Rosti potatoes are an easy dish to make, once you get the hang of it. They're popular side or breakfast dishes in restaurants and homes across America.
Here are a few tips for making good rosti.
- Choose your potatoes. As a rough guide, you need one large potato per person. This varies, of course, depending on whether you're making breakfast or a side dish. Rosti potatoes are very tasty though, so make sure you're making plenty!
- Advance preparation. Peel your potatoes, cut them into large chunks and then boil them in salted water for about 5 minutes. You need them to be parboiled - that is softened, but not cooked all the way through.
- Drain and cool. Drain your parboiled potatoes and leave them to cool until you can comfortably handle them.
- Grating. When your potatoes are cool, grate them using the coarse side of a grater.
- Cooking time. When you're ready to cook your rosti, heat some butter or oil in a frying pan. You need the pan to be hot, but not smoking.
- Seasoning. Add salt and pepper to the potatoes - it's easiest to mix it through with your hands.
- Press the potatoes into the pan. If you want to make one big rosti, press all of the potatoes into the pan. You want the potato layer to be no more than half an inch thick or so, or it won't cook through properly. To make individual portions, press the potatoes into metal rings in the pan.
- Cook for 5 minutes. Once the potatoes have been pressed down into the frying pan, leave them to cook for 5 minutes so that they go golden brown (although you won't be able to see!).
- Flip. Turn the rosti over. This isn't like flipping a pancake, because the rosti is too crumbly. You need to tip it out onto a plate, put another plate over the top and turn the plates over.
- Cook the other side. Add a little more butter or oil to the pan, then slide the rosti back into the pan so that the uncooked side is on the bottom. Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Serve. Now that both sides are cooked, the rosti is ready to serve.
Rosti makes a nice breakfast dish, with eggs or bacon. It's also great as a side dish for a main meal, or as a snack on its own. You can add anything you like to your rosti - try onion or bacon, or put cheese on top. As long as you remember to parboil the potatoes in advance, rosti is a quick and easy dish to make.