegetables well, then mash - but not too smoothly - some lumps are good ;-) Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the butter, and mix through (use less than 1/2 cup if you prefer). If desired, stir through the chopped parsley.
- Serve the stamppot topped with the sliced sausage, and if you are really decadent, with an extra knob of butter!