Jamie Oliver's Roast Potatoes, Parsnips, and Carrots

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

Quoted from Jamie Oliver's website: "Have a go at this recipe – it will give you potatoes that are perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. The principle of parcooking in boiling water, then tossing in flavoured oil and roasting until deliciously golden and crisp, is just about the same for any other root veg, particularly parsnips and carrots, so I’ve included these in this recipe too."


  1. Heat oven to 400°.
  2. Peel the vegetables and halve any larger ones lengthways. Break the garlic bulb into cloves, leaving them unpeeled, and bash them slightly with the palm of your hand. Pick the rosemary leaves from the woody stalks.
  3. Put the potatoes and carrots into a large pan – you may need to use two – of salted, boiling water on a high heat and bring back to the boil.
  4. Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then add the parsnips and cook for another 4 minutes.
  5. Drain in a colander and allow to steam dry. Take out the carrots and parsnips and put to one side.
  6. Fluff up the potatoes in the colander by shaking it around a little – it’s important to ‘chuff them up’ like this if you want them to have all those lovely crispy bits when they’re cooked.
  7. Add the olive oil, garlic, and rosemary leaves.
  8. Put the vegetables into the tray with a good pinch of salt and pepper and stir them around to coat them in the flavours.
  9. Spread them out evenly into one layer – this is important, as you want them to roast, not steam as they will if you have them all on top of each other
  10. Cook for approximately 40 minutes or until the vegetables become browned and crispy.
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I know this is more of a technique than a recipe, and I bet lots of people are familiar with it already, but WOW! I have never seen my brood tear through carrots like they just tore through these tonight. They were absolutely perfect: naturally sweet, tender without being mushy, and the simple seasoning really worked. The tip about "chuffing" the potatoes was key - lots of yummy crunchy bits! I had gotten a bunch of multicolored carrots, and this has to be the most beautiful way possible to prepare them. I wish I'd gotten a picture, but it was gone too quickly! I'll be making this again, no question.

LightEra March 24, 2012