Ultimate roast potatoes

Ultimate roast potatoes

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This foolproof recipe will ensure even first timers get crispy skins and fluffy insides. Make sure your potatoes are perfect for Sunday lunch or even Christmas dinner

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving (using olive oil)

kcalories
391
protein
5g
carbs
43g
fat
23g
saturates
3g
fibre
3g
sugar
0g
salt
0.42g

Ingredients

  • 1kg Maris Piper potato
  • 100g duck or goose fat fat (for a luxurious taste), or 100ml/3½fl oz olive oil
  • 2 tsp flour
  • Maldon salt, to serve

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Method

  1. Put a roasting tin in the oven (one big enough to take the potatoes in a single layer) and heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Peel the potatoes and cut each into 4 even-sized pieces if they are medium size, 2-3 if smaller (5cm pieces). Drop the potatoes into a large pan and pour in enough water to barely cover them. Add salt, then wait for the water to boil. As soon as the water reaches a full rolling boil, lower the heat, put your timer on and simmer the potatoes uncovered, reasonably vigorously, for 2 mins. Meanwhile, put your choice of fat into the hot roasting tin and heat it in the oven for a few mins, so it’s really hot.
  2. Drain the potatoes in a colander. Now it’s time to rough them up a bit – shake the colander back and forth a few times to fluff up the outsides. Sprinkle with the flour, and give another shake or two so they are evenly and thinly coated. Carefully put the potatoes into the hot fat – they will sizzle as they go in – then turn and roll them around so they are coated all over. Spread them in a single layer making sure they have plenty of room.
  3. Roast the potatoes for 15 mins, then take them out of the oven and turn them over. Roast for another 15 mins and turn them over again. Put them back in the oven for another 10-20 mins, or however long it takes to get them really golden and crisp. The colouring will be uneven, which is what you want. Scatter with salt and serve straight away.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2005

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pompeylad999's picture
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I have always loved my Dads roast potatoes. I did these and the flour really does help them crisp up! I boiled for around 15 mins to start with, then an hour in the oven. Delicious!

desdemona67's picture

I use ground semolina instead of flour. :)

hils_babe's picture
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I've been doing roasties like this for years! I do parboil for slightly longer and use semolina rather than flour as this makes them extra crispy! But you can't beat the flavour, even my veggie daughter claims this is her 'very guilty pleasure' as I only use goose fat.

sephirothsangel's picture
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Whenever I've tried to make roast potatoes before, they haven't turned out quite right. These were absolutely perfect! I made them for the first time for Christmas dinner and I would recommend them to anyone.

poppet21's picture
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I always mix mustard powder to the flour, it gives them that wee bit more of a bite, but they always are delicious.

tina1986's picture
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I love roasting potatoes in goose fat all year round! Here is a website I found- the goose fat information service, which provides alternative goose fat recipes.

http://www.goosefat.co.uk/page/home

They are also running a competition on their website to win a Le Creuset Casserole dish!

laureana's picture
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these were the best roast potatoes i have ever had (sorry mum!) they were so crispy but fluffy on the inside, yum yum!

jbramley's picture
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For some reason I've always had problems when cooking with potatoes, this is the 1st time everybody has eaten every last bit of potatoe on their plate :D gorgeous

clairey09's picture
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These are THE best potatoes ever! I will always now cook my roast potatoes this way for ever more, the amount of good feedback I had from everyone after eating them at our Sunday Roast was unbelievable, now they all want to know my secret.....!

shaunie_tiger's picture
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very yummy

angrypirate1's picture

Tried these on Sunday and they turned out a treat!

devonsmokehouse's picture

great recipe, potatoes crisped up lovely, we tried it with smoked salt as well which gave it a subtle smokiness

devonsmokehouse's picture

great recipe, potatoes crisped up lovely, we tried it with smoked salt as well which gave it a subtle smokiness

misswah's picture
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So crispy and light! Could have done with ten more mins in the oven though, oh well they all got eaten and there is always next time!

valentinag's picture
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It is a great new way to bake potatoes!

ohlamour1976's picture
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Scrumptious!

catmandoo's picture
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I thought goose fat only ever came out to be cooked with around xmas time. Wouldn't do roasties any other way now (boiled for 5 mins first). Served mine with chicken thighs (much more flavour on the bone, breast somewhat over rated in my opinion) and heaps of gravy. A delicious and cheap family meal.

mellowmark's picture
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Delicious, but I parboil them for a bit longer (around 4 minutes) as it makes the outsides softer and they can be bashed up a bit after steam drying. Flour or semolina both work well for crispiness.

lorna1972's picture
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These were really delicious. Next time I shall par-boil for just a little longer to make them that little bit fluffier - but apart from that delicious!

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