Rösti is a potato-based dish of Swiss origin. Rösti, in Swiss German, means “crisp and golden.”
It is similar to American hash browns. But Rösti is a cooked giant pancake style, it tends to be thicker than other potato pancake varieties, like a giant crispy potato cheese fritter. This gives them a creamy and smooth interior. Crisp on the outside, soft and meltingly, within.
Grated potatoes are mixed with sautéed onions and pan-fried until crisp and golden, covered with a generous layer of cheese (optionally also with smoked sausage, ham or bacon) until a good aroma wafts out of the pan. Onion has a crispier texture and stronger flavour than potatoes, creating a much-needed balance, which makes this rösti potato more appealing than the plain version.
Rösti was originally served for breakfast, but it is often served as a side dish nowadays. It also works great as a main course, especially if you are a potato lover.
You can use American-made “Swiss” cheese, but if you splurge on a more flavourful Swiss or French Gruyère, you’ll have a more authentic dinner, and your taste buds will thank you.
This versatile dish also can be topped with an egg and served with a salad for brunch or dinner or alongside a steak or other red meat for a satisfying main course.
Parboil the potatoes
- 1 kg Potatoes - about 250-300 g / 8.8-10 oz per person
- 1 tsp Salt - or to taste
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Onion - minced
- Salt - to taste
- Black pepper - freshly ground - optional to taste
- 4 tsp Olive oil - 1 tsp per serving or to taste
- 4 tsp Butter - or goose fat - 1 tsp per serving or to taste
- 2 cup Gruyère cheese - grated - or “Swiss” cheese – about ½ cup = 50 g / 1.76 oz per person
- 2 cup Mozzarella cheese - grated - or provolone or Parmesan – about ½ cup = 50 g / 1.76 oz per person
- Green onions - chopped - or chives - optional to taste
- Parsley - chopped - optional to taste
- Salt - optional to taste
- Black pepper - freshly ground - optional to taste
- Nutmeg - or paprika - optional to taste
- 4 tsp Water - hot - 1 tsp per serving
- Green onions - roots trimmed, chopped
- Parsley - chopped
- Parmesan cheese - Sliced petals
Parboil potatoes (you can do it a day before)
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the whole, unpeeled potatoes and simmer for 6-10 minutes. They should be cooked but still firm, not falling apart. Parboiled potatoes should be slightly tender but not soft.
- Drain, and put them in a bowl with cold water and ice.
- Let the potatoes cool and chill for at least a couple of hours. You can let them chill in the fridge overnight.
- In a large bowl, combine the cheese and stir well. Reserve.
Grate the potatoes
- Once totally cool (or on the next day), peel and coarsely grate the potatoes using a food processor or box grater.
- Place potatoes into a different large bowl.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large non-stick skillet, and sauté onion for about 2-5 minutes, frequently stirring, until reduce but not brown.
- Add salt and pepper, stir again.
- Add onions to bowl with potatoes and gently stir.
- Don't clean skillet.
Preparing the rösti
- Reheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, adding 1/2 tablespoon of butter and* 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil to coat the entire bottom of the pan.*Why butter and oil? Just using oil doesn’t have as nice a flavour. Just using butter gives a better flavour but won’t make it as crispy, and you get little black bits from the burnt bits of butter.
- When skillet and oil are very hot (but not smoking), add half of the grated potato mixture and spread it out evenly to make a thin layer cover the bottom of the pan.
- Allow cooking for about 1-2 minutes, while shaping it into a flat cake to form into a nice disc, pressing down lightly with a spatula.
- Top with the mixture of all the cheese and smoked sausage over the potato “pancake.”
- Then optionally sprinkle with green onions, a little salt and freshly ground pepper over fillings.
- Reduce heat to moderate
- Spread out the remaining grated potatoes on top, pressing down and around as you go with a spatula, covering all the cheese.
- When all the layers are assembled, sprinkle a little hot water over the top layer.
- Cover the skillet and continue to sauté over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes until the bottom layer browns.
- When the bottom potato cake edges are golden, gently shake the pan to loosen the Rösti. If needed, carefully work a spatula under the edges to loosen rösti. Then place a plate (that is larger than the sauté pan) over the pan and, using oven mitts, carefully turn the pan over so rösti ends up on the plate.
- If needed, add 1 teaspoon of butter and* 1 teaspoon olive oil and slide the Rösti back into the pan, uncooked side down.*Why butter and oil? Just using oil doesn’t have as nice a flavour. Just using butter gives a better flavour but won’t make it as crispy, and you get little black bits from the burnt bits of butter.
- Cook, covered for 5 more minutes, or until the bottom of the second side is golden brown.
- Remove to a plate covered with a paper towel to soak the excess grease.
- Add more salt and pepper if desired.
- Let it stand for 5 minutes before serving!
- To hold and keep warm: Transfer to rack set over a tray in a 120°C/250°F oven until ready to serve.
- Garnish with remaining green onions, parsley, Parmesan petals and serve hot!
- With anything which might otherwise be served with fried or mashed potatoes.
- For delighted cheers, serve them with your next steak or roast beef.
- Add smoked salmon to the plate for a traditional accompaniment.
- A green salad.
- Smoked ham.
- Mountain cheese.
- As a base for white fish (such as a sole).
- Lumpfish and some crème fraîche.
- German sausage, bratwurst.
- With spinach and fried eggs (very typical – spinat und spiefelei).
- Or with a fried egg and crème fraiche.
- Leeks, spinach, lemon and ricotta.
- Spread with tapenade (a provençal paste or dip, made from black olives, capers, and anchovies) and artichoke hearts, sprinkle with some dry-fried fennel seeds and a little fresh, chopped coriander.
- Combine sour cream with parsley, green onion and Dijon mustard.
- topped with guacamole and a poached egg.
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