Vegetarian Giro d’Italia: Dutch Stamppot Boerenkool with Sausage (Mashed Potatoes with Kale)

May 08, 2010 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes

 Vegetarian Giro d'Italia: Stamppot with Sausage (Mashed potatoes with vegetables)

The Giro d’Italia begins today with an exciting burst of energy and lands us first in The Netherlands. That’s ok…shake it off.  It’s a bit confusing because I know you were expecting an Italian recipe. However, the time trial stage is set in beautiful Amsterdam so sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Besides, we’ll get to Italy soon enough. In the meantime, we’ll just have to dive in head first in the Land of Cheese! Cheese! Glorious cheese! In fact, we’re klopt by cheese!

But one can’t live on cheese alone. Can they? Well, if one were to search for traditional Dutch foods you nearly get slammed in the face by a dish called “stamppot”. In short, stamppot is a farmers meal of mashed potatoes with vegetables mushed into veritable and absolute comfort food. Oh, yes, there is cheese in it but it doesn’t overwhelm the dish. It’s a versatile recipe using what you have on hand, so if you’ve got some potatoes and some vegetables hanging around you’ve got stamppot. This dish is served with a nice vegetarian sausage that you can quickly sear on the already hot griddle so it can be considered a one bowl meal.

Stamppot Boerenkool with Vegetarian Sausage

from LizzyGoesDutch.com

4 large red potatoes, peeled and chopped into even sized chunks
1 small red bell pepper
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 cup chopped kale
cubed cheese, about a handful (Note: I used a nice Dutch Yodeling Goat Gouda)
1/2 cup (or more if you like) milk
3-4 T. butter
1 tsp coarse spicy mustard
salt, pepper, cayenne, nutmeg


Bring a pot of salted water to boil.

Meanwhile heat a griddle pan. Throw on the bell pepper and flip until charred pretty well on all sides.

Core and dice it. Set aside in a small bowl.

When the water comes to a boil, add the potatoes and cook until tender. Drain the water. (Note: The original recipe did not say when to stir in the kale. I stirred the kale in after this step so some of the steam from the potatoes could soften it a bit.)

Saute the onions in some butter or oil until browned and caramelized. (You can use the same griddle pan that  you roasted the bell pepper on.) This is a good time to throw the vegetarian sausages on that same griddle pan again. Just move the onions over with the chopped up bell peppers.

Heat the milk, butter and mustard in the microwave until steaming.

Pour it into the drained potatoes, along with the seasonings.

Mash to desired consistency.


Stir in the charred bell peppers and caramelized onions.

Stir in the cheese cubes and divide into serving bowls. Serve each bowl with a grilled sausage.











St. Patrick’s Day – Vegetarian Style!

March 17, 2010 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes, Side Dishes

vegetarian bangers and mash

Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day, I dug into my archives to find this Guinness Bangers and Cheesy Onion Mash recipe. Just don’t forget to leave some Guinness to toast with. Oh, wait, I remember who I’m talking to…you’ll have plenty on hand, right? Enjoy!

Originally published April 8, 2009:

I was inspired by a “Dinner: Impossible” episode on the Food Network to make this banger and mash recipe.  All I had to do was convert the original recipe by using vegetarian sausage.  I also took advantage of a bumper crop of parsley in my Aerogarden to throw some fresh herbs into my mash.

Preparation couldn’t have been easier, but cook time is a little long. But, you don’t have to monitor it that much. So, this was definitely a “sit on the stove and let simmer while folding the laundry” dinner. Served with a little light coleslaw, this meal was quite unique and satisfying. And, it would be easy to make large quantities of if serving a large crowd.

