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Rösti with Veal Bratwurst Sep 6, 2009

Rösti with Veal Bratwurst

What is Rösti?
Rösti is a traditional dish made by boiling potatoes, grating them, letting them stand overnight (to dehydrate), then pan fried with butter and some milk. While frying, the potatoes are shaped and rounded to resemble a pancake. It should have a golden crusty shell when done on both sides. Rösti originated in the canton of Bern, Switzerland as a farmer's staple, but quickly spread across the globe as a hearty breakfast served with bacon, sausage or cheese.

Basic Rosti (Swiss Potato Pancake)


  • 1 kilo potatoes
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp milk


  1. boil the potatoes - boil the unpeeled potatoes in salted water until very close to being fully cooked. Strain and allow to cool enough to handle. You can peel the skin or just leave it on. Grate the potatoes into a deep bowl and leave to cool completely. Do not flatten. When no longer hot, put the bowl inside the fridge without covering. TIP - do this part a day in advance to allow the potatoes to dehydrate.
  2. fry in a cast-iron skillet - on the serving day, heat butter on the skillet. When the butter sings, dump a hefty serving of the potatoes on the skillet and start flattening and shaping with a spatula. A 3/4' thick rosti would be ideal. Sprinkle with salt and add milk along the sides. Cover the skillet and allow the potato to form a crust. Use medium-low heat for 20 minutes and then flip or use a plate to flip the rosti. Cook another 20 minutes. You're done.

I first caught rösti in Culinaria, a coffee table book highlighting Europe's finest and best epicurean offerings. It seemed like an easy and versatile dish...which it turned out to be. Since then, I've hosted several dinners with friends and I've ordered this dish in restaurants all over, from Marché in Toronto to Yogurt House in Sagada. Now, it's my chance to savor this classic dish one more time.

--- TheLoneRider

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Alex de MoscosoAlex de Moscoso
(Sep 19, 2009) yeah i remember the rosti in yogurt house...remembering how good the vegetable rice was and yogurt made me salivate. hehe

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