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TV presenter and chef John Torode has perfected his potato rösti recipe and serves it with a fresh Greek-style salad. Easily multiplied, this is a simple potato dish at its best.

First published in 2015
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By definition a rösti is made and cooked with raw potato, but this recipe is one that I have honed over the years. By pouring boiling water over the grated raw potato it scalds it and washes away some of the starch, so the cooking is just a little less temperamental and quicker. Some might say it’s not a true rösti but in my books, if it works, go for it.

This recipe makes one large rösti or 2 smaller, thinner ones, to feed 4. Serve with whatever you wish, from fried eggs to ham and cheese. And if you make thin ones, roll them up with a frankfurter inside. Bad I know, but I never said anything about healthy food!

Recipe taken from John's book, My Kind of Food: Recipes I Love to Cook at Home (published by Headline, September 2015).




Greek salad



First make the Greek salad. Whisk the oil and vinegar until you have a smooth dressing. Mix all the remaining bits for the salad in a bowl, toss with the dressing and set aside to mature while you make the rösti
Mix the grated potatoes and onions in a mixing bowl. Pour over the 500ml of boiling water from the kettle and leave the mixture to sit for 2 minutes, then drain. This softens the potatoes and washes out any excess starch
Press it down to get rid of any extra water, then season really well and stir in the thyme and melted butter
Take a large deep frying pan (or two smaller ones) and heat the oil. Drop the potato mix into the pan and use a spatula to flatten it out like a pancake. Keep the heat low and cook for 5 minutes, at least. The edges should start to brown and if you shake the pan the potato should move around
When it’s brown, turn the rösti over to cook the other side for about another 5 minutes or so – it should be golden brown and crisp on the outside but fluffy inside. Serve topped with some of the Greek salad and plenty more on the side
First published in 2015

John Torode is one of the UK's best loved chefs and is known to millions as the judge of BBC One's Masterchef, Celebrity Masterchef and Junior Masterchef.

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