Perfect Traditionally English Roast Potatoes

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
1 hr

These are your standard traditional English roasties. IMO there is an art to making these, at least the perfect golden crispy kind that I grew up with. The trick is to give 'em a good shake in a colander after par-boiling to rough up the edges of the potatoes. Then once roasting; position spaced apart, turning only once or twice and basting in the hot oil every so often. If you don't manage the crispy texture (which you will, if you do the above!), they'll still taste excellent. You can't go wrong. I sometimes like to sprinkle rosemary/paprika/thyme or even a little garlic on top of mine for extra flavour.

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 4 -6 large potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 14 cup vegetable oil (or enough to cover bottom of roasting pan)

Directions

  1. Peel and quarter potatoes.
  2. Place in a saucepan with water and a pinch of the salt.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer them for 5-6 mins to slightly soften.
  4. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 400°F.
  5. When the potatoes have simmered drain them thoroughly in a colander shaking to roughen edges.
  6. Let sit for a few mins to dry.
  7. Pour just enough vegetable oil into a roasting pan (large enough to allow space around the potatoes) to cover bottom and heat in oven for a few minutes.
  8. Gently place potatoes into the hot oil and coat them with it evenly.
  9. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the potatoes.
  10. Every so often baste the potatoes in the oil to prevent drying (try not to move potatoes).
  11. Turn potatoes once or twice (no more) halfway through (after 20 mins or so) to ensure even cooking.
  12. Cook for 30-60 mins until gold and crispy (observe closely once near end).