Girl in der Küche – Swiss Cholera

I know guys how much you liked the Zopf recipe I posted before and I wanted to continue on the topic of Swiss cooking.

So here I am sharing with you my recipe for the Wallis Cholera – delicious savoury pie filled with potatoes and fruit and baked with cheese and bacon (or without). The legend has it, that the name of this dish comes from the disease, that broke out in Wallis back in the 19th century. People were forced to stay home, and as the trade was banned, they had to use their own produce – potatoes, apples, cheese and so on.

I already mentioned this dish on my Instagram,  as a perfect thing to bake during pandemic (right? :D) and I really wanted to try it. Cholera is easy to make and even easier to modify and you can always use ingredients you already have at home or even leftovers. Now since I partnered up with Lidl Schweiz for their ZERO FOODWASTE KITCHEN campaign to reduce the food waste in our households, it seems like a perfect moment to finally make it. I had an apple that wasn’t so firm anymore and potatoes leftover from the dinner we had a day before.

Since my version is a little bit improvised, as I used things I already had at home (except for the puff pastry, that I got at Lidl a day before), it is not an original Walliser recipe. I got inspired by my fellow expat blogger Andie Pilot from Helvetic Kitchen and you can find the recipe HERE.


  • 2 packages of puff pastry (from Lidl)
  • 700 g boiled potatoes, sliced
  • 400 g cheese, grated
  • one leak, cut in rings
  • two onions, sliced
  • 2 apples
  • 2 pears
  • tablespoon of butter
  • 1 egg
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg


  • roll out one package of dough on a baking paper in your pie form / cake tint (keep it cool until ready to make)
  • melt butter in a pan and fry onions and leek until soft
  • fill the pie with all ingredients in layers (photo below)
  • roll out second package of dough on top and seal the edges
  • whisk the egg and brush the top of the pie
  • bake in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes at 180°C
  • Voila! It’s ready!

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And a little bit about the ZERO FOODWASTE KITCHEN initiative:

Food consumption in Switzerland generates a total of 2.8 million tonnes of foodwaste per year.  At the end of the consumption chain alone, in Swiss households, around 90 kg of edible food per person per year is lost.

Lidl Switzerland consciously tackles the Foodwaste problem and wants to save food with its #zerofoodwastekitchen programme. From leftover food we can conjure up very easy, lightning-fast and super delicious dishes. You can find inspiration for this HERE.





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