Have you ever tried Papet Vaudois, a traditional dish from the Swiss canton of Vaud? On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of GastroVaud, you will have several opportunities to sample this dish either for free in 10 Vaudois cities or at one of the 45 participating restaurants during the Journée du Papet.
What is Papet Vaudois?
Papet Vaudois is made with Saucisse aux choux (cabbage sausage), and you serve it on a bed of leeks and potatoes cooked with a little cream and some local white wine. Always seasoned with salt and pepper, this sausage may contain other flavor enhancements, such as garlic, coriander, nutmeg, mace, cloves and anise. Papet is an old term from the local French-speaking dialect that refers to a thick porridge or soup.
I have made Papet Vaudois several times at home and always during the wintertime, using an easy recipe from Betty Bossi. The potatoes and leeks take on the flavor of the sausage during the cooking process, resulting in a very hearty and filling dish.
According to Swiss legend, Saucisse aux choux dates back to 879 when a German emperor visited Vaud. Without enough meat to serve their distinguished guest, the locals added some cabbage to the sausage. Although, Patrimoine Culinaire Suisse indicates that this sausage probably did not become widespread until the 19th century. Today, Saucisse aux choux is still popular in Switzerland, earning a protected status—Indication géographique protégée (IGP)—in 2004.
Papet Vaudois has also been recognized as a Tradition vivante (living tradition) by the canton of Vaud.
How can you participate in the Journée du Papet?
Given the long history of this regional dish, it’s not surprising that the association of restaurants and hotels for the canton of Vaud, GastroVaud, selected it to help commemorate its 125th anniversary.
Here’s a list of the 10 cities where you can find a free sample on Papet Vaudois between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24:
- AIGLE, rue Farel, with the participation of Badoux Vins
- CHÂTEAU-D’OEX, Grand Rue, with an orchestra
- ECHALLENS, place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville
- LAUSANNE, place St-François and place de l’Europe, with participation of Vins de Lausanne and Henniez
- MORGES, place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, angle Grand-Rue
- NYON, place St-Martin
- ORON, at the entrance of centre Arc-en-ciel
- PAYERNE, place Général Guisan, in front of the Coop center
- VEVEY, in front of the Centre commercial St-Antoine
- YVERDON-LES-BAINS, promenade Auguste Fallet, in the marketplace
That same day, 45 restaurants within the canton of Vaud will be serving up Papet Vaudois as their plat du jour.
Journée du Papet is being organized with support from the Fédération Vaudoise des Producteurs de Légumes and the Charcuterie Vaudoise IGP. For more information about this event and GastroVaud, you can visit gastrovaud.ch.