Freeze-ahead roasties

Freeze-ahead roasties

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins


Serves 8
Save precious time when planning a group meal by prepping and freezing your potatoes in advance

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal417
  • fat20g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre4g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.05g
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  • 2½ kg/5lb 8 oz Maris Piper, red-skinned or King Edward potatoes, peeled
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 140g duck or goose fat
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…


  1. Leave small and medium potatoes whole, but halve large potatoes. Tip the potatoes into a large pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil. Boil for 6 mins exactly, then drain in a colander and leave to steam-dry for a few mins. Toss in the colander to rough up the sides.

  2. Transfer to a large bowl. Shake over the flour, some salt and a little pepper, and toss well to combine. Spoon over 100g of the fat and toss to coat evenly. Lay the potatoes on a tray lined with baking parchment and freeze. Once frozen, the potatoes can be transferred to a freezer bag for easy storage. Can be frozen for up to 3 months.

  3. When ready to cook, heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pour remaining fat and the oil into a baking tray and put in the oven. When the fat is sizzling, carefully add the potatoes, then roast for 25 mins. Remove tray, then increase oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Turn over the potatoes and return to the oven for a further 40 mins until golden and crisp.

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Hilma Murray's picture
Hilma Murray
5th Jan, 2020
Brilliant, best ever.
4th Dec, 2019
I made these today as an experiment for Christmas (froze them this morning). Very disappointed they were rather dry in the middle . Back to my usual method
trumpetgirl's picture
25th Dec, 2018
We used plain old Lard but the result was fabulous. Did our potatoes 2 weeks ago & roasted them today. They were the best potatoes & more importantly, they were so easy. No peeling, or pot washing on Christmas day. We also did the parsnip & carrots & they turned out great too.
2nd Jan, 2018
Thoroughly recommend.
17th Dec, 2017
I've made these for the last two years. I use bread-grade maize flour, instead, though - as I have to cater for gluten intolerants. Great results - cooked from frozen - crispy and fluffy roast potatoes with minimal effort. Winner and keeper.
14th Dec, 2017
Can you freeze he potatoes while they're still warm or do they have to be completely cold first before freezing?, thanks
17th Dec, 2017
You have to let them cool, completely, before you put them in the freezer.
24th Feb, 2017
This works so well, I can't believe I didn't think of doing it myself! Nothing tastes like a home made roast potato, but I have occasionally bought the frozen ones for when time was short - never again. You can make a whole batch of these, and you have home made roast potatoes on tap whenever you want them. Brilliant!
23rd Jan, 2017
This makes a perfect roast potato and it's great to be able to prep ahead. Excellent recipe.
maybknot's picture
24th Dec, 2016
I was sceptical as to whether this would work. Wow! These are fantastic. Will be doing these again.


Jodie Morrison's picture
Jodie Morrison
23rd Dec, 2019
Hi, I'm making these ahead and freezing as instructed but will be taking them over to a family members in order to cook on Christmas day. It's a 2hr drive so potatoes will be defrosting during that time. Any idea how long I should cook these for in this case? Thank you
lulu_grimes's picture
24th Dec, 2019
Hi, That could be a variable amount depending on how you transport them so it's really hard to say. I would allow the same time and check them 20 mins before that time is up, then you can then leave them in if they are not ready or keep them warm if they are. I hope this helps.
22nd Dec, 2019
Do you let them go cold before or after adding the fat and flour? Thanks!
lulu_grimes's picture
23rd Dec, 2019
Hello, You add the fat and flour when they are hot. I hope you enjoy the recipe.
20th Dec, 2019
Might be a stupid question but are they cook from frozen like the ready made ones or do I need to defrost them before cooking?
14th Dec, 2018
Do I have to use Goode /duck fat?
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Dec, 2018
Thanks for your question. If you want to use oil instead, we'd suggest adding the seasoning and flour but then freezing before adding any fat. Use extra oil in step 3 and continue from there.
13th Dec, 2013
Hi, I'm cooking for vegetarians on Christmas Day. If I were to use oil instead of Goose Fat, would that still be OK to pour over the potatoes prior to freezing? If so, how much and what oil would you recommend? I usually use rapeseed.
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