Right-every-time roasties

Right-every-time roasties

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 8
Goose fat, vegetable oil and polenta - the secrets to the perfect roast potatoes every time

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal345
  • fat17g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.67g
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  • 2kg King Edward potato, or another roasting variety, peeled
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp polenta, or extra flour



    An Italian storecupboard staple, polenta has its roots in the peasant cuisine of northern Italy…

  • 5 tbsp goose fat
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Cut the potatoes into quarters, or eighths if really large – you want to end up with even-size 5cm pieces. Put the potatoes in a large pan of salted water and boil for 5 mins, just until the outside of the potato starts to soften. To check, try scraping a potato with a fork – it should be easy to make a mark but you shouldn’t be able to slide it into the flesh. Drain really well.

  2. Return to the pan and scatter over the flour and polenta (if using) and a little salt. Place a lid on top of the pan and give it a couple of good shakes, coating the potatoes in the flour and polenta and lightly crushing the sides.

  3. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Place the goose fat and oil in a roasting tin large enough to hold all the potatoes in one layer and heat in the oven for 5 mins. Quickly tip the potatoes in and return to the oven. Cook for 30 mins, turning once, then increase the heat to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Cook for 20 mins more or until crisp all over. Sprinkle with a little more salt, then serve.

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9th Sep, 2017
Fast, easy and totally delicious. I'm up for anything that can be prepared in advance! Received rave reviews from the entire family.
22nd Jan, 2012
These were perfect though I used only one type of fat and not as much as stated in the recipe.
5th Jan, 2012
This recipe is good but if you have a fan oven remember to adjust the temperature. I forgot to and they were crispy for the wrong reason. I will try again.
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