Spanish and Dutch snack suggestions?
July 9, 2010 12:26 PM   Subscribe

My friends and I are having a World Cup viewing party for the final on Sunday, and we're looking for suggestions for Spanish and Dutch food to cook and then enjoy during the game.

Snack-type foods would be best since we're watching in the US and the game will be on around 2:30pm. Any suggestions for simple Spanish or Dutch recipes? Thank you!
posted by elsewhen to Food & Drink (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Dutch cheeses and apple tarts. And Dutch beer, of course!
posted by jgirl at 12:28 PM on July 9, 2010

posted by Confess, Fletch at 12:32 PM on July 9, 2010

Best answer: When you are watching the Dutch team play (Nederlands elftal) you eat an Oranje (orange)tompoes. Here a recipe for tompoezen: tompouce
posted by Mrs Mutant at 12:41 PM on July 9, 2010

If you've got a fryer, and can get some bitterballen that would be awesome. I've seen them in some places in the US but they're not commonly available.
posted by atrazine at 12:44 PM on July 9, 2010

Since you're in the United States and its unlikely you'll be able to find real Dutch food (Cheese and Beet aside, of course) why not try Kroket?

Mrs Mutant is Dutch, and assures me that fish sticks could substitute for kroketten in a pinch, but this would help with your desire for finger food.

Of course these are best if you can get them from Febo but that might have to wait until you're next in Amsterdam.

Eet Smakelijk !
posted by Mutant at 12:48 PM on July 9, 2010

Oh yeh think ORANGE! That bloody octopus can't be right all the time!!
posted by Mutant at 12:49 PM on July 9, 2010

Best answer: For Spain:




For dessert: Crema Catalana
posted by essexjan at 12:51 PM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

Mutant, Mani the psychic parakeet disagrees with Paul.
posted by essexjan at 12:53 PM on July 9, 2010

Yep the octopus is yesterdays news. All now follow Mani the Parakeet.
posted by Mrs Mutant at 12:56 PM on July 9, 2010

2nding Stamppot -- good stuff!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 1:09 PM on July 9, 2010

Stamppot is really Dutch and great in winter but not really a party dish.
posted by Mrs Mutant at 1:26 PM on July 9, 2010

How about some Indonesian food? Holland has some of the best outside of Indonesia.

Consider a small rijsttafel ("rice table") with a focus on offerings such as lumpia (spring rolls), perkedel (meat and potato patties), daging semur (stir-fried beef), lemper (sticky rice rolls with chicken), etc.
posted by ericb at 1:27 PM on July 9, 2010

Best answer: Don't forget great Dutch cheeses: Gouda, Edam, and Leyden.

Serve Heineken and Grolsch beer.

Also, french fries (“Patatje Met” or “Frietje Met”) served in paper cones with a variety of condiments (especially mayonnaise, peanut sauce and ketchup) available. Damn, those tiny fry take-outs in Amsterdam serve the best french fries in the world, especailly after a night of drinking!
posted by ericb at 1:37 PM on July 9, 2010

Oh, mustn't forget Amstel beer!
posted by ericb at 1:38 PM on July 9, 2010

oh good lord - a frittata is Italian, a tortilla is spanish.

dueling croquettes would be my vote!!!
posted by JPD at 1:49 PM on July 9, 2010

Poffertjes! (You need a special pan though).
posted by dolface at 2:15 PM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

Get yourself some bitterballen by hook or by crook - there is no finer party food than that my friend.
posted by tsh at 2:17 PM on July 9, 2010

Best answer: On the Spanish side (Ole! La Furia Rosa!) since the Dutch have been overrepresented so far:
Churros: a fried pastry dipped in hot chocolate
Tortilla Espanol: an omelette cooked with sliced potato in it and then served on baguettes (sliced lengthwise to make a sandwich).
posted by Quizicalcoatl at 2:20 PM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I see some great suggestions for Dutch food above. I think some typical Dutch food will be hard to get hold of outside the Netherlands. I have just finished my shopping list for the weekend (I'm in Amsterdam), here's what we will get to eat during the match.
Beer, and lots of it. Heineken, Amstel and Grolsch will always fine, but if you can get hold of Bavaria, even better. There's really no need for other drinks. I don't know if you're into a thuistap (I'm not) but it's extremely popular here.
Your typical hors d'oeuvres to eat while watching tv are 1 inch cubes of gouda cheese (lightly matured) serve them with a cocktailprikker and if you want to get all sophisticated add a slice of a pickled gherkin. There are your slices of gelderse gekookte worst, a rather bland kind of baloney. Then there's also the leverworst (liverwurst) and, because I 'm in Amsterdam ossenworst. Everything can be dunked in a bowl of a sharp mustard of your choice.
Of course, deep frying will take place. Not kroketten, but bitterballen, basically 1/3 of a kroket and much easier to pop down will drinking a beer (just don't forget to let them cool a little).
Start drinking at least an hour before the game, just to make sure you're all worked up when the game starts. In my neigborhood it is not being considered bad manners if you play songs by Andre Hazes at top volume. Andre Hazes? Yes, Andre Hazes! Especially this Andre Hazes, which has become the unofficial anthem in soccer stadiums while the Dutch team plays. If we win, we will head out to the Museumplein afterwards where it will be an absolute fucking mayhem. This what it was like during the semi's. The song you hear is another current soccer favorite "Viva Hollandia". Remember: play this loud and just make sure you drink just a bit too much. No matter how the match will turn out, it's going to be great.

PS. Tompoezen are wonderful, but tompoezen and beer? Please don't even think of trying that.
PPS just got an sms from my friend who will watch the game with us "I'll bring the Octopus
PPPS Try to think of Spain as Germany, it will be an even better experience.
posted by ouke at 2:43 PM on July 9, 2010 [2 favorites]

Sangria, horchata, clara (beer and lemony soda--probably your best TV watchin' bet)
little whole fried fish if you can manage it (very popular tapas), marinated anchovies, shellfish or octopus, oranges, tortilla (like frittata with potatoes and chorizo, usually spicy), potatoes bravas with that kind of ketchup-y stuff, manchego and sausage or ham (sadly probably won't be Iberian but), almonds or a cookie or cake made with almond meal, something with saffron in it (the Moors brought it to the rice dishes ie paella, yummm)
posted by ifjuly at 2:48 PM on July 9, 2010

oooh yeah--bunuelos or churros. yummm.
posted by ifjuly at 2:48 PM on July 9, 2010

Oops, I screwed up an essential link here. Viva Hollandia by Wolter Kroes. Red neck Eurotrash at it's best.
posted by ouke at 2:57 PM on July 9, 2010

Chocolate sprinkles
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:16 AM on July 10, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks all! We're going with bitterballen, Grolsch, gouda, and edam on the Dutch side and gambas a la plancha, spanish rice, and Spanish empanadas on the Spanish side.
posted by elsewhen at 2:45 PM on July 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

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