Rosti cottage pie with fresh Chorizo sausages, bacon, minced pork, fennel, curly kale and kidney

rosti pie topping

This is my attempt to do a cottage pie with lots of pork inside a pressure pan with a Rosti topping instead of mashed potatoes. I think it turned out pretty good despite the medley of ingredients – that’s what makes it work! :)

rosti cottage pie

You will need:

  • Rosti
  • Chorizo sausages
  • Minced pork
  • Fennel
  • Curly kale
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Whole pig kidney

frying rosti

I made the Rosti topping first. It’s a Swiss potato dish that comes out flat. It consists of sliced potatoes and herbs and you can make your own but we bought this packaged Rosti that had just enough to fill the pan.


I needed it to fill the pan coz it’s supposed to be a cottage pie – like a Shepard’s pie, the Rosti needed to cover all the ingredients underneath. I pan fried it until it was cooked and set it off to the side while I made the other ingredients in the pie.

bacon fryup

Next up was the bacon. I fried about 12 rashers of streaky bacon so I ended up with about 3 heaped tablespoons of fragrant pork oil.

bacon grease

Check it out! All this yield from just a dozen rashers of bacon. :)

chorizo sausages

The oil was used to fry up the fresh Chorizo sausages. I chose the fresh Chorizos as opposed to the cured sausage coz I didn’t want the flavorful sausages to overpower the taste of the pie.

fresh chorizo sausages

Plus, it was on special when we bought it so it cost just RM 31.57 for 4 sausages – about RM 8 per sausage (!!!). I also set these aside.

sliced fennel

Next, I cut up the fennel to small pieces and set it aside. I learned how to prepare fennel from a YouTube video and wanted to add it to the pie. Again, set this aside. I didn’t need to cook this so everything that needed to be cooked was given the heat treatment then set aside and the raw ingredients were just set to one side to be combined later in the cottage pie.

steamed kale

The curly kale was steamed while I was working on cooking the Chorizo sausages. Steamed kale is the best way to prepare it coz it retains all of it’s nutrients. It tastes delicious too!


I went on to cook the whole pig kidney. I didn’t slice it up or do anything fancy – it was just chucked into the frying pan with the remainder of the oil from the bacon fry up and then cooked for a bit.

broke spatula

It was a bit of a challenge to do this coz I forgot to take it out of the freezer and I actually broke a spatula while trying to fry it evenly!

pork mince

After replacing the spatula, I took about a pound of fresh minced pork and fried it. There was still bacon grease at this point! smirk

rosti pie ingredients

Now that I had everything I wanted to cook prepared and waiting set off and ready for the final combination. This is everything that goes into the Rosti cottage pie!

egg filling

I used four (4) eggs and beat them with some flour and baking powder…

raw milk

…before topping the mixture off with raw milk. This is an awesome find. It’s unpasteurized and non-homogenized milk. It’s supposed to be heated up before drinking (due to health concerns) but it tasted just fine from the bottle. Every bottle tastes different too coz there’s no homogenized treatment! I love this milk but it’s really *expensive* at about RM 9+ for 1 liter.

butter lined pan

I also used a long tube of butter and greased up the surface of the non-stick pressure fryer.

kidney pie

I then dumped everything except the vegetables into it – Chorizo sausages, bacon, minced pork, kidney.

meaty pie filling

The egg + fresh milk + flour + baking powder mixture was poured to cover all the meat inside.

setting pie

This was cooked for about 3 minutes and right before the egg mixture solidified, I put the pieces of sliced raw fennel into it.

fennel pie

I then closed the pressure pan again and let it cook until everything was done.

kale topping

The steamed curly kale was added on top and then the pressure pan closed so that it’ll retain the pie shape.

rosti topping

I left it for a couple of seconds before opening it again and sliding the cooked Rosti for the topping. It was left for another minute so the general shape of the cottage pie would be firm.

