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Amsterdam treats

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A king-size stroopwafel, a favorite Dutch treat.

Before my twin sister and I hit Paris last month, we visited a friend in Amsterdam. Maurice was an excellent tour guide, making sure we sampled all the traditional Dutch favorites such as bitterballen, deep-fried meat-based snacks (the size of hush puppies) that are found in almost every pub. They go great with the local beer. At the famed Albert Cuyp street market, we ate freshly made stroopwafels (pictured above). The thin cookies are made on waffle irons and then sandwiched with a thin caramel sauce. A warm one is unbelievable good but even the ones we bought and took with us to Paris tasted great, too (I was happy to discover Trader Joe's has a version—try microwaving them for a few seconds to get that fresh taste).

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Bitterballen, a very popular meat-based bar snack.

1 Bitterballen, a very popular meat-based bar snack.

Fresh herring that has been cleaned and preserved with some salt with onions and pickles.

2 Fresh herring that has been cleaned and preserved with some salt with onions and pickles.

Packaged smaller stroopwafels.

3 Packaged smaller stroopwafels.

A homemade stamppot, made with potatoes, sausages, and endive.

4 A homemade stamppot, made with potatoes, sausages, and endive.

Stamppot goes great with mustards on the side.

5 Stamppot goes great with mustards on the side.

At the market we also ate herring, which was the freshest-tasting fish I have ever eaten, with onions and pickles on top (there is local debate to top or not to top—depends on the freshness of the fish). Maurice also was gracious enough to cook for us. He made us stamppot, mashed potatoes mixed with mustard, endive, bacon, and the pan juices from pork cutlets, which are served on top along with sausages. It was a great hearty winter meal that I plan to cook at home for friends. If you've been to Amsterdam, what were the highlights?

Comments (7)

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    I love stroopwafels, and have been fascinated by them ever since I came across a bag of them in a discount store in Amsterdam. I never knew they were meant to go on top of a hot beverage - that's a great tip! Now I want to go back and try the freshly made version. Thanks for the travel tip!!

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    OMG I want some right now......Stroop Waffles r the greatest

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    I am hooked on Stroopwafels and now order them from a place in Billings Montana of all places-Nothing better with an americano mid morning!

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    Do you happen to have Maurice's stamppot recipe? Stamppot's delicious.

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    Make enough mashed potatoes for four people, using some of the cooking water to make them smooth. Cook several slices of bacon, cut into pieces, until crisp and add it and its rendered fat to the potatoes. Then stir in 1 to 2 Belgian endives, chopped, and 2 to 3 tablespoons good-quality mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Pan-fry pork cutlets or boil any flavorful pork sausage (or do both). Place on top of potato mixture and serve with more mustard. As the Dutch say, smakelijk eten (bon appetit)!

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    In Amsterdam, the best thing I have ever eaten were poffertjes, which are kind of funnel-cakey in their deliciousness.

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    For those of you in the New York area, The Good Batch sells fresh stroopwafels at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene. They do a really great traditional one, and they also do original flavors. So good. I think they might even ship. Definitely check it out if you can!

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