Sometimes cravings call for nothing but the buttery, warm goodness of homemade rösti. Indulge with our version, which adds sweet Ontario apples and fresh sage to the mix. Top with sour cream, chives and a good-quality smoked salmon or trout for an impressive appetizer or main dish.
1 lb (500 g) baking potatoes (Russet), peeled (about 2 large)
2 Ontario Apples* (peel if desired)
1/2 large cooking onion, minced
2 tsp (10 mL) minced, fresh sage
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each, salt and black pepper
1 large egg, well beaten
1/4 cup (50 mL) unsalted butter, divided
Grate potatoes on large holes of box grater; set aside. Grate apples around the core, and transfer to a paper towel lined colander or strainer, pressing out as much liquid as possible. Toss apples with potatoes, onions, sage, salt, pepper and egg.
In large heavy-bottomed non-stick skillet, melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) of butter at a time over medium heat. Press the apple potato mixture by the tablespoonful into small discs, arranging in skillet 2-inches (5 cm) apart. Use spatula to flatten slightly. Cook until bottom is golden, about 3-4 minutes. Flip over and cook until underside is golden, about 3-4 minutes more.
Repeat with remaining mixture. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm until ready to serve.
Makes 24 Rösti.
Per serving: about 60 cal, 1g pro, 2g total fat (1g sat fat) 9g carb, 1g fiber, 15mg chol, 65 mg sodium.
*Variety Tip: For best results use Ontario Empire, Crispin or Idared apples.
Chef Tip: Drain the apples very well to ensure a crisp texture on the outside of the rösti.