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Imigrantes Recipes: jrugles

The jrugles are a delicacy of Swiss origin that is still achieved in the Santafesino interior. I learned to do them!

There is a small town in Santafesino called Villa San José. Located in the Castellanos Department, it is located on Provincial Route 13, 24 kilometers southwest of Rafaela . It is home to the commune of Saguier, which also includes the town of Estación Saguier.  No more than 500 people live there today.  However, there is a weekend of the year when its population doubles, thanks to its particular feast: the provincial de la Valesana.

It turns out that the first settlers who came to these lands from abroad did so between 1881 and 1883 and were of Swiss origin.   More precisely from the legendary Canton of Valais. It would be something like the “province” or the “region” of the Valais. Beautiful area of Switzerland from which thousands of immigrants came to populate our first colonies.

So, this holiday remembers that gesture. And he emphasizes the role of  “la valesana”, that woman who worked all day in the formation of these new peoples . Among his work, there are some marked by fire in today's idiosyncrasy. One of them is the making of these jrugles. Species of cake fried but with a special taste, only known for the Valesan blood still present in these payments.

At the multitudinous festival, the entire community pays homage to the Valesan woman, pioneer and companion of the first settlers who arrived and gave birth to the town of Swiss — German tradition.  It's the feast of real roots.  It is the culture they have left beyond work, music, joy, singing.  The event is organized jointly between the United Youth Club, the Primary Secondary School, the Parish Economic Affairs Council and is sponsored by the Commune of Villa San José.

 Colonization: part of the Santafesino being 

The founding of agricultural colonies was a central part of the process of settlement and appropriation of the territory started in the mid-nineteenth century in Argentina. The colonies came to solve two important concerns raised after Caseros : the eradication of the “desert” and the establishment of European immigrants. Although colonization was subsequently distorted and lost weight as a form of appropriation of the territory, it is fair to say that  the agricultural colonies founded from 1856 onwards meant the settlement and exploitation of vast extensions , especially in the province of Santa Fe.

This is the historical context that today presents a recipe for immigrants. The Swiss jrugles.   Some call them Swiss fried cakes. while laughing in a similar preparation, the ingredients vary . This is a recipe from Villa San José's grandmothers, of those who pass from generation to generation. it was time to share it with the Argentines.


We use the same cup to measure all ingredients. It can be a 250 cc cup.

With these amounts a lot of jrugles come out, so you can make half a prescription if not many people eat or want to eat less.


Mix all the ingredients starting with the wet ones and finally flour, adding until a dough is formed.

Knead a few minutes until a smooth and uniform mass is achieved.

Let rest at least half an hour. If you leave it two or three hours better.

Stretch 3 or 4 mm thick and, with knife, cut rectangles. Make a cut in the middle.

Cook in hot oil, turn and back.

 Dry on absorbent paper.  

Optional: sprinkle with impalpable sugar.

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