Boerenkool Stamppot met Rookworst en Spekjes / Traditional Dutch Curly Kale Mash with Smoked Sausage and Lardons

Kale. Is it just me or does it seem like this leafy cruciferous green has become somewhat trendy (again) over the past few years? Sure, people have been eating it since ancient times and it’s a commonly eaten vegetable in many parts of the world, but I feel like kale is suddenly a lot ‘cooler’ than it was when I was growing up. Growing up in the Netherlands, kale, or ‘boerenkool‘ as we call it, is consumed quite a lot and I never really thought this leafy green was all that special and I certainly never really thought of it as a ‘super food’. I only really started to appreciate and crave it again after I moved to sunny Greece and it suddenly became something I could only sporadically find whilst food shopping (I believe it’s only been little over two or three years since I occasionally started seeing kale pop up at the farmer’s markets and specialised bio-food stores over here)… Isn’t that how it always goes? You truly miss something when it (almost) goes away. Anyway, I think it’s about time I share my re-appreciation of kale with this recipe for a traditional Dutch boerenkool stamppot, don’t you think?


Dutch boerenkool stamppot (literally translated it means ‘farmer’s cabbage mash pot’, or ‘farmer’s cabbage hodgepodge’), is a traditional and quintessential Dutch winter staple. As is the case with most Dutch winter foods (see hutspot here), in its most basic form it simply consists of potatoes mashed together with something — in this case cooked kale. However, the mash is generally always served with slices of smoked pork sausage (‘met worst’ as we say) and some fried lardons (‘spekjes’) to spruce it up a bit.


Not only are the ingredients for this Dutch comfort food quite simple, so is its preparation. The main ingredients, except for the lardons, are cooked together in one large pot: the potatoes go in first with some water to barely cover them, then finely chopped curly kale is put on top so that it basically steams over the potatoes, and the smoked sausage lays on top of that bed of leafy greens… and it only needs about 20 – 25 minutes on the stove. The lardons are usually fried separately and stirred in, or sprinkled on top after mashing the kale and potatoes and that’s basically it.

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If you want to make your stamppot ‘extra special’ (haha), you can serve it with some extra additions such as mustard, cornichons, pickled onions and/or some gravy as well (the latter the Dutch usually pour into a little dent made in the middle of the mash, or what we refer to as ‘het juskuiltje’). For my recipe here, I don’t make a separate gravy (but yes to mustard and pickles), but simply mix the fat of the fried lardons plus some milk and butter through the mash instead – I believe that is filling and flavourful enough as it is!


Tip: Some people don’t like to add any milk or butter to the mash, or simply pick either butter or milk. I like the creaminess of both, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy milk just to add a splash to this recipe. If you choose to not use any milk and/or butter, or want to make this recipe completely dairy-free, only use some of the reserved cooking liquid from the potatoes and kale to moisten the mash instead.

Tip 2: to make this dish completely plant-based, follow the tip above (use only cooking liquid) and replace the sausage and lardons with some toasted walnuts. In The Netherlands they have also started selling a plant-based version of the rookworst.



Boerenkool Stamppot met Rookworst en Spekjes / Traditional Dutch Curly Kale Mash with Smoked Sausage and Lardons

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Traditional Dutch winter staple with potatoes, kale, sausage and lardons
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:25 mins
  • Serves:4
  • Freezable:Yes

Nutrition per portion

  • 1kg floury potatoes
  • 500 - 600g curly kale (weight without thick stems)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1 smoked pork sausage, 'rookworst' (of about 275g)
  • 250g smoked lardons
  • 30g knob of butter*
  • Splash of full fat milk *
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Coarse mustard, to serve (optional)
  • Cornichons and / or pickled onions, to serve (optional)
  1. Prep: Peel the potatoes and chop into chunks. Wash the kale and discard thick stems (if you’ve bought whole leaves) and finely chop the leaves.
  2. Place the potatoes in a high-rimmed pot and fill with cold water until the potatoes are just under and add half a teaspoon of salt. Don’t add too much water, the potatoes should only be just submerged. Then place the finely chopped kale on top of the potatoes and the smoked sausage on top of the kale. Cover with a lid and bring to a simmer. Once the water is boiling, continue cooking for 20 to 25 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked and easily fall apart.
  3. In the meantime, whilst the potatoes and kale are cooking, fry the smoked lardons in a frying pan over medium-high heat, until they turn crispy.
  4. Once the potatoes are ready, remove the sausage from the pot and pour the leftover-cooking liquid into a heat-proof glass or bowl (you might need this liquid to help with the mashing later on. Read note below).
  5. Pour the fat from the fried lardons over the steamed kale and add a knob of butter and a splash of milk to the pot as well*. Mash until everything is relatively smooth and well combined. If you’ve added lots of kale, the mashing might be a little tough at first, but keep going!
  6. Season stamppot with salt and pepper to taste, but keep in mind that the lardons and sausage you are serving the mash with are already quite salty.
  7. Divide boerenkool stamppot over plates and serve with the crispy lardons and slices of smoked sausage on top (alternatively you can stir the lardons through the mash before serving). Add a tablespoon of mustard and some pickles on the side if you wish.
---------- *Note: As written in the post above, some people don’t add any milk and butter, or simply pick one or the other. I like the creaminess of both, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy milk just to add a splash to this dish. If you choose to not use any milk and/or butter, use some of the reserved cooking liquid to moisten the mash during step 5 of this recipe instead. Similarly, if the mixture remains dry-ish even after adding the fat, butter and milk, add some of the reserved cooking liquid as well.


  1. tineke

    was op zoek naar bietjes salade en vond je prachtige newsletter!
    en stampot andijvie en boerenkool, yum yum…
    alleen, ik kan helaas niet inschrijven voor de email versie…🤔
    ik doe nl. geen fb etc.
    ik woon in Ensenada, Baja, 100 miles ten zuiden van San Diego.
    Griekenland is nog steeds op m’n lijstje…
    keep going !


    1. thegluttonlife

      Hallo Tineke! Bedankt voor uw lieve comment :).

      Het klopt dat er op dit moment nog geen e-mail versie / newsletter beschikbaar is (sorry!), maar ik ben daar wel mee bezig. Ik hoop deze zo snel mogelijk beschikbaar te maken zodat iedereen zonder social media ook de website kan blijven volgen 🙂
      Wanneer de newsletter beschikbaar is zal ik het ook laten weten met een reply op deze comment en ik hoop dat u dit dan nog kan zien.
      Dank voor de lieve comment en het volgens van de website!


  2. Rudy van Acker

    We came to Australia from North Holland way back in 1952 and my mother made a similar recipe called Hutspot using carrots instead of kale. My grandchildren love it and call it Black-out Dinner, because daughter once made it on a gas stove under torch light due to an electrical supply failure. I will try it using kale as per your recipe.


    1. thegluttonlife

      Thank you for sharing your lovely memory! Sorry I am a bit slow with my reply, but I hope you have since tried this recipe with kale and liked it. I also have a recipe for hutspot on this website here (though, mother’s is always best): hutspot
      and another ‘stamppot’ using endive which you might like: Andijvie
      Thank you for your comment!


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