Fried Potatoes (Rösti)
January 21, 2015
Categories: Dinner, Side Dishes, Dairy, Vegetables, Potatoes, Swiss, Budget-Friendly, Quick Meals, Entertaining, Sunday Dinner, Winter, Weeknight Meals, Skillet, Stove Top, Gluten-Free, No Eggs, Vegetarian, Kosher Dairy more
"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."
- 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
When potatoes have cooled, peel and grate coarsely into a large bowl.
Add green onions, caraway seeds, salt, and pepper, and mix well.
Over medium-high heat, melt butter in a large, non-stick skillet.
Add potato mixture and press into a large, compact cake with a spatula.
Continue to cook, pressing and compacting the cake, for 3 or 4 minutes.
When a nice brown crust forms on the bottom, turn Rösti over by sliding it out onto a large plate.
Invert the frying pan over the plate.
Using pot holders, grip pan and plate together on opposite sides.
In one motion, flip the pan and plate so the Rösti falls into the pan. (This takes practice.)
Cook the other side, pressing and compacting the cake, for 3 to 4 minutes.
Pour half-and-half evenly over potato cake.
Turn heat down to medium low, cover skillet, and cook until the other side turns brown (about 7 minutes).
Slide cake onto a plate and serve.
Tips & Variations
No special items needed.