Hash browns and rösti can add significant perceived value to a variety of dishes, and creating a signature version needn’t be difficult. A few considerations
Keeping It Together
While hash browns and rösti cooked in a pan require no binder, deep-fried versions will disintegrate without one. In our testing, we found that a teaspoon of flour and one beaten egg folded into two pounds of cooked shredded potato provides the needed integrity without affecting flavor and texture.
Starchy or Waxy?
The choice of whether to use a starchy Russet or a waxy red, white or gold potato is purely subjective. Our tests showed that starchy potatoes produce a lighter, fluffier patty with little or no visible potato strands, and waxy potatoes cook to a darker brown with a sharper crunch and clearly visible strands.
Raw or Cooked?
While hardcore Swiss chefs always cook their rösti from freshly shredded raw potatoes, we have found the most practical method for foodservice is to pre-cook them in simmering water and store them in their skins under refrigeration until needed. This greatly speeds cooking times and eliminates the oxidation issues a raw potato presents.
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