Mountaintop Rösti with Ham, Tomatoes and Fried Egg

by Jenn on August 4, 2011

in Budget,Gluten Free,Meats,Photography

Matterhorn on the Riffelsee

Sometimes we need to let go of the world around us, our daily cares, issues that cause stress, and get away for a few days – relax, recollect, and come back ready to face the world with new resolve and vigor.  This Summer my husband and I have been doing just that, in a series of short little trips.  Last weekend we went to the top of the world (well, it felt like it to us) to slip away for three beautifully brisk and sunny days in Zermatt. It was majestic, incredible, awe-inspiring, and magical.  It was pure escapism as we explored the fantasy-like region around Zermatt and the Matterhorn, and all of our day to day cares floated with the clouds that sailed on past the mountaintops.  No worries, no stresses, nothing but pure meditative existence, scenery, and a sense of childlike exploration.  What more can one want in a holiday? :)

We gorged on Valaisian apricots as sweet as peaches in view of the Matterhorn from the comfort of our hotel.

Apricots and sunshine on the Matterhorn Matterhorn from Riffelsee

Historic Hotel Riffelberg

We ate a lunch of rösti where runny yolks from the fried eggs greeted the potatoes and cheese whilst the glaciers ever so slowly rushed towards the valley they had carved.

View from Gornergrat  - Grenzgletscher

We watched the fog and mist rise like magic in the morning as the steam and aromas wafted up from our cappuccinos, and color and light descended upon the mountain and all the hillsides.

Matterhorn at Sunrise

Watching the sunrise against the Matterhorn was quite possibly the most beautiful event I’ve ever witnessed in person.

Sunrise on the Matterhorn Matterhorn at Sunrise

We drank rosé at dinner as the clouds mirrored in kind reflecting the brilliant golden colors of the sunset.

Matterhorn at sunset

We stayed up all night into the next morning staring at the stars gradually tracing their way across the sky as we snacked on local caramel candies that responded in kind, melting effortlessly into a creamy sweet essence that lingered on the tongue.

Early Morning Star Trails above the Matterhorn

I don’t think three days have ever been so restorative, inspirational, and as filled with magic as this past weekend.  I feel so lucky to have seen such beauty with my own eyes, and I only hope I have been able to capture it in a way that does the place justice.  If you ever ever ever get the chance to go to Zermatt and stomp around the treks near the Matterhorn, definitely take advantage of it, for you will not be disappointed.

So even though it is Summer here at 27C today, I am still thinking back to last weekend, 0C up on the mountain top, enjoying a warm comforting lunch at Gornergrat during our hike.  I believe this dish was simply called Rösti Gornergrat – it’s perfect for spending the day outside wandering around hillsides, staring at the clouds as they dance around the snowy not so distant peaks.  It’s a meal to share and exchange stories with, enjoy a glass of wine over, and smile.

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Gornergrat Rösti

Preptime: 3 hour to prep/cook/cool/grate the potatoes
Cooktime: 30 min
Serves 4Ingredients:

  • about a dozen cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 kg. potatoes, peeled cooked and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • pepper & nutmeg
  • raps (canola) oil for frying
  • a few slices ham (I just used good quality deli ham, check ot make sure gluten free if you need to)
  • a couple eggs and oil to fry them in
  • 300g (around 8oz) Gruyère or Emmental cheese, grated
  • chives for garnish


  1. Place cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet and bake at about 375F or 200C until wrinkled and softened, about the time it will take to cook the rösti.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the grated potatoes, garlic, onions, and a healthy amount of pepper and nutmeg.
  3. In a large skillet, heat up a few tablespoons of oil on medium-high heat – you at least want the entire bottom of the pan to be covered.
  4. Add potatoes to the skillet, let them cook a couple minutes, then turn them and let cook a couple minutes more.  Then use your spatula to pat the potatoes down into the skillet, continuing to cook until the bottom has formed a brown crust (around 15 minutes depending on your size/shape/heat).
  5. Fold ham slices on top of the rösti and add the grated cheese, turn the heat down to med-low and cover, allowing to cook for about 10 minutes while you fry up the eggs. This will melt the cheese well.
  6. In a separate skillet, heat up some oil in the bottom of the pan and fry the eggs to your liking. Then take the rösti off the heat, remove the cover, add the eggs and tomatoes on top, garnish with chives if desired, and serve.


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