Oily Balls


The first time I came to The Netherlands was in December 2001 to celebrate New Year’s eve with my Dutch friend. I ate homemade oliebollen, a traditional New Year’s Eve treat, and it rocked my world.

Literally translated as “oily balls,” it’s basically just fried dough, sometimes with raisins inside, and served with powdered sugar. They can also have apple pieces inside (even better), and then they are called appelbol.

It’s not just limited to the festive season. There is often a stall in the main square that sells them year-round. I think I’m craving one now…


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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4 Responses to Oily Balls

  1. Tibo says:

    Oh yes they are soooo good 🙂
    You can find them in Lille (Lacquemant, rue de Béthune), under the name “Croustillons hollandais”, in case you feel the urge to eat some while staying in Cysoing 😉

    • My neighbor Sharon and her mom are dutch and the have offered me many good baked goods from a dutch bakery here in Colorado Springs. Yesterday they offered me an oliebollen and it was delicious. I ate it for breakfast. At another time, they brought me raisin rolls..Everything is delicious. Even cookies with almond paste.

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