Western European Cuisine

Aligot – Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Cheese

Potatoes and cheese are beaten together with crème fraiche until they form silky, smooth ribbons of pureed potato. It’s a deliciously hearty recipe, and it’s tempting to eat it all by itself, in the dead of winter, for its sheer comfort value. Try to hold out, though, and accompany it with a rich steak for a luxurious meal. Once you do, it will be hard to go back to regular mashed potatoes.

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Alsatian Cuisine

Alsatian cuisine, strongly based on Germanic culinary traditions, is marked by the use of pork in various forms. Traditional dishes include Baeckeoffe, flammekueche, Choucroute, and fleischnacka. Southern Alsace, also called the Sundgau, is characterised by carpe frite.

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Appeltaart – Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch apple pie (appeltaart or appelgebak) recipes are distinct in that they typically call for flavourings such as cinnamon and lemon juice to be added.

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Austrian Cuisine

Austrian cuisine is a style native to Austria and composed of influences from throughout the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Regional influences from Italy, Hungary, Bohemia, Germany and the Balkans have had an effect on Austrian cuisine, and in turn this fusion of styles was influential throughout the Empire.

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Baeckeoffe – Alsatian Meat and Potatoes Casserole

A mix of sliced potatoes, sliced onions, cubed mutton, beef and pork which have been marinated overnight in Alsatian white wine and juniper berries and slow cooked in a sealed ceramic casserole dish. Leeks, thyme, parsley, garlic, carrots and marjoram are other commonly added ingredients for flavour and colour.

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Banket – Dutch Almond Pastry

Banket or letterbanket is a sweet pastry that originated in the Netherlands and is popular in the Christmas season, especially on Saint Nicholas’ eve, 5 December.

Banket is made by rolling pastry dough around an almond paste filling and then baking it. The log is then cut into short lengths for serving, hot or cold. It can also be frozen and enjoyed after the holiday season.

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Béarnaise Sauce

Like Hollandaise sauce, there are several methods for the preparation of Béarnaise sauce. The most common preparation is a bain-marie method where a reduction of vinegar is used to acidify the yolks. Escoffier calls for a reduction of wine, vinegar, shallots, fresh chervil, fresh tarragon and crushed peppercorns (later strained out), with fresh tarragon and chervil to finish instead of lemon juice. Others are similar.

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Boerenkool Stamppot – Dutch Kale Hash

Boerenkool met rookworst, (which could be translated literally as farmers cabbage with smoked sausage), is made of mashed potatoes mixed with kale and it is usually eaten with smoked sausage.

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Boerenomelet – Dutch Farmers Omelette

In the Netherlands, a Boerenomelet (“farmer’s omelette”) is a popular dish, usually consisting of 2 to 3 eggs, a mixture of sautéed onions, mushrooms, potatoes, capsicums, leeks, garden peas, salt and pepper (for seasoning). The dish has many variations.

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Brown Stock

Brown stock is one of the basic stocks in French cuisine and is the basis of Espagnole Sauce and Demi-glace.

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Café de Paris Sauce

Café de Paris sauce is a complex butter-based sauce served with grilled meats. When it is served with a beef rib or sirloin steak, the resulting dish is known as “entrecôte Café de Paris”. It’s actually Café de Paris butter — which of course melts to a “sauce” on the hot sirloin steak (Entrecôte) it must be served with — which was devised by chef Freddy Dumont in 1941, created specifically to be served with sirloin steak.

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Chou Rouge a la Limousine – Red Cabbage with Chestnuts

The delicious combination of red cabbage and chestnuts is a common in France and goes well with pork chops or with pork sausages.

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Choucroute Garnie – Dressed Sauerkraut

In principle, there is no fixed recipe for this dish – any preparation of hot sauerkraut with meat and potatoes could qualify – but in practice there are certain traditions, favourite recipes, and stereotypical garnishes that are more easily called choucroute garnie than others.

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Dutch Cuisine

Dutch cuisine is shaped by the practice of fishing and farming, including the cultivation of the soil for raising crops and the raising of domesticated animals, and the history of the Netherlands.

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Erdäpfelpüree – Creamy Mashed Potatoes

These creamy mashed potatoes are the perfect accompaniment for Austrian meatloaf or rissoles. The fried onion rings and diced spring onions add a nice burst of flavour, but they are optional.

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Faschierte Laibchen – Austrian Rissoles

Similar to the traditional Austrian dish Faschierter Braten (Minced Pork Meatloaf), these easily made rissoles or meatballs are popular served with Erdäpfelpüree (creamy mashed potatoes) and some mixed vegetables.

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Faschierter Braten – Austrian Meatloaf

Faschierter Braten is a traditional Austrian dish, often served with mashed potatoes, caramelised onion rings and sometimes served alongside a salad. It is a tasteful, satiable and inexpensive meal of beef mince and pork mince. Depending on the kind of preparation, the Braten also has other names: Netzbraten when the ground meat mass is wrapped and roasted in a pork net; Falscher Hase when it is formed like the shape of a hare’s back or Stephaniebraten when the roast is additionally filled with a hard boiled egg, pickles, and sausages

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Flamiche au Maroilles – Maroilles Cheese Tart

A Flemish dish that comes from the Aisne region in the north of France. This French appetizer unveils all the character of this cheese made on the local farms.

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Garnalenkroketten – Shrimp Croquettes

These lovely Dutch croquettes are a crunchy fritter outside with a tasty shrimp and white sauce inside. These are an easy appetiser to make as they can be partly prepared and frozen or refrigerated to finish when required.

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Germknoedel – Steamed Sweet Austrian Dumplings

Served either with melted butter or vanilla sauce and poppy seeds crushed with sugar, Germknödel are popular at Austrian ski resorts. Try these dumplings on a cold day, after a bowl of vegetable soup for a delightful meal.

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