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How To Make Roast Potatoes

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If you want to know how to make roast potatoes, and not only that, how to make perfect roast potatoes, then this is especially for you.

A lot of people want to know how to make roast potatoes around their roast chicken. It is possible, but very tricky because there is normally too much crammed into one roasting pan, so the potatoes braise in the chicken juices and don’t get crispy. It is better to save those juices for your gravy.

How To Make Roast Potatoeshow to make roast potatoes

You will need:

1.5 kg large potatoes

sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

a half a cup of duck fat preferably or any other type of fat


Preheat the oven to 220 degrees celsius and put the oven rack in the middle.

Fill a large pot with cold salted water, deep enough to cover all your potatoes once they are in.

Peel peel your potatoes and cut into thirds. Drop into the pot of water as you go.

Put the lid on and bring to the boil over a high heat. From the moment that they start to boil, time it for 4 minutes, and then remove from the heat and drain the potatoes in a colander.

Tip the potatoes back into the pot, and add plenty of salt and pepper.

Put the lid on and use a dishcloth to hold the lid on firmly. Shake the pot with all your might so that the potatoes tumble together and create those rough edges.

Drop the fat into the roasting pan and heat in the oven until it is smoking.

Carefully add the potatoes into the pan one by one using tongs. They should spit as they land. Turn the potatoes to cover them in fat and get them straight into the oven.

Roast for 60 to 90 minutes, turning occasionally until crisp and golden.

This recipe feeds 4 to 6 people.


If you dry the tumbled potatoes in the fridge overnight (uncovered and in a single layer) this consolidates the crust and gives a softer inside, and these will now be a perfect roast potatoes.

So now you know how to make roast potatoes.



6 thoughts

  • angela
    December 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Hi, you have a great selection of recipes. Christmas is coming up and I like your potato recipe, I might try to put that on the table. Your site is easy to read. The only thing would putting more pictures on the home page and have a header. You probably have a lot more you would like to do.

    • admin
      December 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Angela. This is a relatively new site for me, so in time maybe will jazz it up.

  • RN Didi
    December 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Great recipe Michel,

    I like cooking roast potatoes, I think there are a good alternative choice to rice or couscous. But I was wondering if they were actually an healthy choice? I hear so many controversial things about potatoes… I usually do them mashed or directly under the oven…I’ve never really tried to boil them first. But I will certainly try now!

    Thanks again!

    • admin
      December 29, 2016 at 3:51 am

      No roast potatoes are not the healthiest way of cooking potatoes, baking them in their skins is. Roast potatoes are just so yummy!

      Thanks for your comment.

  • Summerly
    March 15, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I definitely need to use this recipe next time Imake potatoes. I love roast potatoes but never make them because I don’t know how and I am really not the best person to be working in the kitchen! I just do the easy mashed or baked…or instant potatoes! These look fairly easy to make and they look delicious too!

    • admin
      March 16, 2017 at 8:51 am

      I am also not the best person in the kitchen, but these roast potatoes are really simple to do and always come out well, unless of course you burn them.

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