Third Thursday Potluck: April Menu

Dinner,Recipes
April 16, 2013

The Relish Supper Club celebrates members' heritage with Dutch Hutspot and traditional recipes.

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MENU
Old School Pecan Studded Cheeseball, Water Crackers
The Big Italian Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing
Beet-Grapefruit Salad with Feta
Spinach, Ricotta and Speck Lasagna Rolls
Italian Meatballs
Beef Braised in Brown Butter
Scalloped Potatoes
Hutspot
Lemon Curd Tartlets Topped with Fresh Berries

All foods have a story, and at potluck, we are lucky to hear fascinating ones from our guests about the dishes they bring. Some recipes belong to a family history. Others tell a larger narrative about a people’s customs and struggles.

This month, supper club regular Wouter Feldbush introduced us to two traditional dishes from his homeland, Holland. The Dutch are known for straightforward, hearty cuisine that emphasizes vegetables, dairy, and a modicum of meat. It could be called “no-nonsense” food—rustic, and frugal, but full of flavor nonetheless. That sensibility fits right into our potluck schema.

“Hutspot” (“Mixed Pot”) is a modest, savory mash of root vegetables, with a story rooted in Dutch history. For months in 1574, the walled city of Leiden had been under siege by Spanish occupiers. The people were trapped in the city and starving. William of Orange breached the dikes, flooding the fields where the Spanish military encampments were in force. The Spaniards fled. What the famished Dutch found abandoned at their camps were kettles of potatoes, carrots, and onions stewed together—which they immediately ate. That unfamiliar hodge-podge became a symbol of freedom, and now a mainstay of Dutch cooking. Tasty, or, as they say in Holland, “Lekker!”
—By Nancy Vienneau, Nashville, Tenn.

Hutspot with Braised Beef

Hutspot (Dutch Carrots, Potatoes and Onions)

This combination of mashed vegetables is traditionally served with braised beef.

Brown Butter Braised Beef

Beef Braised in Brown Butter (Draadjesvlees)

Browned butter, bay leaves and whole cloves deepen the beefy flavors of the meat.

Big Italian Salad

Big Italian Salad

A lively assembly of vegetables, meats and cheeses that you’d find on an antipasta board.

Spinach, Ricotta and Speck Lasagna Rolls

Spinach, Ricotta and Speck Lasagna Rolls

The Italian smoked and cured pork known as speck forms part of the filling in these pasta rolls.

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