rosti pie serving

I served this just like a regular cottage pie. It tasted really good! The fresh Chorizo sausages and bacon added a lot of flavor to the pie. The minced pork filled it up and the generous bits of fennel and the curly kale topping made this into a full nutritious meal.

rosti pie

I think my Rosti cottage pie with fresh Chorizo sausages, bacon, minced pork, fennel, curly kale and kidney was quite awesome! My better half even ate more than her usual serving! :)

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37 thoughts on “Rosti cottage pie with fresh Chorizo sausages, bacon, minced pork, fennel, curly kale and kidney

  1. Ooohh…this is awesome dish. It was the rosti and sausage that make this cottage pie so delicious, dear. I like the way you cook the kale compared to my version. I want to make the rosti from scratch some day, dear!

    • Yup, I loved it too dear! :)

      I want to make our own rosti too!

      I think it’ll be easy, just need grated potatoes, much cheaper than buying this RM 14.95 pack which couldn’t even cover the entire pan!

      We’ll do it together dear! <3

    • Cheers buddy! :)

      I think it was the sausages, they’re pretty good!

      I’m used to cured Chorizos, these fresh ones are nice but a bit expensive, at around RM 8 per sausage (and that’s on sale).

    • It’s good stuff mate! :)

      It’s like steak and kidney pie, always loved that one…and pork and apple pie, a weird but good combo I discovered as a high school student in Christchurch.

    • Yeah! I love how the bacon and Chorizo sausages came out! :)

      Those were the only two “flavored” ingredients, other than the packaged rosti. I didn’t want to use *any* salt or sugar so I figured the topping should be ultra flavorful like from a packet.

      I want to make this myself though – RM 14.95 for this is a bit on the high side for basically grated potatoes.

    • Yeah, those were the two ingredients that gave it lots of porky goodness! :)

      I fryed up a dozen rashers of bacon, could have been more really, I counted 12 and then added in more as I felt needed to fill in the pan. Haha!

    • Thanks Mel! :)

      The streaky bacon is a 1 kg bag from Meaty Foods. You know, the deli brand that’s everywhere. It’s in non-halal sections of most supermarkets.

      I was surprised the huge processing plant Meaty Foods has such good bacon too! :D

    • Yup, it’s very chewy and it tastes good to me! :)

      I wish I had sliced it so it’s more like a steak and kidney pie though.

  2. HB, well I rather slice up the kidney for kidney pie. As for other ingredients I see it for a quiche pie with the cheese . Sliced up and mix with eggs and milk and cheese and add some flour and butter it form it own crust while it baked.

    • Yeah, you’re right! :)

      I wish I had done it that way too – would have tasted like the kidney in steak and kidney pie.

      Quiche eh? I want to bake that but my better half is not a huge fan of cheese.

  3. You really amazed me with your cooking!!! I always watched those Chefs Masters on TV and imagine that you might someday host a cooking show too. I love what you have just cooked! I always learn something new from your kitchen! Thanks Chef HB.

    • Thanks buddy! :)

      I’m not that good actually, just playing around in the kitchen.

      I think the most important thing is to have interest, then you’re good to go! :D

  4. Bright Cows raw milk is fresh (locally sourced) and creamy (Jersey cow)…but you got to try the cream! Just skim off the cream and use it for coffee, spread or anything else. Leave some with the milk so it won’t taste like skimmed milk.

    The family that owns the business is at the Central Park 1U farmer’s market every first Sunday of the month. They are super nice and you can get free samples and the 1 liter bottle for RM8.

    • Thanks for the info mate! :)

      Yup, I agree, it’s great milk, just a bit steep on the pricing…

      …but I guess that’s what you pay for quality!

      I love raw milk, I once drank the cream straight from the bottle and it was soooooooo good until my second gulp and I realized I didn’t shake the bottle.

    • Thanks Hazel! :)

      Yup, rosti is good stuff!

      We want to make it ourselves next time, I just bought the packet for taste coz I didn’t use any seasoning in the dish – not even salt and pepper!

      The taste comes from rosti, Chorizo sausages and bacon. :D

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