Fancying something a little exotic for dinner, but don’t fancy blowing your weekly food budget on one meal? Us neither! So why not try our easy cheese and onion rosti recipe? 

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Our cheese and onion rosti recipe is a sure-fire way to show off your culinary skills – even if you don’t have any. This awesomely easy (but still incredibly tasty) dish takes just 20 minutes to make and costs less than the price of a coffee. What’s not to love?

Often being compared to our breakfast-favourite, the hash brown, the rosti is a potato-based food to which we’ve added cheese and onion. However, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can add meats such as ham, sausage or even salmon to your rosti.

And the beauty of this recipe is that most of the ingredients are items you might very well have in your cupboards already. Prepare to spend the next 20 minutes of your time cooking up a tasty dish that’ll convert you into the Jamie Oliver of your student flat.

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Tasty cheese and onion rosti recipe

Ingredients

Serves: 4 | Costs: £2.40* (£0.60 per serving) | Time taken: 20 mins

  • 350g of potatoes (£0.50)
  • 2 red onions (£0.42)
  • 120g of grated cheese (£0.76)
  • 2 free-range eggs (£0.20)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil (£0.05)
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil (£0.02)
  • 1 whole lettuce – we’d suggest going with an iceberg lettuce, but any’s fine (£0.45).

Method

  1. Rinse your potatoes and onions in a sieve over the sink, and then finely grate them into a bowl.
  2. Squeeze any excess water out of the potatoes and onions. We’d again recommend doing this over the sink in a sieve, by repeatedly squeezing and tossing the ingredients until they feel drained.
  3. Grate your cheese into a bowl. Or, if you’ve bought pre-grated cheese (be warned: it’s more expensive), you can skip this step completely.
  4. Crack two eggs into a bowl and beat.
  5. Mix together your grated cheese, potatoes and onions with a teaspoon of basil and your beaten eggs. Stir until you’re satisfied.
  6. Make four rosti ‘cakes’ with your mixture. We’d recommend doing this by separating into 4 equal parts, then rolling each cake in the palm of your hand and flatting until it looks a bit like a burger patty.
  7. Heat a splash of olive oil in a hot pan until it sizzles. Remember to keep the pan well away from your body to avoid the oil ‘spitting’ at you.
  8. Once the oil’s hot, add your cakes to the pan and fry for 5 minutes on each side. Top tip: if you have the time, we’d recommend doing one or two rosti cakes at a time, as this will give them plenty of room to fry and to turn golden. However, if you’re in a rush, adding all four to the pan is fine – so long as you give them some room to breathe.
  9. Remove your cheese and onion rosti cakes, which should now be golden brown, from the pan using kitchen tongs, and place on a piece of kitchen towel to drain out any excess oil.
  10. Season to taste with salt, if you wish.
  11. Serve on a plate for yourself and your friends (or just you, we won’t judge!).

The charming cousin of the hash brown, this cheese and onion rosti recipe costs under £3 and takes less time to make than your average Netflix episode. It’ll feed up to four people and (oh, did we not mention?) tastes delicious.

Whether you’re pondering over what to make for dinner tonight, or are in need of a tasty lunch to bring to university to give you the energy to take notes in a late-afternoon lecture, our rostis are perfect for any situation that might have your belly rumbling.

Well, we’re off to make our own now!

Feeling inspired? Head over to our student recipes page for more delicious recipes for you and your friends.

*Prices are correct as of October 2019 (using Tesco.com prices as guidelines).

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