“Patat met” mayonnaise from Amsterdam.

I’ve been in Amsterdam this past week, had a face to face with Rembrandt’s magnificent “Nightwatch” and marvelled in Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”. My feet held up their side of the bargain; marching over canals, lingering beside antique stores, storming past innumerbable fast food chains, shuffling past hordes of people, trotting hastily over tram lines, scampering out of the way of rattling bicycles, stopping at a bench for a quick sketch and plodding often into a coffee shop for some welcome repose.

…Montlouis version of “patat met mayonnaise”…

 

Back here in Montlouis sur Loire, our September days are beautiful …blue skies, warm autumn sun and playful shadows…which allow for some playful eating. Like some “patat met“…mayonnaise. Served at the snack bars all over Amsterdam. The most popular sauce is mayonnaise, but you can also have your fries as patatje oorlog, literally  meaning “war fries”, which comes with mayonnaise, ketchup, peanut sauce and onions. I chose to stick to mayonnaise…

For a little fun snacking here at home, I made these “patat met”…, and tried to make them a little healthier by baking them in the oven, serving with a little salad on the side and with some good mayonnaise.

Patat met” mayonnaise.

  1. Het the oven to 210 degrees C.
  2. Peel some big potatoes and dry thoroughly…11/2 -2 potatoes per person is plenty!
  3. Cut the potatoes into fingers/chips, keeping them close to the same size.
  4. Dry the chips thoroughly and spread in a single layer onto a baking sheet, covered with baking paper.
  5. Drizzle with melted coconut oil, or olive oil and gently turn the chips with your fingers to give them all a coating of oil. Sprinkle with some fresh thyme and bake the chips for 15 minutes, turning over when nicely carmelized. Test one and bake for a further 10 minutes if still hard on the bite.
  6. For a nice colour, caramelize the chips for a few seconds under the grill.
  7. Serve immediately in a cone made from brown paper, or plain white paper, lining the inside with baking paper.
  8. Finish off with a sprinkling of fleur de sel, a turn of the pepper mill, a dollop of maynnaise, thyme and a pinch of paprika for colour.
  9. Serve with an ice cold beer, or enjoy a cold coke..tomorrow we’ll go back to water!
  10. Variation: I prefer enjoying a little green salad, drizzled with a white balsamic vinegar, alongside for some freshness…

*click on each image for a larger view.

…catch up on the latest…

 …toppling over…

…pedal with flair…

 

‘tulips” from Amsterdam…

…well deserved rest…

…sneezing at the flowermarket…

…up and down canals…

…going home…

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9 responses

  1. Did you eat them in the street there , they are deepfried and delicious.
    Here in belgium it is national dish.
    Every city and village wil have a friet shop were they seel it.
    Looks like you had a wonderful time there in Amsterdam

    29/09/2008 at 10:07

  2. I love Amsterdam, for all those things that you mention. And chips/Fries? one of my favourite dishes, but dont tell anyone…..

    29/09/2008 at 15:44

  3. Beatiful pictures! Good to have you back.

    30/09/2008 at 07:23

  4. It looks like a great place to visit! I love the recipe.

    30/09/2008 at 09:09

  5. Chips with mayonnaise! That does sound wicked. ‘Wicked’ in the London in the 80s sense, meaning wonderful.

    Congratulations on your Taste award, Ronell – hardly surprising considering the quality of your photography, writing and winning ways with food. Wicked!

    30/09/2008 at 09:45

  6. welcome back ronell! i missed all your wonderful posts :-)

    i’ve always wanted to visit amsterdam, thanks for sharing your amazing vacation with us :-)

    30/09/2008 at 13:53

  7. Although I read, I have fallen silent with comments. Please forgive me, but I had to tell you how fantastic these pictures are! Bravo!

    01/10/2008 at 18:26

  8. Visiting your site at the moment is like watching the travel channel…….I am green with envy!!!!

    Here, as you know, everyone has their chips with All Gold, but I still like the mayonnaise idea..it must be my Dutch roots.

    08/10/2008 at 04:40

  9. I have always liked my chips with mayonnaise – I was thrilled to find out that this was considered an actual dish in some countries, not just my weird aberration ;-) Love the “patatjes oorlog” too – such a cute name!

    Great pics! I hated Amsterdam when I went in 1989, but fell in love when I went in 2000 which just goes to show that you sometimes need to visit places more than once to “get” them. And I do love the sound of English being spoken with a Dutch accent – tres sexy!

    27/10/2008 at 13:55

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