If you’re looking or an easy way to assimilate, I highly recommend that you check out the Swiss national dish, rösti.
Rösti originated in Bern as a breakfast dish, but today it’s served at all times of the day. Basically, it’s just hash browns, and it’s so amazingly good. Restaurants often serve it as a side dish.
You can buy rösti packs unrefrigerated at the grocery store that you just slip out of the package into a pan. You cook it on one side for about 10-15 minutes, flip it with the help of a large plate, and then cook on the other side until it’s done.
There are several varieties you should know about. Älpler comes with bacon and cheese in it, and Berner contains just bacon. The Hero brand, found at Coop, also has a vegetable one (called “Gemüse”) that adds carrots and leek. Hero also has one that contains Gruyere.
From time to time, you’ll find a sweet potato rösti at Coop that is really nice, and Migros sells a delicious butter version (“rösti de beurre”).
We prefer topping it with a bit of sour cream (found in grocery stores with the label “Saurer Halbrahm”).