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.


Also submitted to Slight Indulgent Tuesdays


Cooks_Books August 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Simply stunning photos. I’ve been to the Matterhorn, years and years ago. Even though it was amazingly beautiful, I don’t remember it looking quite as beautiful as in your photos!

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 12:00 am

Oh thanks so much!

Jennifer (Delicieux) August 5, 2011 at 12:05 am

Wow I LOVE the first photo of the mountains! It’s SO beautiful,it had me captivated for a while. I love how the mountains are reflected in the lake. So beautiful.

The rosti looks delicious too. I love how you’ve served eggs on top.

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 12:08 am

Thanks so much! Last weekend was the first time I’d had rösti with an egg on top – it’s definitely perfect with the potatoes :)

Kalinda August 5, 2011 at 12:36 am

Beautiful beautiful photos. I especially like the time-elapse one of the stars. And the panoramic shot right above it. Simply stunning.

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 12:37 am

Thank you Kalinda!

Lindsey@Lindselicious August 5, 2011 at 12:41 am

Oh I have never heard of this- it looks yum. The fried egg is like the bonus on top!

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 7:34 am

Thanks so much! Rösti is a Swiss dish, and usually is served as a round potato pancake of sorts – often can have onions, or apples, or cheese, within it, or a variety of toppings…

dario @ foodpixels August 5, 2011 at 12:45 am

Awesome place, I sometimes miss the mountains…. then I forget about it:)
Apricots in backlight by the window is a winner.

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 7:35 am

Thanks Dario!

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats August 5, 2011 at 12:51 am

Your photos as beautiful – and rosti is definitely a fond childhood memory for me – crispy and salty and delicious. Yum.

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 7:36 am

Thanks Valerie!

Sonia@7spice August 5, 2011 at 2:38 am

Oh myyyy!!! jaw-dropping post, Jen!

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 7:36 am

Thanks Sonia!

Mairi @ Toast August 5, 2011 at 2:43 am

I want to go to Switzerland….it looks specatular. Those rosti sound pretty good too…anythnig with fried potatoe of any sort works for me :)

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 7:37 am

Thanks Mairi! Yeah rösti is pretty much comfort food at its finest :)

jas @ gluten free scallywag August 5, 2011 at 3:09 am

I want to come visit you your weekend looks utterly spectacular you definitely captured it and did it justice, meanwhilst, my empty belly is screaming out for this rosti!!! (bring on sunday morning I say!)

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 7:40 am

Haha! Yeah every day I become more and more convinced that Switzerland is an absolutely awesome place to holiday :) Def. visit sometime :)

Boulder Locavore August 5, 2011 at 5:19 am

Jenn, you know what I think of your photography but I am completely slack jawed looking at the landscape photos! I have spent quite a bit of time in and around Switzerland and you capture the essence of what people think of when they think of your fair country. The photos are simply extraordinary. I think you need to submit them to National Geographic or the Suisse Toursim board. I’m not kidding.

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 7:49 am

Awww thanks so much! Ha it’s not “my country”, I’m just “visiting” for a couple years…. :) But living here has taught me that I really need to do the same thing back in the States – I think I need to do a few grand road trips to photograph the national parks and iconic locations of the U.S…

Zoe August 5, 2011 at 8:03 am

I like the apricots photo, too; it’s magical. Is rosti a traditional Swedish dish? I don’t remember if you’ve mentioned it before. It’s so simple!

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

Thanks Zoe – I don’t know much about Swedish food, but rösti is a traditional Swiss dish :) I have one other post about rösti which is a bit more of a traditional take… Rösti, a naturally gluten-free Swiss Tradition

Linda - Lost in Switzerland August 5, 2011 at 8:06 am

Amazing pictures!!! …..and I know it’s only 8am, but now I have a craving for Rosti =p

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

Thanks! Yeah I think rösti can easily be breakfast food – esp. if served with a fried egg :)

Rosa August 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

I might sound like a broken record, but I have to say it again: your Zermatt/Matterhorn pictures are amazing!

That Rösti sounds and looks fabulous! I cannot resist anything that is made with both potatoes and eggs.



Jenn August 5, 2011 at 8:44 am

Thanks so much Rosa!!

