A Dutch Fricandelle. Recipe

The Dutch Fricandelle is a classic Dutch dish that is enjoyed by many. This dish consists of fish mixed with anchovies, breadcrumbs, eggs, and seasonings, formed into a loaf, baked, and served with either a dry topping of breadcrumbs or with a delectable anchovy sauce. This recipe has a rich history and is a beloved part of Dutch cuisine.

Fun fact: The word "fricandelle" is derived from the French word "fricandeau," which refers to a type of poultry or veal dish. In Dutch cuisine, the fricandelle has evolved to become a fish-based loaf, as fish was more readily available in the Netherlands. It has since become a popular street food in the country.

Now, let's dive into the recipe and learn how to make a delicious Dutch Fricandelle!

- 2 pounds of dressed fish (such as cod or haddock)
- 2-3 anchovies
- 1 French roll
- Milk for soaking the roll
- 3 eggs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Butter for greasing the mold
- Raspings (breadcrumbs) for sprinkling
- Anchovy sauce (optional)
- Finely grated breadcrumbs for topping (optional)


1. Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. Take the dressed fish and remove the skin and bones. Cut the fish into small pieces.
3. Finely chop the anchovies and add them to the fish.
4. In a separate bowl, soak the crumb of the French roll in milk for a few minutes until it softens.
5. Once softened, drain the milk from the roll and add it to the fish mixture.
6. Add the eggs into the bowl with the fish mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
8. Butter a mould or loaf pan generously to prevent sticking.
9. Sprinkle a layer of raspings (breadcrumbs) over the buttered mould. Make sure the bread crumbs cover all sides of the mold.
10. Pour the fish mixture into the greased and breadcrumb-coated mould, making sure it is evenly distributed.
11. Place the mould into the preheated oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes or until the fricandelle is cooked through and golden brown on the top.
12. Once cooked, remove the fricandelle from the oven and let it cool slightly.
13. Carefully turn the mould upside down onto a serving platter to release the fricandelle.
14. At this stage, you can choose to serve the fricandelle dry or with anchovy sauce.
15. If serving dry, sprinkle finely grated breadcrumbs over the fricandelle and place it under the broiler for a few minutes to brown.
16. Alternatively, if serving with anchovy sauce, prepare the sauce separately and serve it alongside the fricandelle.
17. Slice the fricandelle and serve it hot as a main dish or as a delicious appetizer.

Fun fact: Fricandelles are often enjoyed alongside fries or in a soft bun as a popular Dutch fast food snack. It is commonly topped with mayonnaise, ketchup, and chopped onions.

Similar recipe dishes you may enjoy:

1. Dutch Fish Cakes: These are made with a similar mixture of fish, breadcrumbs, eggs, and seasonings formed into patties and pan-fried until golden brown. They are often served with a squeeze of lemon and tartar sauce.

2. Dutch Herring Salad: This refreshing salad features pickled herring, sliced onions, apples, and pickles. It is dressed with a tangy vinaigrette and served on a bed of lettuce. It is a perfect dish for seafood lovers.

3. Dutch Fish Soup: This hearty soup consists of a flavorful broth made with fish stock, vegetables, and various types of fish and shellfish. It is often served with crusty bread and is a comforting meal option.

There you have it, a delightful recipe for a Dutch Fricandelle! Enjoy this traditional Dutch dish with its unique flavors and rich history.



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