World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in World Cuisine Wednesdays | on April 27th, 2011

Switzerland’s French-speaking area, Romandy, is home to the Canton of Vaud.  This picturesque region boasts charming towns, beautiful scenery and a wonderful climate.  Vaud’s atmosphere is also quite serene, which is perhaps why many celebrities have made their home there.  Presently, stars such as David Bowie and Phil Collins have residences in Vaud.  In days past, Ernest Hemingway, Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin owned homes in the area.

The Canton of Vaud is Switzerland’s second largest wine producer.  The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, located along the shores of Lake Geneva, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.  These vine terraces can be traced back as far as the 11th century, when the area was controlled by the Cistercian and Benedictine monasteries.

This tranquil area of Switzerland is a perfect vacation destination for those who are looking to just relax and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings.  Find a cheap flight to Switzerland and explore the area for yourself.  For now, let’s try a traditional dish of the region, Papet Vaudois.


Papet Vaudois

  • 3 leeks, cut into to inch long strips, including green parts
  • 6 large peeled potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 whole sausage
  • ¬Ω tsp salt
  • ¬Ω tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 c dry white wine
  • 1 c beef stock
  • ¬æ c whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp butter

Sauté onion with butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add leeks and potatoes then season all with pepper, salt and nutmeg.

Pour in beef stock and wine, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

Boil the sausage in just enough water for about 15 minutes.

Pour the leek-potato mixture into an oven safe dish and add heavy cream and sausage.  Bake at 400° for 30 minutes, until it’s bubbly and the sides begin to brown.

Have you traveled to Switzerland? If so, what was your favorite dish?



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