Mila August 5, 2011 at 9:03 am


Jenn August 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm


Christine August 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Awesome photos! And what a wonderful,p week end you had! Difficult to forget?!! Thx for sharing :)

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Thanks so much :)

Life Images by Jill August 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I’ve just found your site through Flickr – stunning images. And wonderful cooking pics. I am so glad to have made contact, and have added you to my blog list on my blog, so I can keep coming back.
Thanks for sharing with us.

Jenn August 6, 2011 at 6:05 am

Thanks so much!! Hope you enjoy :)

Krystal R August 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Simply gorgeous, I pinned the photo, and printing this recipe. I want this for breakfast tomorrow!! YUM!

Jenn August 6, 2011 at 6:05 am

Thanks Krystal!

Nami | Just One Cookbook August 6, 2011 at 12:47 am

Sherron of Simple Gormet Photography sent me here. I love your blog and pictures… OMG!!!! It will take me 100 years to achieve your level of photography. I”m your new follower! Off to check your archives… 😉

Jenn August 6, 2011 at 6:06 am

Thanks so much!! :)

Nikki August 6, 2011 at 7:23 am

Just found your blog searching for raspberries and double creme a la Gruyere. I’m following! Many in my family are gluten free and we’re heading to Switzerland next month.

Gorgeous photos!

Jenn August 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Oh thank you so much! Yes the meringues au vin cuit and double crème de la Gruyère are one of my favorite desserts here en Suisse – hope you have a great time!

InTolerantChef August 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

What a lovely way to spend a weekend. That view is just so inspirational, no wonder you felt so refreshed and inspired. Those photos are amazing, how could you bring yourself to leave?
I love rostis and eggs with runny yolks make the perfect accompaniment, yumm…

Jenn August 9, 2011 at 8:58 am

Ha it was tough, such a magical place… thanks :)

Simone August 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Gorgeous photos Jenn! You managed to capture the magic of the place for sure. I’ve never been there yet, but if I get in the area will definitely go!

Jenn August 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Thanks Simone!

Kevin (Closet Cooking) August 10, 2011 at 3:43 am

That rosti with the tomatoes looks really good!

Jenn August 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Thanks Kevin!

Jeanne @ CookSister! August 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Oh Jenn – I LOVE everything about this post! I have never been a mountain person until we took up skiing – and then in 2008 we went to Chamonix for 5 days in the middle of summer – Our chalet was below the Aguille du Midi and every afternoon if you opened the front door you could see the light on the peak change from yellow to pink before finally disappearing. It gave me goosebumps every day. I felt so energised and inspired by being there so can really relate to your post! And what’s not to like abotu rosti?!

Jenn August 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Oh how fun! I have not been to Chamonix yet, but it is on my list to get to – and rösti is perfect for literally any time of day or year :)

Anamika August 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Wow I’m simply smitten…and just so excited that I would be visiting this beautiful world in a fortnight!! Which part of Switzerland do you stay?

Jenn August 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Thanks so much! I live en Suisse-Romande, but Zermatt is in the canton of Valais on the German speaking side.

Amanda L. (Tales from a Kitchen Misfit) August 12, 2011 at 2:59 am

These photos are simply stunningly beautiful! Makes me feel like I am there, almost 😉

Jenn August 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Thank you so much!! It was a fantastic place to visit :)

Gen August 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Such beautiful landscapes! What an evasion!

Jenn August 15, 2011 at 1:44 am


Barbara September 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Jenn, when I read your blog, I feel inferior. Your photos are amazing, your food looks delicious, and you write so eloquently.

Kylie Chua June 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

Hello Jenn,

This entry has totally inspired a trip to Zermatt this October. May I know which hotel did you stay and which hiking trail did you take to allow such beautiful scenery ( lake, church backdrop)? I cant stop staring at the pictures :))

Jenn June 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

thanks! I just sent you an email :)

Rahul June 22, 2012 at 10:40 am

Amazing photos…..I have been to Zermatt many times and only for the love of Matternhorn…I dont think there could be a more beautiful mountain in the whole wide world than the towering Matternhorn. But you must have been very lucky to be able to see Matternhorn in such glory since the weather in Zermatt is very tricky and clouds spoil the fun more often than not…

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