Leek Hotchpotch With Bacon and Eggs: A Traditional Dutch Recipe
Leek Hotchpotch, aka Preiprol
If you ever have a chance to visit Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (Sealandic Flanders) in the Netherlands, here's what you should do: Look for one of those cosy local restaurants and ask them if you can order preiprol. What on earth is this, you wonder?
Well, preiprol is a famous local stew, rather unknown to the rest of the Netherlands. Prei means leek. Prol is a word that even most Dutchies don't know, but the English words 'glop' or 'hotchpotch' come very close. So, preiprol is a kind of hotchpotch with potatoes, leek, diced bacon and hard-boiled eggs.
Local recipes use local ingredients that might not be available in foreign countries. Take the diced bacon. In my country it's available in any supermarket. I wondered if it was also available in the USA and Canada, so I decided to ask my American and Canadian friends via Facebook. It appears that pre-diced bacon was rather unknown to them and not available as such in the stores. They came up with all kind of different names, like streaked bacon, lard, and bacon julienne.
So, for this recipe you can do one of two things:
- Sauté the slices of bacon and then cut them in pieces.
- Cut the raw bacon and sauté the dices.
- 2 pounds potatoes, peeled
- 2 pounds leek, chopped
- 0.4 pound bacon, diced
- 2 tabelspoons curry powder
- Splash of milk, to moisten the mash
- salt and pepper, to your taste
If you don't like curry powder then you leave it out or replace it with a smash of vinegar.
- Cook the potatoes for about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, put the diced bacon in a dry pan and sauté until it's crisp but not too hard.
- Boil 6 eggs hard, shock them with cold water. Peel 4 eggs and cut them in small pieces. Take a tablespoon of bacon fat and stir the leek in it for about 5 minutes until it's a bit soft. Add the curry powder and take it from the stove.
- Mash the potatoes and add some milk if necessary. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
- Add the bacon (with fat), the leek and the 4 chopped eggs to the mashed potatoes and stir it all. Put the stew in a nice bowl.
- Peel the last two eggs, cut them in 2 or 4 pieces and decorate the stew with them.
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