Recipe by Sandi (From CA)
In Zurich, a German-speaking city, practically every bar and beer hall garnishes its big plates of meat with this kind of hash brown cake; it might be “cheese” or “onion” or “plain” Rösti, but you’ll always be happy to see it. Refrigerating the whole baked potatoes overnight makes them much easier to grate. Special equipment: an adjustable blade slicer fitted with julienne blade, a food processor fitted with medium shredding disk, or a box grater. Chill time is included in total time. From Gourmet Magazine.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs large yellow-fleshed potatoes such as yukon gold potatoes
- 1 medium onion
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F.
- Prick potatoes in several places with a fork. Bake potatoes in a large shallow baking pan until tender when pierced with a sharp knife, about 1 ½ hours.
- Transfer to a rack to cool completely, then chill, uncovered, at least 8 hours.
- Peel potatoes, then shred with slicer into a bowl. Coarsely grate onion on large teardrop-shaped holds of a box grater, then wrap in 2 layers of paper towels and squeeze gently to remove excess moisture. Toss together potatoes, onion, salt and pepper with a fork.
- Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a 7- to 8-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then add potatoes, spreading them evenly and tamping them down with a rubber spatula.
- Reduce heat to moderate and cook Rösti until underside is a golden brown, about 5 minutes.
- Wearing oven mitts, invert a flat plate over skillet, then invert Rösti onto plate.
- Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter and remaining tablespoon oil to skillet and the until foam subsides, then slice Rösti (browned side up) back into skillet with robber spatula.
- Cook until underside is golden brown, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 6 wedges.