The spread included traditional foods from the Netherlands, like Dutch meatballs in gravy (like Scandinavian meatballs) and Rookworst (Dutch smoked sausage), as well as exotic dishes from Indonesia, including a beautiful pink tandoori chicken and savory bami goreng noodles.
I loved Dutch lunch days because it presented an opportunity for me to try new dishes like bami goreng noodles as well as Dutch Bitterballen (fried meatballs) and Rookworst, a smoked sausage similar to a hot dog, but better.
But, for my Dutch friends, there was one simple dish that made them swoon with delight whenever it was served in the way that you knew this was something their mothers had made for them “Hutspot!” they would squeal, even the burly deck and engine officers.
When pronounced in Dutch, hutspot sounds to an English-speaking ear like “hodgepodge,” thus I’ve named my recipe Hodgepodge Potatoes. Hutspot is a humble yet comforting mash of potatoes, carrots, onions, butter and cream. At first, I didn’t understand the appeal ‚ÄĒ although I was becoming an adventurous eater, my roots were still in North Dakota where our mashed potatoes were simple, plain and white.
While I was keen to embrace the more exotic foods on the buffet, I was well into the sixth month of my first stint before I finally decided to try hutspot and find out what all the fuss was