Discover the Dutch cuisine and traditional recipes

Amsterdam, April 11, 2024. By: Kamar Marouan

Every country has its traditional dishes; the Netherlands is no exception. Last month, we embarked on a journey through Dutch cuisine with various Dutch snacks. Stroopwafels, which are starting to make their mark on international markets, were featured. But herring, licorice, and recipes for kale and hutspot also made an appearance. These are meals you don’t commonly see in other countries, but that doesn’t make them any less delicious. In this second part, we look at other Dutch snacks and a traditional recipe for when there’s something to celebrate. 

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Dutch snacks


The Dutch love to fry food. Bitterballen are crispy, fried balls with a soft and creamy meat filling. This tasty snack can often be found on terraces and in cafés.


Every country has its New Year’s traditions. In the Netherlands, we eat oliebollen on New Year’s Eve and as soon as the clock strikes twelve. Oliebollen are fried dough balls that are dusted with powdered sugar. Some oliebollen may also be filled with apple, currants, or raisins. A delicious snack for the start of the new year!

Gouda Cheese

The Dutch are very fond of cheese. One of the most famous and most consumed types of cheese even comes from the Netherlands: Gouda cheese! You can enjoy Gouda cheese almost everywhere in the world, but it tastes best in the Netherlands. Gouda cheese originates from Gouda and was first marketed in 1549. Delicious on a sandwich or on a cheese board.


The Dutch borrelplank (Cheese board)

The Dutch cheese board consists of a lot of tasty snacks. From cheese to meat, there’s something for everyone. This recipe is a favorite for when there’s something to celebrate and you have guests over, or just when you’re spending an evening on the couch. Easy to make and just as delicious!


250 grams of Dutch grilled sausage
150 grams of pickled onions
1 pack of salted crackers
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
200 grams of Gouda cheese
200 grams of Old Amsterdam cheese
100 grams of liverwurst
100 grams of cream cheese
200 grams of cornichons (small pickles)
100 grams of beef sausage
1 bag of cocktail nuts
1 large cheese board or wooden cutting board/span>


  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Check the packaging for how to warm up the grilled sausage. 
  3. Cut the Gouda cheese and Old Amsterdam into cubes and spread them over the cheese board.
  4. Scoop the liverwurst into a bowl and cut the beef sausage into slices.
  5. Put the mustard in a small bowl just like the cocktail nuts, pickled onions, and cornichons.
  6. Spread the crackers over the board and place everything nicely on the table.
  7. Cheers!
Dutch borrelplank

Tips for Finding Dutch Ingredients

Tip #1

There are many small Dutch shops with special products such as spices and delicacies in cities and villages in the Netherlands. Take the time to explore these because you can often find special and unique Dutch ingredients. The staff is usually very helpful and can provide handy advice for preparing Dutch meals.

Tip #2

Go to the market to taste many fresh and local products! Every week, there are different markets all over the Netherlands that you can visit.

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