Where did brunch go? Many might be relieved from the absence of uber fancy egg dishes across the IG universe. Let’s face it, there is a certain amount of croques madames and stack of pancakes one can visually stomach at any one time. And whilst I do miss eggs benedict and a chef’s touch on the perfect hollandaise sauce, today I’m going for something more down to earth: swiss rosti, with a sunny side up egg.
What is Swiss rosti anyway? Well, it’s a very down to earth potato ‘pancake’ from Switzerland. Think of hash browns only with a bit more oomph, a bit of onion, a bit more bacon and a great deal of grated cheese on top. And a sunny side up egg. If this is not lunch sorted, I don’t know what is.
I firstly made rosti a good while ago when I was recipe testing for a children’s recipe book. Recipes from around the world, simplified for tiny hands to get involved, and a great deal of fun for me to explore. Possibly one of my favourite projects so far. Possibly the best way to travel right now through food!
But let’s get cracking!
Rosti, Swiss potato pancakes with a sunny side up
- 3 potatoes Maris Pipers, King Edward, Desirée, all go nicely
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Milk
- 2 tbsp gr butter
- 2 tbsp Chopped Onions
- 100 gr Diced Bacon
- Grated Cheese as much as you fancy
- 1 egg for each to top
- Add a bit of Salt If Not Using Bacon
- Boil the potatoes in a large pot with the skins on and then refrigerate them overnight.
- The next day, peel the skins off and grate them
- Put half of the butter or bacon fat in a frying pan and heat it up. Follow in with the onion and diced bacon and saute them for two or three minutes.
- Add half of the grated potatoes into the frying pan with the bacon and onion. (if you are not using bacon this is the time to add your pinch of salt). Cook with an open lid until they absorb the fats.
- Add half of the milk, use a spatula to flatten and cook covered for 12-15 min. Shake the frying pan gently to prevent the potatoes from sticking and flip it halfways to make sure it’s evenly cooked.
- If you are making a fried egg to put on top of your roesti then use a separate frying pan while you wait for the rosti to cook.
- As soon as the potatoes are done, move rosti to a plate and grate the cheese on top.
- Top off with a sunny side up egg! Ta da!
I hope you enjoy your brunch in very good company and from a very safe place.
From lockdowned London with love,