Basler Rosti With Bacon and Onion

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

This yummy rosti version contains bacon and onions. Potatoes are best if cooked the day before.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs potatoes, cooked, skin on, completely cooled
  • 12 onion, cut into very fine onion rings
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons lard (or use butter or oil)
  • 50 g bacon, diced
  • 1 -2 tablespoon milk


  1. Peel potatoes, grate or cut into thin strips and mix with the salt.
  2. Cut onions into very fine onion rings.
  3. Melt the butter and lard (or oil) in a frying pan. Add the diced bacon, onions and potato and fry gently, stirring gently and frequently. If you want a slimmer version, you can pre-cook the bacon and this way omit the bacon fat.
  4. Bring together into a cake and cover with an upside-down plate. Fry over gentle heat for 20 minutes.
  5. Pour the milk over the top and fry, covered, for about another 10 minutes. Tip out onto the plate and serve.
Most Helpful

This is getting a five from bacon loving DH. I must be a freak because I thought I would prefer it with less bacon. :) I started this in a non stick pan that turned out to stick like heck! When I inverted the plate (seriously hot btw) the bottom crust remained in the pan. Undaunted I hauled out the pan I should have used in the first place - cast iron. I stuck the bottom back on and finished them in that. We thoroughly enjoyed these potatoes. Thanks for posting. Made for Food.Commandos ~ ZWT 7

K9 Owned June 23, 2011

Great comfort food, a central European take on hashed browned potatoes. Unlike the previous reviewer I used my seasoned cast iron skillet from the beginning and it came out dark but perfect. I added a dollop of sour cream and could easily picture it alongside a couple of fried eggs. Very tasty and filling!

Lavender Lynn June 30, 2011

I had a baked potato left over from dinner and decided to use it to make this for our breakfast. It truly went together pretty easy and I had no trouble with it sticking (I did use spray before starting) Loved the addition of the bacon and onions and I even added some sliced jalapenos that I had pickled from the garden. It does remind me of crusty hash browns and we really enjoyed. Right at the end I sprinkled with grated cheddar cheese and enjoyed that addition.

Bonnie G #2 October 16, 2013