Guinness Bangers and Cheesy Onion Mash
(a.k.a. Vegetarian Sausage and Potatoes)

Serves 2
By: Megabeth
Inspired by Dinner: Impossible

Vegetarian Guinness Sausages
2 t olive oil
1 12 oz package vegetarian Italian-style sausage (4 sausages)
1 pint, 6 oz bottle of Guinness Extra Stout
1/2 white onion, diced

Cheesy Onion Mash
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 white onion, diced
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup asagio cheese, shredded (or use white cheddar)
1 1/2 T butter (I used Smart Balance instead)
2 T flat leaf parsley, minced
sea salt, to taste

In a saute pan, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Add vegetarian sausage and brown on all sides.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Add Guinness and onions and turn heat to low.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Cover and braise for 50 minutes.

vegetarian bangers and mash

In large pot, place potatoes and onions and pot and bring to boil.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Continue to boil until potatoes and onions soften. Drain and place in large bowl.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Add cheese, butter and heavy cream. With potato masher, mash potatoes until smooth.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Add parsley and stir to combine into potatoes. If you desire creamier potatoes, use a hand mixer after hand mashing.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Remove sausage from pan and serve with mashed potatoes. Feel free to use some of the sauce from the pan to drizzle over the potatoes and sausage.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Folklife Festival: Wales Brings on the Veggie Options in DC

June 28, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Restaurant Review, Travel

Wales at Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival has taken over the Mall in downtown Washington DC and, once again, it doesn’t disappoint. The festival seeks to increase awareness of various cultures and traditions through exhibits, presentations, performance, demonstrations and, best of all, food. This year, Wales was the featured nation. Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle has a food tent set up with several menu items that are suitable for vegetarians…including a vegetarian Glamorgan sausage.

Wales Menu at Folklife Festival

According to a more detailed menu,

Glamorgan sausages, traditionally made as a way to make use of stale bread and leftover cheese, are now a staple of Welsh menus. After adding onion or leek, a little mustard, and a beaten egg for moisture, the mixture is molded into sausage shapes, dipped in breadcrumbs, and fried. Served with a pickle or chutney, Glamorgan sausages are enjoyed by vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

Vegetarian Sausage at Folklife Festival
Vegetarian Sausage at Folklife Festival

The Glamorgan sausage was quite good and served nice and hot. The crisp outside protected a soft core. Make no mistake, this was not made to mimic an actual sausage as it is quite bready. As an afternoon snack, it tasted quite good and I must now figure out how to make it. I must also find some of the Tomos Watkin’s beer. It paired perfectly with the meal.

The Folklife Festival is free of charge and runs until July 5, 2009.

Wales at Folklife Family

Guinness Bangers and Cheesy Onion Mash (a.k.a. Vegetarian Sausage and Potatoes)

April 08, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes, Side Dishes

I was inspired by a “Dinner: Impossible” episode on the Food Network to make this banger and mash recipe.  All I had to do was convert the original recipe by using vegetarian sausage.  I also took advantage of a bumper crop of parsley in my Aerogarden to throw some fresh herbs into my mash.

Preparation couldn’t have been easier, but cook time is a little long. But, you don’t have to monitor it that much. So, this was definitely a “sit on the stove and let simmer while folding the laundry” dinner. Served with a little light coleslaw, this meal was quite unique and satisfying. And, it would be easy to make large quantities of if serving a large crowd.

Guinness Bangers and Cheesy Onion Mash
(a.k.a. Vegetarian Sausage and Potatoes)

Serves 2
By: Megabeth
Inspired by Dinner: Impossible

Vegetarian Guinness Sausages
2 t olive oil
1 12 oz package vegetarian Italian-style sausage (4 sausages)
1 pint, 6 oz bottle of Guinness Extra Stout
1/2 white onion, diced

Cheesy Onion Mash
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 white onion, diced
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup asagio cheese, shredded (or use white cheddar)
1 1/2 T butter (I used Smart Balance instead)
2 T flat leaf parsley, minced
sea salt, to taste

In a saute pan, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Add vegetarian sausage and brown on all sides.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Add Guinness and onions and turn heat to low.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Cover and braise for 50 minutes.

vegetarian bangers and mash

In large pot, place potatoes and onions and pot and bring to boil.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Continue to boil until potatoes and onions soften. Drain and place in large bowl.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Add cheese, butter and heavy cream. With potato masher, mash potatoes until smooth.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Add parsley and stir to combine into potatoes. If you desire creamier potatoes, use a hand mixer after hand mashing.

vegetarian bangers and mash

Remove sausage from pan and serve with mashed potatoes. Feel free to use some of the sauce from the pan to drizzle over the potatoes and sausage.


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