Potato Rösti filled with Chicken and Cream Cheese

Rösti is a Swiss dish made with roughly grated potato, cooked or raw, which are fried until golden. In the beginning, it was a common breakfast eaten by the farmers closer to Bern, Switzerland, but now it’s consumed all over the world. The original one consists only of potatoes, but you can use your touch to add flavors using other ingredients, like bacon, onion, cheese, and/or fresh herbs.

It’s not difficult to prepare a good Rösti. After using your imagination to choose the ingredients, you shape it into rounds. Then you will need a good nonstick skillet to invert the potatoes easily to sautéed the other side. Most of the time it is pan fried, but it can be baked in the oven too.

The first time I ate Rösti was during a dinner in my friend’s house, Fernando. He filled the potato with calabrese sausage and the result was fantastic. Last week, my beloved hubby went to a conference and had his first Rösti. He loved it so much that he asked me to prepare another one for him. This time, I filled it with chicken and Catupiry®, a very famous and delicious Brazilian cream cheese

Potato Rösti filled with Chicken and Cream Cheese

Braised Chicken Breasts with Rosemary

1 boneless chicken breast diced
1 small onion
1 tomato
2 cups of water
2 tbsp olive oil

In a medium pan , heat the oil over a medium-high flame. Add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper. Saute until are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the chicken breasts and rosemery, and simmer uncovered over low heat until cooked, about 30 minutes.

(Serves 2)

6 Yukon gold potatoes
1 braised chicken breasts
Catupiry or Cream cheese  
4 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Boil the potatoes about few minutes avoiding overcooking. Peeled and let cool. Shred potatoes on the large holes of a box grater.Toss with salt in a medium bowl. Season with pepper. Divide into four equal parts.
In a non-stick saute pan melt 1/2 a tablespoon of butter. Spread into a thin layer in the pan add the chicken and cream cheese and cover with another thin layer. Brown for 5 to 7 minutes. Invert the roesti onto pan lid and remove pan from heat. Add additional 1/2 tablespoon of butter to the preheated pan. Slide roesti into pan raw side down and brown for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to a rack and hold in a warm oven. Repeat previous steps for remaining potato mixture.


Honey Cake with White Brigadeiro Filling Covered with Chocolate Ganache - Bolo Pão de Mel

Honey cake (pão de mel, in Portuguese) is a very typical treat in Brazil. The pleasure provided from this cake started early on the oven, when the smell of sweet and spices swirl around the kitchen and coming to you. This pleasure is completed after a very moist cake slice, with lots of honey and clove savor. 

This recipe is from the notebook that my dear friend Hugo gave to me. It was one of the first recipes that I tried and immediately it became one of my specialties. You can fill it with custards, brigadeiros, caramel creams, nuts or dried fruits. Today I used a white brigadeiro filling that harmonized perfectly with the chocolate and spices flavors. It is perfect for parties when prepared as cupcakes and mini discs.

Honey Cake

1 cup honey
1 Tb whole cloves, 1 cinnamon sticks, 1 Tb fennel seeds and 1 cup water to make an infusion.
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup cold whole milk
3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of salt        
1 teaspoon baking soda
Grated nutmeg 

For the cake, preheat oven 350 F.
Make the spices infusion: in a small saucepan, combine the water, cloves, fennel seeds and cinnamon stick. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes until the mixture is fragrant. Pour into a cup through a fine mesh sieve and discard the spices. Place honey, sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until well combine. Dissolve baking soda in milk. Then add the spices infusion, milk and flour and mix until well combined. Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.  Pour the batter in a greased and floured pan and bake for approx. 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the cake come out clean.

White Brigadeiro Filling

1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1 can table cream or 8 fl oz/ 240ml heavy cream

Pour the condensed milk into a medium saucepan and place over low heat.
Add the eggs. Stir the mixture until it starts to show the bottom of the pan while you scrape it with a spoon. The mixture should be thick enough to show the bottom of the pan for a few seconds before the mixture back again. Transfer to a greased bowl. When the Brigadeiro mixture is at room temperature, add the cream and mix until combine. Place it in the fridge until decoration.

Chocolate Ganache

400g milk chocolate, chopped
200g dark chocolate, chopped
can table cream or 8 fl oz/240ml heavy cream

Melt the chocolate in the cream in a bain marie. Lower-fat crean like light cream, half-and-half, and evaporated milk tend to "break" or curdle when added to sauces. To prevent this from happening, heat the cream over low or medium heat in a bain marie before add the chocolate. Don't let the cream boil.  Whisk until you have a thick cream consistency. Pour over the cake. 

This recipe was featured on Foodbuzz Top 9 : June 10, 2011


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