The best-ever roast potatoes recipe
- 1 medium potato per person or more if feeding teenagers (choose a floury or an all-purpose variety – Agria are my favourites)
- A decent slosh oil
- Generous 1-2 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons duck fat
- Preheat oven to 200°C. Peel the potatoes and cut into biggish, even-sized pieces – too small and you will end up with all crispy crust and no fluffy spud.
- Place the potatoes in a large pot of cold water, add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Boil for 2-3 minutes then drain. Return the pot of potatoes to the heat to dry out, shaking the pot to turn the spuds and rough up the sides.
- Put the oil and butter or duck fat into a roasting pan in the oven to heat. Carefully tip the potatoes into the hot pan, coating them in the hot fat. Bake, turning occasionally, until they are crisp and golden.
- If you are cooking the potatoes with a joint of meat the oven temperature will likely be lower. When the meat is cooked, remove it from the oven to rest, crank the temperature up high and give the spuds a blast while the meat rests. The gentle cooking will have made them tender on the inside and the hot finish will crisp them.