Hutspot is a dish of boiled and mashed potatoes, carrots and onions with a long history in traditional Dutch cuisine.
According to a legend, the recipe came from the cooked bits of potato left behind by hastily departing Spanish soldiers during their Siege of Leiden in the Eighty Year's War. Every October 3, in Leiden, the defeat of the Spanish aggressor is celebrated; this is when traditionally lots of "Hutspot met klapstuk/stooflap" (Hotchpotch with chuck roast/beef shoulder chops) is consumed.
More a hearty meal than a side dish, Hutspot is very popular during the long Dutch winter.
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