A staple in Indian home cooking
I am definitely not exaggerating when I say this Galette Saucisse is one of the best breakfast sandwiches I have ever eaten. And that’s exactly how it earned a spot as the latest feature in my series, “5 People, 5 Breakfasts, 5 Countries.” The Galette Saucisse is a French dish that’s part street food, part breakfast, and fully delicious. Savory pork sausage is wrapped in a nutty, flavorful buckwheat crepe that’s then dipped in sweet molasses – what more could you ask for?
Although the Galette Saucisse originated in Brittany, this recipe comes from Louis, who currently resides in St. Catharines, Ontario. Louis makes Galette Saucisse today as a comforting reminder of his childhood in Quebec, where this sausage dish has been extremely popular for centuries. Like so many French foods, the Galette Saucisse spread through Canada thanks to the influence of French colonists and customs.
The buckwheat crepe base of the Galette Saucisse is the perfect example. Buckwheat or “black wheat” flour was introduced to Brittany around the 15th century and quickly became a staple part of the cuisine in the famous Breton Galette and a new type of bread for the poor families in Brittany. The pork sausage filling just happens to be a speciality of the Rennes region, which is in the northeast part of Brittany. And so, the two ingredients became a fantastic culinary and cultural match. Today, Brittany sports fans whip up a pile of Galette Saucisse for street fairs and sporting events, especially at the Rennes stadium during football games. Here the breakfast sandwiches are almost treated like hot dogs, with some strong opinions on if toppings should be allowed and if the Galette should be eaten hot or cold.
But even though the Galette Saucisse is a great representation of Brittany, for Louis it’s still quintessentially Quebec. And he knows exactly how he likes to eat his. From his home in Ontario, Louis enjoys cooking Galette Saucisse for his partner. It’s a naturally gluten-free dish that isn’t free of flavor. Although it’s a bit of a labor of love, the results are absolutely worth it. A striking balance of sweet and savory, the Galette Saucisse is a welcome part of any breakfast.
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