Tags: Swiss
Pan-sized eggless cake of grated potatoes and usually bacon.

Where to get Rösti

2007 Sep 23
Such a simple but comforting food. Similar to a latke, but rösti does not contain any egg. An easy treat to make at home...

2007 Sep 23
Having spent a few years in beautiful Switzerland, I missed eating the real rosti. A lunch of 'rosti with egg and bacon' or 'rosti with pork sausage and onion sauce' and a cup of hot apple cider (extremely delicious and I am salivating already!)...I noticed that Richtree in the Rideau Centre do serve Rosti but with sour cream? What is the deal with that?
Anyway, it is always better to make it at home (less greasy) and here is an excellent 'tried and tasted' recipe courtesy of 'A Taste of Switzerland' ...

(Serves 4)
1 kg firm waxy potatoes
salt and pepper
4 tbsp butter
2 tsp oil

Boil the potatoes until just tender. Drain and leave overnight. Next day, peel and grate them coarsely and season with salt and pepper. Heat half the butter and oil in a heavy frying pan and press the potatoes in to make a cake. Cook over moderate heat for about 20 minutes or until the bottom is golden and crusty. Invert the rosti on to a plate. heat the rest of the butter and oil in the pan , slide the rosti back into the pan and cook the second side - about 15 minutes more.

2007 Apr 6
My introduction to Rosti was in York, UK at Betty's teahouse. If you find yourself in York, Betty's is the place to go. If anyone is interested in making a rosti, check out the latest Cook's Illustrated - they have a detailed recipie for making a few different ones. Any recipe I've tried from this magazine tend to turn out really really well. Stay away from the instant "rosti in a box" type concoctions. You gotta do it from scractch.

2006 Dec 23
We don't turn away food porn... all is welcome!

I just noticed that my description of Rösti is an "eggless cake of potatoes". While that is a technically correct description, I find it funny that both of your photos feature a prominent egg. :-)

2006 Dec 22
Here's another one from the foothills of the Alps in central Switzerland. My lucky brother snapped and ate this one.

Apologies to Fresh Foodie if posting these non-Ottawan images is inappropriate.

2006 Dec 22
I just wanted to see some Rösti on these pages. This one was from Grindelwald up in the Swiss Alps. Believe it or not, there's potato hiding under that yummy mess.

I've never seen sour cream served with them in Europe - but then I wonder if a side of sour cream is served with every dish in Mexico? North Americans do funny things to food.


2006 Nov 9
A bit too greasy, but nicely crisped and with just the right amount of sour cream...