Swiss style rösti potatoes


This recipe is for the Swiss rösti potatoes, sometimes thought of as Swiss hash browns, though I think rösti predates hash browns.  In the dish’s native Switzerland, recipes include bacon, rosemary, caraway seeds, eggs, pasta, cheese, even coffee.  Basically whatever you have left over in the fridge.

Cooking method

Place potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook until tender, about 30 minutes.  Drain potatoes, and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.  Peel potatoes, then refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.  Grate potatoes using the large holes on a cheese grater and set aside.

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.  When to temperature, add potatoes, sprinkle with salt, and mix well.  Using a metal spatula, gently press potatoes, molding them to fit the skillet.  Cook, shaking skillet occasionally, until edges are golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Cover skillet with a large inverted plate, invert the rösti over onto plate, then slide it back into the skillet, cooked side up; cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 20 minutes.  Transfer to a cutting board, sprinkle with salt, and cut into wedges to serve.

Ingredients Serves 2-3
Potatoes 3 large
Butter 2 tbspns
Canola oil 2 tbspns
Salt to taste