Golden roast potatoes

Golden roast potatoes

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 8
Don't spend Christmas morning peeling potatoes, make our freeze ahead roasties

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal224
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre3g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.04g
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  • 2½ kg Desirée or King Edward potato
  • 2 tbsp flour



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 5 tbsp goose fat or sunflower oil


  1. Peel the potatoes, then cut into halves, or quarters if large. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add a little salt, then tip the potatoes into the pan. Bring back to the boil and cook for 7 mins. Drain really well, then return to the pan and sprinkle over the flour. Place a lid on top of the pan, then pick up the pan using oven gloves or a tea towel and give it a few really hard shakes so the potatoes get bashed around (this will make them nice and crisp).

  2. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Spoon the goose fat or sunflower oil onto a large, lipped baking tray and leave to heat on the top shelf of the oven for 5 mins. Carefully pull out the tray, make sure its surface is evenly coated with the fat, then tip on the potatoes. Roast for 20 mins, then turn up the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7 and roast for another 30 mins, turning the potatoes once, until golden and crisp. Sprinkle with a little salt and serve straight away.

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16th Nov, 2016
Thinking of doing this this year as it's my first time doing Christmas dinner and I'm cooking for for 9 so could someone tell me do you need to defrost potatoes or straight into oven?
7th Dec, 2014
Well until I tried this I always thought my goose fat roasties wer the best. I tried them this way but not the frozen bit) and my partner said they were my best ever roasties. Will definitely be doing them this way from now on. Much nicer and cheaper than using goose fat.
9th Jan, 2014
Liked the idea of getting rid of the peelings and par boiling ahead of the day but wasn't overly impressed with the results. The outsides were beautifully crispy but the insides were too fluffy and insubstantial, what a shame.
28th Dec, 2013
This is a great recipe to get ahead! I cooked mine from frozen on Christmas day, having frozen them ahead as suggested. Brilliant, will use again.
20th Dec, 2012
I've made my roasties like this for years, with flour and mustard powder, and yes they are fabulous :) Just about to freeze mine for christmas, so much easier than faffing about on the day.
16th Dec, 2012
I froze my potatoes following this recipe last year as I was cooking Christmas dinner at my brother's house. It was so easy and saved a lot of hassle on the day and the result was lovely - fluffy inside and crispy outside. Perfect! However, I have just checked the recipe for timings for this year and realised that I didn't read the recipe properly last year (a common failing of mine!). I added the oil to the saucepan after adding the flour and shaking the pan, then I shook the pan again to coat and froze the potatoes when cool. On the day I pre-heated a roasting tin with a small amount of oil and cooked the potatoes from frozen as recipe. I'm doing this again this year as I used less oil and each potato is already coated evenly so no faffing with that!
8th Apr, 2012
Delicious and simple!
20th Nov, 2011
this recipe is my xmas saviour we have huge gatherings and ive just frozen 15 yes i did say15kg did this for the first time last year and they worked a treat no-one could tell certainly wouldn't do again if they had however convenient
17th Aug, 2011
I had 2.5kgs of surplus potatoes so I have just peeled par-boiled, floured and am now cooling ready for the freezer. If they are as good as everyone says, it will be a great time saver when I have visitors.
27th Feb, 2011
I tried this recipe for the first time during the week for a dinner party. They were the best roast potatoes EVER! Soft and fluffy on the inside and lovely and crisp on the outside. Everyone absolutely loved them. I will always make them this way from now on.


17th Dec, 2018
Has anyone ever made these with gluten free flour?
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17th Dec, 2018
Gluten-free flour will be fine in this recipe.
23rd Nov, 2018
Hi if freezings these ahead of the big day do you defrost before cooking in the oven or cook from frozen? Many thanks
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27th Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. The freezing and reheating information is in the recipe tip at the bottom of the recipe but in case you can't see it, here it is: If freezing ahead, simply follow the recipe to the end of step 1, then let the potatoes cool. Line 2 baking trays or sheets with greaseproof paper. Arrange the potatoes on the paper, making sure none of them are touching each other, then place in the freezer. Once frozen solid, tip the potatoes into a bag to free up some freezer space. Can be frozen for up to 1 month. Cook for 30 mins at 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 before turning the oven up.
16th Nov, 2016
Think I will try these this year as it's first time I've made Christmas dinner and I have 9 to cook for so just checking once out the freezer is it straight into oven or do you need to defrost?
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