Vegan ‘hutspot’ and a celebration

In October 1574, after a siege that had lasted for months and left many people starving, a young boy climbed upon the citywalls of Leiden. He saw how  the Spanish soldiers  had left their campements, fearing the rising water. They left, leaving everything behind. This boy, Cornelis Joppensz, ventured outside the city walls to explore the deserted army camps. He found a pot, filled with a mixture of carrots and onions, and brought it home. Ever since that day, people in Leiden eat ‘hutspot’ on the 3rd of October.  And so did we….

3 oktober 2015 leiden After an eventful day on the fairground, I cooked a large pot of hutspot to end our 3 Oktober celebration in style.

Hutspot is usually eaten together with meat, but I went for a vegan variety!

For a hungry family of four you will need:

1 kg potatoes, 750 gr carrots, 2 medium parsnips, 3 medium onions, vegetable stock, olive oil, ground black pepper.

optional: vegan ‘meatballs’.

hutspot 2Clean the potatoes, carrots and parsnip, chop in roughly equal cubes, cover with water and cook for about 15-20 minutes (check in between: you want to mash your veggies, not make porridge).

Chop the onions and glaze them in some olive oil, and powdered vegetable stock and pepper to taste.

Drain potatoes,carrot and parsnip,  add onions and mash. You can make it as smooth or as lumpy as you like. Add some more oil and vegetable stock or pepper according to taste.

Et voila, you’re done!

Just fry some vegan meatballs or even falafel (did that last year..) to go with your hutspot and you’ve got yourself the vegan version of  Leidens ‘signature dish’.

Eet smakelijk!

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7 thoughts on “Vegan ‘hutspot’ and a celebration

  1. It’s been years since I tried making that – my boys went through a phase of not liking things mixed together “that don’t belong together” (in their opinion, mashed potatoes are mashed potatoes, nothing else) 😉 But as I detect signs of increasing open-mindedness in the food sector I will give it a try again. But I think to be sure I will just leave the parsnips out and increase the number of carrots (there is a definite limit to the open-mindedness!) 🙂

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    1. Just give it a try! My elders daughter doesn’t like carrots, but easily eats two plates of hutspot per meal, we’re a big fan of hutspot. Ofcourse you can skip the parsnip. It’s a vegetable I’ve only recently ‘ discovered’ and I’m learning to love it, and I’m still experimenting with it, I did like the result!

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      1. Tried it yesterday – they liked it a lot (without the parsnip… I do like parsnip, but I did not want to do too many experiments in one go… you know, if you change too many parameters at once, it is always tricky… 😉 ). Pot scraped clean, no left-overs, always a good sign. Thanks for putting it on our menu!

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    1. Ha Marije, leuk! Ik heb je nieuwe blog ook ontdekt en gepoogd om een berichtje achter te laten, maar ik denk dat het of niet gelukt is of wel een keer of 5 hetzelfde berichtje, wordpress account en blogger, daar worstel ik wel vaker mee. maar je blog is leuk en mooi en heerlijk openhartig!

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