ultimate roast potatoes

Ultimate roast potatoes

Ultimate roast potatoes

Make sure your roasties are perfect for Sunday lunch or even Christmas dinner – this foolproof recipe guarantees a crisp crunch that gives way to a fluffy middle



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



    • STEP 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.

    • STEP 2

      Peel 1kg potatoes and cut each into 4 even-sized pieces if they are medium size, 2-3 if smaller (5cm pieces).

    • STEP 3

      Drop the potatoes into a large pan and pour in enough water to barely cover them.

    • STEP 4

      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.

    • STEP 5

      Meanwhile, put 100g duck or goose fat or 100ml olive oil into the hot roasting tin and heat it in the oven for a few minutes, so it’s really hot.

    • STEP 6

      Drain the potatoes in a colander, then shake the colander back and forth a few times to fluff up the outsides.

    • STEP 7

      Sprinkle with 2 tsp flour and give another shake or two so they are evenly and thinly coated.

    • STEP 8

      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.

    • STEP 9

      Spread them in a single layer making sure they have plenty of room.

    • STEP 10

      Roast the potatoes for 15 mins, then take them out of the oven and turn them over.

    • STEP 11

      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.

    • STEP 12

      Scatter with the sea salt flakes and serve straightaway.

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