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Antillean (ham) bitterballen

door Linda Terrizzi

The Antillean kitchen is famous for its snacks and snacks. This is another classic: Antillean bitterballen! These should of course not be missing at a real Antillean party. In contrast to the Dutch bitterballen, the Antillean version is made with ham, vegetables and they are nicely spiced. The end result is therefore slightly firmer (and bigger!) than the balls you find in the snack bar.

Ingredients of the bitterballen

In addition to ham and various vegetables, these Antillean bitterballen get their taste from the herbs. Paprika is really a 'must'! When the batter of the bitterballen is ready, it is best to put it in the freezer for a few hours. This makes the batter extra firm and it is easy to roll afterwards.

Then the balls can be rolled in the flour, egg and breadcrumbs to get their beautiful, golden layer. There are many variations of these bitterballen. You can actually make a small (bitterbal) version of any type of Antillean croquette.

Antillean bitterballen recipe

This recipe can be found in the first chapter of our cookbook 'The complete Antillean kitchen'. By the way, did you know that our book contains no less than 300 (!) recipes from the kitchen of Aruba, Bonaire en Curaçao?

It is the result of 7 years of research and we now finally dare to say that we have really “captured” Antillean cuisine in its entirety. Click on the image below to learn more about the book:

the complete antillean kitchen cookbook jurino ignacio

Which recipes are online?

Do you regret that the recipe for the Antillean bitterballen is only in our book and do you already want to get started with a tasty, Antillean snack? These recipes are on the site & can therefore be made immediately:

Antillean bitterballen from David

A while ago we received this beautiful collage from reader David. He was busy making our bitterballen. In the photos you can see how the Antillean bitterballen should look like during making:

Antillean bitterballen bitterbal recipe Curaçao jurino


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