Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins
Germans love to serve rich, savory pastries - especially with potatoes and/or onion. This one is flavored with ham, garlic,and rosemary. This makes a great appetizer or if served with a salad, a nice accompaniment for lunch. This would be nice as a brunch item. Translated directly from the German version I found in "Schoener Essen" magazine.
- 2 1⁄2 kg starchy potatoes, divided
- salt & pepper, to taste
- caraway seed, to taste
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 175 g butter or 175 g margarine, divided
- 50 g ham, in small cubes
- 100 g flour
- dry breadcrumbs, for dusting the pan
- 3 -4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 garlic clove, chopped finely, more to taste
- 250 g sour cream or 250 g creme fraiche
- 5 -6 eggs (medium-large)
- additional sour cream, to garnish
- rosemary, to garnish
- Peel and wash the potatoes.
- Divide the potatoes into two even portions; take one portion cut them into halves, then place in salted water and cook about 20 minutes, until soft enough to mash.
- Shred the remaining raw potatoes.
- Place 50 grams of the butter in a heated pan.
- Sauté the onion and the ham chunks together in the butter.
- Add the shredded potato and turning them over occasionally with a spatula, cook together for about 5-8 minutes.
- Remove from the pan and let cool.
- Drain the potatoes that have been cooking in the water and mash them (using a potato ricer).
- Mix together with the remaining 125 grams of butter, the flour, and some salt & pepper, kneading together to make a dough.
- Using the wrapper from your butter, grease a large rectangular rimmed baking tin about 32 x 39 cm in size (or use a rimmed cookie sheet) and then dust pan with breadcrumbs (If you already tossed your wrapper, just grease the pan with a little butter or oil).
- Press out the potato dough evenly to form a crust in the pan.
- Strip the rosemary leaves from their stems and chop them.
- Whisk together the eggs, rosemary, garlic, sour cream, caraway seeds (optional), and combine with the shredded potato mixture.
- Season with salt& pepper to taste.
- Spread this mixture on top of the potato pastry.
- Place on a lower rack in the oven (preheated to around 200°C) and bake approximately 50 minutes.
- Cool slightly (about 5-10 minutes), then cut into 16 squares.
- Garnish with a small dollop of sour cream and a bit of fresh rosemary, if desired.
Just to clarify that if you don't have the exact size pan indicated, use the large wide flat pan with a rim - such as a jelly roll pan. The slight sogginess that reviewer Jen experienced was probably due to using a 9x13 lasagna pan - which is much deeper and smaller. In Germany, they sell pans especially designed for making this dish that unfortunately aren't available everywhere. When sliced, this should look more like a flat, square slice of pizza.
This was a bit time-consuming to make, but very easy (and actually kind of fun!). The end result is extremely tasty, although next time I would use a bit less butter as it's very rich. The potato base seemed soft, but has firmed up as the dish cooled. I made the recipe in a lasagna pan and cut into 64 small (1.5") squares. I think this will make a great appetizer for the German party I'm attending tonight!
This was a bit fussy to make because of all the different parts to it, and unfortunately didn't turn out as well as I would have liked. The texture was fine, but it was quite bland even though I added some extra ham. My husband thought it was ok with sour cream, but overall probably wouldn't make it again.