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Leek, Bacon and Egg Hotchpotch: A Traditional Dutch Recipe

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Leek Hotchpotch with eggs and diced bacon.

Leek Hotchpotch with eggs and diced bacon.

Leek Hotchpotch (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 that's 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.

What If I Can't Find Diced Bacon?

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 appeared 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 pieces.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

25 min

40 min

Serves 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled
  • 2 pounds leeks, chopped
  • 0.4 pound bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • Splash of milk, to moisten the mash
  • salt and pepper, to your taste

Ingredient Note

If you don't like curry powder, then you can leave it out or replace it with a splash of vinegar.

Instructions

  1. Cook the potatoes for about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, put the diced bacon in a dry pan and sauté until it's crisp but not too hard.
  3. Boil 6 eggs hard, then shock them with cold water. Peel 4 of the 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 off the stove.
  4. Mash the potatoes and add some milk if necessary. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
  5. Add the bacon (with fat), the leek and the 4 chopped eggs to the mashed potatoes and stir it all together. Put the stew in a nice bowl.
  6. Peel the last two eggs, cut them in 2 or 4 pieces, and decorate the stew with them.
Leek stew with bacon and eggs.

Leek stew with bacon and eggs.

What Do You Think of This Recipe?

© 2019 Titia Geertman

Comments

Titia Geertman (author) from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on April 14, 2019:

#Lorelei Cohen, yes same ingredients can make different food. The traditional Dutch winter food is often potatoes mashed with a vegetable. We mash potatoes with carrots, with leek, with apples, with endive, with curly cale, with spinache. You name it and we mash it.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on April 14, 2019:

I love mashed potato so this is a recipe that definitely looks appealing to me. It is sort of like our traditional breakfast but layered rather than the foods lying side by side. Interesting indeed how different cultures create their traditional foods. Thank you for sharing.

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