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Cholera on a plate

In the Valais region of Switzerland, a cholera is a type of savoury dish involving potatoes, vegetables and fruits baked with cheese in a pastry similar to a tart.

The unusual name is linked to the history of the dish. During an epidemic of the disease cholera in 1836, people in the region improvised a dish involving pastry and whatever food they had at hand, as normal trade was disrupted. After the epidemic subsided, chefs returned to the concept of putting regional ingredients in a savoury tart, and the "cholera" dish has lasted since.[1]

Originally, the local ingredients for such a dish were apples, pears, potatoes, onions, leeks, raclette cheese (usually Gomser) and bacon. The dish is not well known in Switzerland today.[2]


  1. ^ Dean, Rupali (15 October 2009). "Le Brassus: Home to Culinary delights & exclusive watches". The Economic Times (India). Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  2. ^ Wright, Clifford (2012-01-13). Hot & Cheesy. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley. ISBN 978-0470615355.

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