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Potato pancakes fried in butter.

Originally a common farmer breakfast in the canton of Bern, «rösti» has become the national Swiss specialty, eaten either as a side-dish or main course. This popular dish includes many variations, different kinds of potatoes, and sometimes starting from either raw or boiled potatoes. In its homeland, «rösti» makes for an interesting subject of conversation! As for myself, I have choosen the school of thought to use raw, yellow potatoes.

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Preparation : 5 min Cooking : 10 min
270 calories/serving


2 potatoes, Yukon Gold (yellow flesh), peeled, then grated 400 g
2 tbsp butter, unsalted 28 g
4 tsp olive oil 20 mL
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g

Before you start

Yukon Gold potatoes are the ones to use in this recipe.

Preheat the oven to its lowest temperature to keep the initial pancakes warm while you are cooking some more.


  1. Peel the potatoes and grate them on a large holed grater, without rinsing (the starch keeps the pancake together). Add salt.
  2. Heat the butter and oil in a non-stick sauté pan over medium heat. Put one handful of the grated potatoes in the pan and press it with a spatula to a thin layer, about 7 millimeters. Continue to press while the rösti cooks so that it will stick together. Brown for 4-5 min until crisp on one side, then turn it over and brown an additional 4-5 min, until crisp on the other side. You may need to add some more oil to the pan.
  3. When ready, set aside on a plate in a warm oven. Repeat the above steps for the remaining potato mixture. Serve.
Note: It is not important if the pancakes are not perfect in shape, but they must be thin, buttery and very crisp.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (160 g)


% Daily Value




15 g

22 %

Saturated 5.9 g
+ Trans 0.4 g

32 %


20 mg


10 mg

0 %


33 g

11 %


3 g

12 %


0 g

Net Carbs

30 g


3 g

Vitamin A

7 %

Vitamin C

36 %


1 %


4 %


This recipe is :
Free  :
Excellent source of  :
Potassium, Vitamin B6
Good source of  :
Copper, Vitamin C
Source of  :
Fibre, Folacin, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Zinc
Low  :


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 2
Fats 3

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  • I replaced oregano by rosemary and it turned out great
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Potato | Side dishes | Low Sodium | Halal | Kosher | Vegetarian | Swiss

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march 07, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

This is excellent. The kids love it.

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