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Belgian Mashed Potatoes with Winter Vegetables (Stoemp)
Stoemp (pronounced STOOMP) is a hearty Belgian dish of mashed potatoes mixed with finely cut winter vegetables. Our version includes leeks, carrots and cabbage, with a good dose of bay and garlic for fragrance and flavor. A tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar brightens the dish while adding a touch of sweetness, but white wine vinegar worked, too. Make sure to rinse the leeks well; their many layers trap dirt and sand. It's best to rinse them after slicing so you can get between the layers. For convenience, cook the vegetables, mash them and season with the vinegar and salt, then cool and refrigerate up to a day in advance. Reheat in a large pot over medium with ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth, covered and stirring occasionally, until warmed through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl, then follow the instructions to create a well and finish the dish with the butter and chives.
pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
cups low-sodium chicken broth
01In a large pot over high, stir together the potatoes, broth, half-and-half, leeks, bay, garlic, 4 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low, cover and cook, adjusting the heat as needed to maintain a rapid simmer, until a skewer inserted into the potatoes meets just a little resistance, 15 to 20 minutes.
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This is absolutely delicious and has become a favorite winter staple. So much more interesting than plain mashed potatoes but just as comforting. This year I was lucky enough to get 3 savoy cabbages from the farmer's market--they're not typically easy to find here--and I knew exactly what I was going to do with them! I've made this at least 5 times and it seems to taste even better each time. I top it with garlic chives since I have an abundance in the garden year round and I often add a touch of a citrus vinegar at serving time. Delicious. Thank you for this recipe!