“When it comes to potatoes, more is more in my family. A few Thanksgivings ago, not one but two potato dishes appeared on our table—no one batted an eye, and it’s been that way ever since. Mashed potatoes always RSVP to the party, but this year I’m serving this little Cacio e Pepe Rösti alongside it. I like that you can cut it into elegant wedges—a small slice of civility on a plate otherwise occupied by blobs and scoops. Other pros: The potatoes can be boiled the night before, and all of the cooking takes place on the stovetop, meaning you’re not competing for coveted oven space.” —Christina Chaey, senior food editor
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6 – 8 Servings
lb. russet potatoes (about 12 medium), peeled
tsp. Diamond Crystal or 1 tsp. Morton kosher salt, plus more
oz. Parmesan, finely grated, plus more for serving
tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more
Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Place potatoes in a large pot and pour in water to cover by 2″; season generously with salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer gently until potatoes are tender on the outside but still very firm in the center, 10–12 minutes. Drain potatoes; transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and chill until cool, at least 1 hour. (Fully cooling the potatoes prevents them from getting gummy.)
Grate potatoes on the large holes of a box grater or with a food processor fitted with the grater attachment. (Alternatively, you can use a mandoline fitted with a julienne slicer to create ₁⁄₁₆” matchsticks.) Transfer grated potatoes to a large bowl and toss with 2 oz. grated Parmesan, 1½ tsp. Diamond Crystal or 1 tsp. Morton kosher salt, and 2 tsp. pepper.
Heat 3 Tbsp. oil in a medium nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium. Add potato mixture and, using a heatproof rubber spatula, spread out in an even layer, pressing down on to ensure potatoes make good contact with pan. Cook, occasionally pressing down on potatoes and running spatula around edges and bottom of pan to prevent sticking, until underside is evenly golden brown and crisp, 7–9 minutes. Remove from heat.
Set a large plate upside down over pan. In one swift and confident motion, flip pan and plate to invert rösti onto plate. Set pan back over medium heat, add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil, and carefully slide in rösti, crispy side up. Using spatula, tuck edges into pan to create a neat disk. Cook until second side is golden brown, 5–7 minutes. Run spatula around edges of rösti and give pan a shake until you can feel rösti freely move around in pan. Carefully slide rösti onto a platter and top with more Parmesan and pepper. Slice into wedges to serve.
Do ahead: Potatoes can be boiled 1 day ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. Rösti (without additional cheese) can be made 3 hours ahead; store uncovered at room temperature. Reheat in a 300° oven 10 minutes before serving.
Cacio e Pepe Rösti