Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dreaming of Aruba and...

Bitterballen

Aruba Bound

So yesterday morning I awoke hungry after dreaming of Bitterballen. I tried a Bitterbal years ago at a happy hour cocktail party but cannot recall how it tasted. Does this mean it was unremarkable for me not to remember? Either way, the dream let's me know that I am anticipating our December visit to the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort.

In case you are not familiar with the plural of Bitterbal, Bitterballen- as in a whole plateful of Bitterbals, they are a Dutch meat based snack. Think of them as being similar to croquettes. Most often they contain a minced or chopped, beef or veal mixture. This is then combined with beef broth, butter, flour for a thickening agent, parsley, salt and pepper. The result is a thick ragout.

Some recipes also add nutmeg or curry powder or finely chopped vegetables such as carrots. The ragout is then refrigerated and left to thicken before being rolled into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls. The balls are then coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. As you can see they are served with a mustard sauce for dipping.

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