Crisp bacon rosti with fried eggs

(from xombi’s recipe box)

Source: Mary Berry

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves 2 people

Categories: Breakfast


  • sunflower oil, for frying
  • 2 rashers smoked back bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 500g/1lb 2oz floury potatoes, coarsely grated
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 20cm/8in lidded frying pan, add the bacon and fry over a high heat until crisp. Remove the bacon and set aside. Add the onion to the pan and fry for 1 minute. Cover, lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes, until soft and tender.

  2. Put the potatoes inside a clean tea towel and wring out as much water as possible by squeezing the towel – this prevents the rosti from being soggy. Put the potato in a bowl, add the onion and bacon. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.

  3. Return the pan to the heat and add 1 tablespoon oil. When the oil is hot add the potato mixture. Using the back of a spoon press the mixture into the pan so there is an even layer covering the whole pan.

  4. Cook over a low heat for 5–10 minutes, then carefully turn over. The easiest way is to turn it upside down onto a plate and then slide it back into the pan (you may need to add a little more oil into the pan first). Cook the other side for 5–10 minutes, until golden and crisp.

  5. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the eggs until cooked to your liking.

  6. Cut the rosti into wedges and divide between plates, top with the eggs and serve.

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