‘Oldest printed recipe in the world’ analyzed by Foodpairing®

Robert Kranenborg, a famous former 2 Michelin star chef, asked Foodpairing® to analyze the oldest printed recipe in the world. The ‘Keulschen Huspot’ – dating from 1593 – was found in a cooking book (actually it was more like a medical encyclopedia) written by one ‘Carolus Battus’.

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The ‘Keulschen Huspot’ Recipe reveiled


The ‘Keulschen huspot’, a type of meat stew with lots of herbs and spices is prepared like this:



  • 500 g beef, cut into cubes of 3 x 3 cm, ± 40 g per piece of meat
  • 100 g onion
  • 40 g butter
  • 8 g flour
  • 9 g dill
  • 70 g ginger, cut into chunks
  • 0.1 g of nutmeg powder
  • 1.1 g of crushed white pepper
  • 5 dl veal fonds

Cut the onion into brunoise.  Heat the butter in a pot and add the onion. Fry the onions and remove from the pot when the onion are glazed. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Put some extra butter in the pot and add the meat cubes. When the meat cubes are colored, add again the fried onion, some flour and stir. Add the veal fonds and the dill, the ginger, the crushed peppercorns and the nutmeg powder. Maybe you will be surprised by the quantity of the spices, but you need this amount. Put the lid on the pot and bring to the boil. Cook in a preheated oven at 150°C.

Use Foodpairing® to give the ‘Keulschen Huspot’ a modern twist

Foodpairing® analyzed the recipe on its aroma’s and reveals what extra ingredients could be combined with the stew. This give the opportunity to add extra ingredients and give the old recipe a new touch. These where the results of the analysis:

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‘De Wereld Draait Door’ Dutch Television Show

Watch Robert Kranenborg talking on the cow and the consumption of cow meat in ‘De wereld draait door’. Also the Foodpairing® analysis of the ‘Keulschen Huspot’ will be presented.

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