Recipe for "Zuurvlees"

Zuurvlees is a local Limburg farmers dish and one of the many variations of a stew.

Below you will find the recipe for this dish.

In the video André also adds a bit of chocolate and cheese, but every person living in Limburg has it's own variation.

Typically it would have been eaten with boiled potatoes and some cabbage, but french fries, a side salad and some applesauce will do as well.


If you have an international food corner or specialty shop in your neighborhood, ask for Dutch "Ontbijtkoek" (Gingerbread, Honey cake) and "Appelstroop" (Apple treacle). The remainder of the Ontbijtkoek you can eat at breakfast or in the afternoon with a cup of tea. Just add a little butter on top. The Appelstroop is nice on a sandwich.

Cut the meat in dice size chunks.

Put the meat in a big bowl, add the chopped onions, bay leaves, cloves, vinegar and water. Be sure all meat is immersed. Cover and put in the fridge for two days.

Remove the meat from the bowl and wipe off the excessive water.

Recover the onions, bay leaves and cloves. Keep the marinade for later.

Add some salt and pepper to the meat.

In the mean time heat the butter in a frying pan.

Add the meat and fry for about 10 minutes, stir occasionally.

Add the onions and fry for another 5 minutes.

Next add the marinade until the meat is fully covered.

Add the bay leaves, cloves, apple treacle, sugar and finely chopped


Bring to boiling point again and leave to simmer for 2.5 - 3 hours.

At the end, add some cornstarch to give it a slightly thicker consistency.

Add some additional salt, pepper or sugar to taste.


On a number of occasions, André Rieu and the JSO have appeared in the (German) TV shows of Carmen Nebel. Time for a visit of Carmen to Maastricht!

On August 15th, 2009 the German TV station ZDF showed the program "Wilkommen by Carmen Nebel". She and DJ Ötzi visited André in his hometown of Maastricht. André shows Carmen the city in a carriage. They eat herring the Dutch way, visit the town hall, the studios and last but not least: will she like the traditional Maastricht dish "Zuurvlees"?

The original two hour program included a lot of musical intermezzos from different artists who performed in the 2008/2009 season of the Carmen Nebel show. The majority of them have been taken out. The remaining 1 hour 15 minutes we split into two video's.

Many thanks to John for verifying/correcting the translation.

This is the largest translation job we did so far. It took us around 23 hours over a period of 3 days and also several hours of John's time.

Wilkommen by Carmen Nebel

Carmen nebel part 1: Running time: 38 Minutes

Carmen Nebel 2: Running time: 36 Minutes