Monday, April 16, 2012

Spicy Rösti (Potato Pancakes Baked)

Spicy Rosti is a delicious grated potato side dish that is actually easier to make than it looks.
 It is a Swiss recipe somewhat a cross between hash browns and potato latkes.
The grated potato mixture is made into mounds and then baked in the oven.

I searched the Internet and found out there are many variations of Rösti recipes, some made with fried onions others with meat. This recipe is vegetarian and is made with fresh hot chili ( which I personally left out because I don't like hot) and grated cheese. I also tried a version without the cheese and it worked well too.

 It is my Secret Recipe Club selection from my assigned blog, New Yorker By Heart,.

I was intrigued with this recipe for Rösti  because although I frequently make many ethnic recipes, I tend to choose more Mediterranean, Italian, Greek, and Spanish type recipes. This was a first for me. I have never made a Swiss recipe before.

I chose this recipe because it is naturally gluten free, vegetarian, and can be made vegan.  I made 1/2  of the mounds with grated cheese and the other half without any cheese. Both variations were good  Great ! The secret seemed to be to leave the mounds in the oven long enough for them to get really crispy! My husband loved them.

2018 Update: 

I tried a variation where I left out the chili, cumin, and chili powder and made them for Hanukkah! They were the perfect baked latke- I also tried them using cauliflower rice instead of potatoes- the possibilities are endless!

Spicy Rosti

3 large baking potatoes (about 750 g), scrubbed clean ( I used
3 eggs
1 fresh red chilli, seeded and finely chopped ( I left it out)
Salt, freshly ground pepper
1 ½ tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. chipotle powder (or chili powder) you decide
5 scallions, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. dried parsley (or 1 handful of fresh, finely chopped)
1 ½ tsp. onion powder
Salt, freshly ground pepper
75 g of grated cheese ( optional)

Scrub potatoes well and coarsely grate the rind on. Wring as much liquid from them as possible. It is easiest in a clean tea towel - . Getting the twisted potatoes in a bowl and mix them with the rest of the ingredients. Stir it all together well and then add little mounds on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

I got 9 pretty big out of this portion. Spray with a little olive oil - or brush them lightly - but you can also put them in the oven without. Put them in a 450 degrees oven for 15 minutes. Take them out, sprinkle with the rest of the cheese and put them back in the oven. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, until golden and crisp. Take them out and serve immediately.

Step by Step Pictorial

Gather ingredients

Grated potatoes
Grate Potatoes and ring out liquid well

Mix grated potatoes, hot chili, eggs, scallions, parsley, grated cheese and spices 

Place on mounds on cookie sheet

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  1. Those look great, Judee! I love that they're baked instead of fried. The must've tasted much, much lighter.

  2. It's a long time since I've had rostis so I'm going to have to make them again. I worked out you have to squeeze the potato as dry as possible before mixing with the other ingredients. Otherwise they can go a little soggy.

  3. Wow these sound good. I like potatoes anyway I can get them. Thanks for sharing!

  4. They look yummy :-) I'm happy that you like my blog....

    And yes, the language is Danish :-)

    All the best,

  5. These look amazing! I love this kind of food!

  6. We just love Rostis and this is an awesome recipe! It is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen

  7. Oh my goodness, these look good. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I love potatoes just about any way you can cook them. I'll be trying your recipe out soon.

  8. What a delicious side dish! Great job

  9. these look like wonderful potato cookies :)

  10. These sounds great and spicy! i think my husband would love them. I'm stopping by from SRC but be sure to stop by Seasonal Potluck this month. We have peas AND rhubarb link parties open! We'd love if you'd share any recipes you may have

  11. oh it's like little potato hay stacks that looks wonderfully crunchy and flavorful.

  12. I love latkes but not the fat. These look scrumptious! Gonna give these a try!

  13. I love potatoes in any form, I've never tried a rosti. I love that these are baked and I can't wait to try it!

  14. Sounds really interesting! I love something new and different on the table.

    Stopping by to say thanks for visiting on Foodie Friday! Have a wonderful week!

  15. I love potatoes and I love that these are baked, they look delicious. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  16. Oh, those rosti latkes (can't help but call 'em latkes!) are fabulous!!! So tempting ... :)

  17. spicy too, yum! I love it! Thanks for sharing on AFW!

  18. I haven't had potato pancakes in ages. This looks like a great recipe and a little spicy too.
    Thank you for your inspiration and thanks for coming by and sharing it at Whole Food Wednesdays.

  19. I just love your Potato Pancakes, Judee, they look delicious! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  20. Looking good. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

  21. I love potato pancakes, you can make them for breakfast or as dinner and they are delicious

  22. These look pretty yummy (but how can you go wrong with potatoes?). I like the idea of spicing up the latkes.

  23. Yours turned out really well! Cheers from Carole's Chatter


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