This is an attempt to re create a wonderful rosti we had in a rustic restaurant high in the mountains in Aspen / Under Eiger, Grindelwald. Sitting outside listening to the cows constantly ringing bells from over the road and whilst in the breathtaking scenery.
- Olive oil or butter
- 1 Medium onion, peeled and sliced
- 500 g potatoes, whole and unpeeled
- Fresh herbs, finely chopped; see Chef's notes
- 150 g fresh sliced ham
melted cheese topping
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 160 g mixture of Swiss cheese of your choice, grated
- Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Finely chopped chives or chopped parsley
- 2 teaspoons plain flour
- Preheat the grill
- Boil the potatoes for 12 minutes in their skins - I used fairly small Maris Pipers, larger potatoes may need a few minutes more. Ideally they should be slightly undercooked at this stage.
- Grate the potatoes, a food processor is ideal for this, especially if they are very hot. I leave the skins but that's a personal preference.
- Season with salt and pepper and mix in a tablespoon of chopped herbs
- Gently fry the onions for 5 minutes in a tablespoon of olive oil or butter.
- Mix the potatoes in with the onion mixture and and spread out to fill the whole pan
- Gently fry for 10 minutes, shimmying the pan now and then to prevent sticking. Flip the rosti over and fry for another 5 minutes. Use a plate to flip the rosti. Invert the plate over the pan, together, turn the plate and pan upside-down, once the rosti is on the plate, put the pan the right way up and slide the rosti into it.
- Mix the ingredients for the cheese mixture ensuring the flour coats the cheese.
- Layer the ham on top of the potatoes and cover evenly with the cheese mixture
- Grill for 5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and slightly toasted.
Add a fried egg each on the top of the rosti if you don't think this will be enough cholesterol!
- An attempted clone of a meal had in a rustic mountain restaurant in Aspen, Under Eiger, Grindelwald, Switzerland. It's right next to the bus stop.
My version was very, very good but it still didn't have anything like as much cheese as the original.
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