These parsnip rösti are a good alternative to the traditional potato version, as they are softer textured, with a crisp exterior and slightly sweet flavour that works particularly well with gamey flavours. They taste best when you cook them reasonably slowly and let the outside catch ever so slightly – like the crispy bits in the corner of a tray of roast veg. If you do not have any metal rings to hand for shaping, the rösti can be made freeform.
Peel and coarsely grate the parsnips and put into a large bowl. Add the egg, cornflour or arrowroot and a couple of good pinches of salt. Mix well to combine.
Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat and grease the four crumpet rings, or other metal rings. Add 2 tsp fat to the pan and let it melt.
Pop the metal rings into the pan and fill with the parsnip mixture, packing it down a little: it should be no more than 2cm thick, or they won’t cook through. If you don’t have any rings, simply make little piles of the mixture in the pan and squash them down a bit.
Allow the rösti to cook for a few minutes and then check the underside by lifting it up with a palette knife. If the underneath is deep golden brown, lift off the rings using tongs or a tea towel and turn the rösti over to cook the other side. If you struggle to get the rings off, just run a butter knife around the inside of each one.
Serve the rösti straight away, topped with a knob of butter or a dollop of crème fraîche, or just as they are as a side dish.
Variation: squash, sweet potato or celeriac rösti
You can also make the rösti with squash, sweet potato or celeriac. Because these veg hold more moisture than parsnips, the method is slightly different. Add the salt to the veg, cover and set aside for 30 minutes. Squeeze the grated veg between your hands to remove as much liquid as possible. Tip into a bowl, add the egg and cornflour and mix well, then shape and cook the rösti as above.
- 400g parsnips (about 2 large ones)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 2 tbsp cornflour or arrowroot
- Duck fat, lard or, vegetable or coconut oil, for frying
- Sea salt
- Butter or crème fraîche, to serve (optional)
- 4 x 10–12cm crumpet rings or other metal rings for shaping (optional)
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