Fried Potatoes (Rösti)

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"Rösti is so popular in Switzerland that Röstiteller are sold everywhere. These ornamental plates, specially designed to serve this round potato cake, are usually so picturesque that they are hung on kitchen walls as decorations. Often they are inscribed with proverbs that differ from canton to canton, just like Rösti recipes. In German cantons, Rösti is made with onions, elbow macaroni, Appenzeller cheese, or caraway seeds. Italian cantons use rosemary, and the French cantons use tomatoes, sweet paprika, and Gruyère cheese. From Easy Menu Cooking the Swiss Way, Helga Hughes."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (245.4 g)
  • Calories 218.8
  • Total Fat - 6.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 18 mg
  • Sodium - 381.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 36.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.6 g
  • Sugars - 2.8 g
  • Protein - 4.2 g
  • Calcium - 33.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

When potatoes have cooled, peel and grate coarsely into a large bowl.

Step 2

Add green onions, caraway seeds, salt, and pepper, and mix well.

Step 3

Over medium-high heat, melt butter in a large, non-stick skillet.

Step 4

Add potato mixture and press into a large, compact cake with a spatula.

Step 5

Continue to cook, pressing and compacting the cake, for 3 or 4 minutes.

Step 6

When a nice brown crust forms on the bottom, turn Rösti over by sliding it out onto a large plate.

Step 7

Invert the frying pan over the plate.

Step 8

Using pot holders, grip pan and plate together on opposite sides.

Step 9

In one motion, flip the pan and plate so the Rösti falls into the pan. (This takes practice.)

Step 10

Cook the other side, pressing and compacting the cake, for 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 11

Pour half-and-half evenly over potato cake.

Step 12

Turn heat down to medium low, cover skillet, and cook until the other side turns brown (about 7 minutes).

Step 13

Slide cake onto a plate and serve.

Tips & Variations

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