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So What Are Rösti Potatoes?
Rösti potatoes are a Swiss potato dish that can be described as a cross between hash browns and a potato pancake. It is popular throughout Switzerland as a breakfast food cut into wedges and served with sausages or other meats and cheeses.
This versatile dish also can be topped with egg and served with a salad for brunch or light dinner or alongside a steak or other red meat for a satisfying main course.
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What You Need to Make Rösti Potatoes
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- 3 to 4 medium starchy potatoes, like russets, peeled
- 2 to 4 tablespoons butter
- 8-inch nonstick or cast-iron skillet
- Metal spatula
- Plate that barely fits inside the skillet
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Grate the Potatoes
Grate the peeled raw potatoes into a bowl. The grating is usually done by hand and traditionally with a rösti grater with large holes (a box grater will do nicely). You can do it with a machine, but the results might not be quite authentic.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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- Melt 2 to 4 tablespoons of butter in the skillet. Add grated potatoes about 1 inch deep and salt.
- Cook over medium heat several minutes, stirring two or three times to coat the potatoes evenly with butter.
- Then pat the potatoes into a cake with the spatula and let cook for 10 minutes. Cover and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.
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Flip the Rösti
- When the bottom of the potato cake is golden brown, place the plate on the potatoes and invert the pan, holding on to the plate.
- Remove the pan and set it back on the stove. Add another tablespoon or so of butter and let it melt.
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Slide the Rösti Back into the Pan
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- Slide the rösti back into the pan, golden side up, and cook for about 15 minutes, pressing down once or twice to make the pancake stick together a little more.
- You can cover it to get the potatoes cooked in the middle but remove the cover at least 5 minutes before the end of cooking so that your pancake is crispy on the outside.
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- Slide rösti onto a plate and serve by cutting into wedges. Salt to taste.
- Other add-ins: Parsley, onions, nutmeg, pepper, or ground paprika.
- You may also make rösti with parboiled potatoes. Cook them al dente one day in advance and peel. Grate just before you fry them and proceed as above.