ROSTI WITH BACON AND ONIONS
During my first year away at boarding school I had an outgoing roommate with a flamboyant French father,
an elegant Canadian mother and a ski chalet in Vermont. During my first ski weekend with her, Mother Boyer
treated us to the spectacular Swiss potato pancake known as rosti. I have never forgotten how delicious it
tasted and am delighted to give a recipe here. While there are several variations of rosti, this one – with
bacon and onions – is the version popular in the Swiss capital of Bern.
Makes 6 to 8 side-dish servings.
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6 medium russet potatoes, unpeeled
1 pound sliced bacon
1 medium-size red onion, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
||Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook over medium heat 15 minutes.
(The potatoes will still be quite firm in the centers.) Drain the potatoes and rinse under cold water.
Drain again and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.|
||Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until crisp, 15 to 20 minutes.
Drain on paper towels, then crumble the bacon.|
||Peel the chilled potatoes. In a food processor fitted with the shredding disk
or on the large holes of a hand-held grater, shred the potatoes. In a mixing bowl,
toss the potatoes with the bacon, onion, salt, and pepper.|
||Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the potato mixture, spread it evenly over the pan, and press it down firmly with a metal spatula.
Cook over medium heat until the underside is golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.|
||To flip the pancakes, remove the skillet from the heat, invert a large heatproof plate over the skillet,
and using potholders, un-mold it onto the plate. Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and heat
over medium high heat. Slide the pancake back into the skillet, uncooked side down. Continue cooking and
pressing down with the spatula until the underside is golden, 10 to 12 minutes more.|
||Slide the pancake onto a heated platter. Cut it into wedges and serve at once.|
Excerpted from COLD-WEATHER COOKING copyright © 1990 Sarah Leah Chase.
Reprinted with the permission of Workman Publishing Co., Inc. All Rights Reserved.