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Belgian Hutsepot

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It would seem every Belgian family has a different way of making their Hutsepot. The debate centers on whether or not to add carrots, turnips, or a bay leaf. And, there is always lively discussion of whether to mash the vegetables or not. This is the way my Grandmother, Mother and Aunt have always made our family's hutsepot. And there is nothing like it on a cold winter's day. It's even better the next day reheated and spread thick on a buttered slice of French bread.
  Country style pork ribs 3 Pound
  Flour 4 Tablespoon
  Peeled potatoes 8 Medium, cut up in large chunks
  Savoy cabbage head 1 , quartered
  Turnips 2 Large, cut up in large chunks
  Instant coffee 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Butter 1 Tablespoon (For Browning)
  Dijon style mustard 1 Tablespoon (Adjust Quantity As Needed)

Dredge the pork ribs in the flour. In a large soup pot, melt the butter, add the pork ribs and brown evenly on all sides. Remove ribs from pot, set aside. Add cabbage to pot, brown the cabbage, separating the leaves as they cook. Add the potato chunks, add the turnip chunks. Continue to stir the vegetables until all are browned. Then, return the pork ribs to the pot. Cover all with water. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to a brisk simmer. When all vegetables are fork tender, remove ribs. Use a ladle to skim off most of the broth, reserve. Mash the vegetables with a potato masher until the consistency of mashed potatoes. If needed, add some of the broth, a little at a time. To get a nice color, add the instant coffee a pinch at a time (optional). Ladle the hutsepot on serving plates. Serve the pork ribs on the side with the mustard. Enjoy

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Cabbage, Pork, Potato, Turnip
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
140 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 618 Calories from Fat 138

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 16 g24%

Saturated Fat 5.9 g29.7%

Trans Fat 0.1 g

Cholesterol 173.2 mg57.7%

Sodium 304.5 mg12.7%

Total Carbohydrates 64 g21.5%

Dietary Fiber 11.6 g46.4%

Sugars 7.9 g

Protein 57 g113.4%

Vitamin A 34.7% Vitamin C 183.2%

Calcium 15.4% Iron 28.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Belgian Hutsepot Recipe