Crispy Vegetable Rösti made with carrots, potatoes, onions, zucchini and parsnips fried until golden and served with silky smooth avocado cream.
I’ve been thinking about my mom so much lately. I mean, more than normal. I pretty much think about her everyday, but over the last few weeks, she has been on my mind constantly. Mostly because I am striving to be the kind of mom she was and I’m failing pretty hard at the moment. I’ve always been a pretty impatient person but over the last couple of weeks there’s been quite a lot of stress to deal with around these parts and that coupled with my impatience as caused me to be a pretty terrible mom at times.
I make up for it (not really) by staring at my kids while they sleep, softly whispering how much I love them. Totally not creepy. But yeah, I’ve just been wondering how my mom did it all. How she was just so loving and patient and wonderful all the time. Did she have a secret drinking cupboard? Was she on calming tablets? Did she scream into her pillow while we were watching Gummy Bears? Or was she just the world’s best mom? I’m thinking it’s the latter.
Along with that, I’ve also been yearning for the foods she cooked us. As I’ve said before, she wasn’t always the most keen of cooks, but who is? I mean, I often wonder how my kids can be hungry again?! But my mom did make some pretty fabulous dishes. Her chicken fried steak was particularly amazing. But she also cured my boyfriend blues with Welsh Rarebit and she healed colds with sweet, milky tea and Marmite toast.
Another dish she made incredibly well were vegetable Röstis. She would grate onions, carrots and potatoes and bind them with a little flour before frying spoonfuls in hot oil until they were crisp and golden. They were usually served as a side to roasted chicken or pan fried pork chops but I just remember how utterly delicious I found them. She would season them generously with salt and powdery white pepper and I simply loved them.
Last week I had a fridge laden with fresh vegetables after having to do a winter produce shoot for a client. I’m talking huge bunches of carrots, kilograms of potatoes, pumpkin, beetroot and more. And that’s when I decided to make a version of my mom’s delicious rösti. I wanted to pack them full of veg so I used a whole bunch of rainbow carrots, zucchini, potatoes, onions and parsnips. I didn’t want to use egg (which also makes these fully vegan, btw) so just binded them with a little flour.
The starch in the flour and the potato along with the natural juices of the vegetables was enough to bind the vegetables together. They’re definitely more fragile than if you would use egg but I find them much lighter too. By all means, use an egg if you feel you need that stability but I found them fantastic without. I served my rösti with a simple avocado cream (more winter veg needing to be used) and the end result was just the most delicious lunch. As I mentioned, these would be great as a side dish as well and they are perfection when topped with a fried egg. However you serve them, make sure they are piping hot and don’t forget the white pepper. It’s a must
- 8 large rainbow carrots, grated
- 2 large potatoes, grated
- 4 parsnips, grated
- 6 medium zucchini, grated
- 1 red onion, grated
- 2-3 tablespoons flour
- 1-2 teaspoons salt , to taste
- white pepper, to taste
- oil, for frying
- 2 avocados
- 1 tablespoon sour cream/coconut yoghurt (optional)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- salt & pepper to taste
- To make the Rösti, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl then mix well. Make sure you break up any clumps of flour (I find it best to use my hands for this).
- Heat a little oil in a deep frying pan then fry spoonfuls of the mixture until golden brown and crisp on both sides and cooked through.
- Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper. Repeat until all the mixture has been cooked.
- To make the avocado cream, blend all the ingredients together in a food processor (alternatively just mash with a fork) and season to taste.
- Serve the Rösti with the avocado cream.