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There's much more to Dutch food than raw herring and smashed potatoes. Here are the top 10 most popular Dutch foods, together with top Dutch recipes for you to try at home a different cuisine.

You don't often hear rave reviews about top Dutch foods – some even say Dutch food is bland and monotonous – but for those in the know Dutch cuisine is varied and delicious. There are also many regional specialities to discover, which means you'll can easily come up your own list of top Dutch foods the more you explore.

You can't go wrong in the country that invented the orange carrot to honour the royal House of Orange family and is world famous for its top Dutch cheeses; Gouda and Edam are just two, and the towns of the same name host spectacular cheese markets. In a recent Oxfam report , the Dutch diet also ranked as the world's healthiest with regards to having the most plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable food out of 125 countries, beating France (2) and Switzerland (3).

With a long colonial and multicultural history, there's plenty of diversity to be found in the top Dutch foods if you search them out. From piping hot street snacks, heartwarming stews, pies filled with spiced apples and an assortment of Indonesian influences, Dutch food is easy on the palate. Here are just 10 of the best Dutch foods you have to try.

Hachee is a traditional beef and onion stew found in virtually every Dutch home.  It’s a delicious comfort dish to enjoy during the cold winter months.  The long, slow cooking time produce super tender meat and a rich sauce with wonderful depth of flavor.  Here is an authentic recipe that you’re whole family will enjoy.

The flavor profile of Hachee is significantly different from the traditional beef stews we know here in the U.S.. Hachee uses equal parts of beef and onion and the onions are caramelized.  The featured flavors in this stew are cloves, juniper berries, black peppercorns, bay leaves and vinegar all of which come together to provide a wonderful depth of flavor that is both rich and comforting.  The flavor of Hachee shares similarities with German Sauerbraten.

Cube the beef and pat it dry with a paper towel this will ensure that it browns well.  Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.