It’s cold. It’s windy. It’s slippery.
Although I am a big fan of winter, it doesn’t seem like we have any proper ones in The Netherlands anymore. Sure, it’s colder than usual, but we haven’t had a decent pack of snow in years. The last time I was able to skate on natural ice was about 3 years ago. And that’s what winter should be like. Not this fall kind of stormy weather. I do not like it.Due to the wind and rain, I sometimes need a little pick me up. This comes in the form of split pea soup. Or snert as we call it in Dutch. Honestly, a recipe doesn’t get any more Dutch than this. It’s one of those traditional classics that just never seem to go out of fashion, as there’s always this wet weather which calls for comfort. Also, it incorporates one of the true Dutch ingredients: rookworst. Basically, this translates to smoked sausage, and it’s what we eat with our mashed potatoes every winter.The pea soup is quite thick, and very filling. But oh so, comforting. The flavour is so earthy, and basic, yet so layered. Besides that, it’s incredibly easy to make. Just boil the peas along with the bacon and pork steak. After about 1 hour, you add the rest of the vegetables, the smoked sausage and some herbs. Leave to boil for another half hour, and you’re done!
Traditionally, we serve it with rye bread and smoked bacon (or katenspek in Dutch). Rye bread really is something else though. Personally, I just cannot eat it, I thoroughly dislike the sour taste, but there are tons of people who adore it. If it’s your first time eating Dutch Pea Soup, definitely try to have the rye bread as accompaniment for the full Dutch experience!
Ingredients Used kitchen appliances Preparation Note: it might be that the split peas available in your supermarket need to soak in water overnight. Check this with your vendor, or the instructions on the package.
Traditional Dutch Pea Soup
Used kitchen appliances
Note: it might be that the split peas available in your supermarket need to soak in water overnight. Check this with your vendor, or the instructions on the package.