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perfect roast potatoes

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Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Clare Chambers

A perfect roast potato is one that is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. If you have had problems getting it right in the past - here is how to do it.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Now, these really are the perfect roasted potatoes. They are crispy and crunchy outside. Inside, though, is fluffy and tender. Make sure to give them a good shake in the saucepan to rough them up. The more rough edges to crisp the better. These potatoes will be delicious alongside a proper Sunday roast.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(1 rating)
yield 4 people - alter the amount of potatoes as suits
prep time 5 Min
cook time 55 Min
method Roast

Ingredients For perfect roast potatoes

  • 8 md
    Russet potatoes
  • goose fat / duck fat or lard (shortening)

How To Make perfect roast potatoes

Test Kitchen Tips
4 oz of fat is roughly 8 Tbsp.
  • Heating a baking dish in the oven with fat.
    Preheat the oven to 250C (high). Put about 4 oz of fat/lard into a roasting dish and put the dish in the oven for about 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Cut and peeled potatoes on a cutting board.
    Peel the potatoes and cut them in half.
  • Boiling potatoes in a saucepan.
    Pop them in a saucepan and cover with water, adding a dash of salt. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.
  • Shaking drained and cooked potatoes in the saucepan.
    Drain the potatoes and then give the saucepan a good shake to roughen up the edges of the potatoes. Rough edges help them crisp up.
  • Potatoes added to the hot baking dish.
    Carefully remove the dish of fat from the oven and, using kitchen tongs, place each potato into the fat. Using a large spoon, pour the fat over the top of the potatoes.
  • Baking pan back in the oven.
    Put the potatoes in the oven for about 45 minutes.
  • Turning the partially roasted potatoes.
    Turn and baste the potatoes after 15 minutes and again at 30 minutes.
  • Potatoes removed from the oven after roasted.
    Remove the cooked potatoes from the oven and put into a warmed serving dish and serve immediately.