Belgium was a total winner on our culinary world tour. We started with an endive, apple and walnut salad with a mustard shallot vinaigrette. Eva’s thoughts…AMAZING! Main course was supposed to be a veal cutlet in a beer and carmelized mushroom sauce but we used turkey instead. The greatest discovery though was Stoemp which looks to be one of the most well known classic Belgian home cooking dishes. Basically it is their version of mashed potatoes…but roughly mashed…and with other vegetables mixed in as some type of sauteed leeks or onions. It was FABULOUS. Highly recommend this. Brussel sprouts were also on the menu as was a “Dame Blanche” with home made almond praline. Yum. Recipes to come as many of the recipes were not that clear so I will type something up. Salade: https://www.marmiton.org/…/recette_salade-d-endives-aux… escalopes a la rodenbach: https://www.labonnecuisine.be/escalope Stoemp aux legumes: https://www.marmiton.org/…/recette_stoemp-ou-puree… ( used 300 g of leeks finely sliced instead of onion and put celery, parsley and a bay leaf in the water to boil the carrots and potatoes. Mashed in 2 cooked brussel sprouts too as that is a popular addition and I had them handy. Also used the water the veggies were boiled in rather than milk as more traditional recipes recommend.)
I also made special waffles from Liege in Belgium…the dense bready carmelized kind you find at fairs in Europe. Very tasty. Took a while to make and the waffle iron is going to be a nightmare to clean. Gaufres de Liege: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9haHg3Aw45E
I think I love Belgium too! You take such beautiful pictures Alisa.
Definitely try the Stoemp, that was a winner.