Friday, February 03, 2012

Cookbook Challenge: Sausages with Winter Rosti

I'm late. No, not that kind of late. 

I'm a bad blogger.

Aye. These last couple weeks have been ridiculously busy between school and both blogs and trying to get my freelance writing career off the ground and looking for a job and being sick and the list goes on and on and on. Could I possibly say "and" anymore times in that sentence?

Therefore, I am late. I was supposed to post my cookbook challenge recipe Thursday morning. I didn't. In fact, it's 7:49pm on Friday night and I just finished it. But you know what? It was worth the wait.

This little ditty comes out of dreamboat Chef Ross Dobson's, Kitchen Seasons. Eating seasonally is absolutely instrumental to my foodways and I both dine and breathe the philosophies attached to that paradigm.

I'll be honest though - at first glance I wasn't so hot on the recipe I randomly selected. I mean really, potatoes and sausage for dinner? But, as sexmagnet Chef Dobson has proven to me countless times before, his dishes are always a treat!...And so is his face. It's not for the faint of heart mind you (the dish, not his face) - and I mean that literally! The butter and sat fat quotient is a little high. And I enjoyed every last bite of it. Seriously. There's nothing left. This dish was surprisingly enjoyable and probably the least elegant of anything I've ever made. I even topped it off with some frozen peas to really class it up. The flavours and the textures however, were like two peas in a pod. Perfect.

Sausages with Winter Rosti
(printable recipe)


8 Happy Pork Sausages.
2 Tbsp Olive Oil.
Mustard, to serve.

3 Medium Russet Potatoes, peeled & quartered.
1 Head of Celeriac (approx 1 3/4 Lbs), peeled & quartered.
3 Tbsp Butter, unsalted.
3 Tbsp Olive Oil.
Sea Salt & Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.

What to Do:

Put the potatoes and celeriac in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over max heat, then immediately remove from the element and cover with a tight fitting lid. Set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and allow to cool completely before continuing.

Once cooled, grate potatoes and celeriac into a large bowl. Add 1 Tsp salt and a good helping of black pepper. Mix well to combine.

Heat half of the butter and 1 Tbsp of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat, swirling the butter around to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the potato mixture and gently press own to form a large cake. Cook for 5 minutes over high heat. Pour 1 Tbsp of olive oil around the very edge of the pan and gently shake the pan often to prevent the rosti from sticking to the bottom. Reduce the heat to medium and cok for 10 minutes, shaking the pan often.

Take a plate slightly larger than the pan. Place it on top of the pan and then carefully invert the rosti onto the plate. Add the remaining oil and butter to the pan, then carefully slide the rosti back into the pan, cooked side up, and cook for 10 more minutes.

Just before you add the oil to the pan (before the flip), cook the sausages. Heat the oil in a frying pan over low-medium heat. Prick the sausages with a fork, add them to the pan and cook for about 20 minutes, rotating them often to ensure even browning. Once golden, drain on paper towels and serve with a side of mustard of your choosing.



This post is linked up with Tasty Tuesdays; Tuesday Talent ShowThis Chick CooksFull Plate Thursday; Seasonal Inspiration; Fight Back Friday.


  1. This looks like a great winter supper, just like a very cozy evening. The potatoes look awesome just like the cover on that cookbook! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. thanks! the trickiest part is trying to organize photos and take them by the stupid winter moon. Aye!!!!!! it may be time to buy a light :)

      thanks for stopping by! See you soon!