Discovering Vegetarian/Vegan Diets and Recipes

Potato Rösti

Rosti is a Swiss potato dish perhaps best described as a cross between hash browns and a potato pancake. It is popular throughout Switzerland as a breakfast food.


  • 2 lb (907g) potatoes, peeled
  • 1 large yellow onion, very finely chopped
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


  1. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, add the potatoes and parboil for 4 minutes.
  2. Immediately remove the potatoes and place in cold water to cool. Once cool enough to handle, roughly shred them into a bowl. Add the onion, salt, pepper, 3 tablespoons of the oil, chives, and parsley.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a nonstick skillet over a high heat. When it is very hot, add the potato mixture, pressing down firmly with the palm of your hand. Reduce the heat slightly, then cook until golden brown, about 7 minutes.
  4. Ease a spatula under the rösti to release, then invert the rösti onto a plate. Slip the rösti back into the pan to cook the second side. If preferred, the second side can be cooked under a preheated broiler.

Recipe from ‘500 Vegan Dishes’ by Deborah Gray, published in 2011 by Apple Press Ltd. Photography by Ian Garlick.

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