Papet Vaudois served with wine

Papet Vaudois (French: Papet vaudois or simply Papet, "Vaud papet") is a dish originating in the Swiss canton of Vaud. It essentially consists of leeks and potatoes and is accompanied by sausages. It is often considered to be the national dish of Vaud; the potatoes and leeks happen to have the same colors as the cantonal flag: white and green.

Close-up view of the dish

Papet Vaudois is prepared by boiling potatoes and leeks together, often with cream and white wine. Although typically well cooked until the ingredients achieve a melt-in-the-mouth consistency, leeks and potatoes retain their shapes are not mashed together. Sausages are also cooked together with the potatoes and leeks. Saucisse aux choux [fr] (cabbage sausage) or other smoked pork sausages from the canton are typically used. These are cooking sausages that are not meant to be eaten raw.[1]

The French term papet is derived from papette, which means "porridge".[2] It is unknown when the dish was prepared for the first time. It is often served on independence day (which took place on January 24, 1798), but it is probably more recent.[2] Pork meat was relatively expensive until the 19th century, cabbage sausage could therefore not be very widespread.[3] Leeks were also not widely consumed, having a bad reputation.[2]

Papet Vaudois is included in the list of cultural property of the canton as an intangible cultural property.[4] Since 2009, the Vaud butchers' association has organized the Journée du Papet vaudois on the 1st Friday of October.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Papet (cuisine suisse)" (in French). Gastronomiac. Retrieved 19 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Michel Beuret (January 24, 2013). "Les origines mystérieuses du papet vaudois" [The mysterious origins of Papet Vaudois] (in French). University of Lausanne. Retrieved 19 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Papet vaudois" (in French). Canton of Vaud. Retrieved 19 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Le papet vaudois et les saucissons vaudois". Betty Bossi. Retrieved 19 February 2023. Ce plat convivial et chaleureux fait partie des 70 traditions vaudoises vivantes qui constituent le patrimoine immatériel du canton de Vaud. Le terme papet est un vieux mot du dialecte romand qui désigne une bouillie ou une soupe épaisse. [This friendly and hearty dish is one of the 70 living traditions that make up the intangible heritage of the canton of Vaud. The term papet is an old word from the Romand dialect which designates a porridge or a thick soup.]
  5. ^ Collet, Cécile (18 January 2023). "Dites papet!". 24 heures. Retrieved 19 February 2023. Une assiette du fameux plat vert et blanc sera offerte aux passants, en collaboration avec l'Association charcuterie vaudoise IGP et la Fédération vaudoise des producteurs de légumes. [A plate of the famous green and white dish will be offered to passers-by, in collaboration with the Vaud Charcuterie Association IGP and the Vaud Federation of Vegetable Producers.]