Perfect roast potatoes

Perfect Roast Potatoes

Serves 6

  • 1.5 kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • 1 bulb garlic, broken into cloves

  • red wine vinegar

  • Flavour combo 1

  • 2 good lugs olive oil

  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary, leaves picked

  • Flavour combo 2

  • 50 g butter, cut into little cubes

  • 1 bunch fresh sage, roughly torn

  • 1 clementine

  • Flavour combo 3

  • 2 tablespoons goose fat

  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • 2 fresh bay leaves

Preheat your oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. Peel your potatoes with a knife or speed peeler and cut any larger ones so they're all an even-size - twice the size of a squash ball is about right. Wash your potatoes in cold water to get rid of any extra starch then tip into a large pot, cover with cold water and season well. Bring to the boil and cook for about 6 to 7 minutes, so that they're parboiled, then drain in a colander and leave to steam dry for 3 minutes. Give the colander a bit of a shake to help chuff up the potatoes – this will help to make them super crisp later on.



At this point, you need to decide which flavour combo to go with. Tip your potatoes into a tray or pan in one layer, and add your fat – olive oil, butter or goose fat – then season really well with salt and pepper. At this stage, I'm not going to add any more flavour. Toss your potatoes in the fat, or use a spoon or fish slice to mix it all up. You could get the potatoes up to this stage the day before, simply cover them with cling film or tin foil and pop in the bottom of your fridge or in a cool place until you need them. Put your potatoes in the hot oven to cook for 30 minutes until lightly golden and three quarters cooked.



Now's the time for my new trick. Gently squash each potato with a potato masher to increase the surface area – the more of your potato that's in contact with the pan, the crispier it will be. Whichever fat you're using, you now want to prepare the rest of the flavourings. Add a good lug of olive oil to a small bowl and add the herbs, garlic and a splash of red wine vinegar, then scrunch and mix it up a bit. If you're using butter, peel in a good few strips of clementine zest with a speed peeler – you won't eat these but they'll add amazing flavour. Add the flavour to your potatoes and give the pan a good shake, then pop back in the hot oven for 40 to 45 minutes until perfect for your liking. You're looking for gnarly, crispy, bubbly and delicious.



Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain off some of the excess fat, then tuck in! I'd be happy with any of these flavour combos, but this year I'll be going for butter, but maybe with the rosemary and garlic. So you really can mix it up however you like.

Nutritional Information

Perfect roast potatoes

Crunchy, fluffy, spot-on spuds

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Everyone loves roasties – a few tricks and flavour combos will give you a real crowd pleaser
Serves 6
1h 35m (plus 5 for making flavours)
Super easy
Method

One thing's for sure, if you can master the perfect roast potatoes, you're well on your way to the perfect Christmas dinner. This year, with a few extra tricks, I've managed to get them spot on. I've discovered that the humble potato masher is the secret to the perfect roastie, and you lot out there will be able to make these at home no problem. I've done a lot of potatoes, as it's always better to have too many so you've got some leftover. I don't expect you to have different flavoured spuds for Christmas, I'm just giving you options so you can choose whatever's perfect for you.

Preheat your oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. Peel your potatoes with a knife or speed peeler and cut any larger ones so they're all an even-size - twice the size of a squash ball is about right. Wash your potatoes in cold water to get rid of any extra starch then tip into a large pot, cover with cold water and season well. Bring to the boil and cook for about 6 to 7 minutes, so that they're parboiled, then drain in a colander and leave to steam dry for 3 minutes. Give the colander a bit of a shake to help chuff up the potatoes – this will help to make them super crisp later on.

At this point, you need to decide which flavour combo to go with. Tip your potatoes into a tray or pan in one layer, and add your fat – olive oil, butter or goose fat – then season really well with salt and pepper. At this stage, I'm not going to add any more flavour. Toss your potatoes in the fat, or use a spoon or fish slice to mix it all up. You could get the potatoes up to this stage the day before, simply cover them with cling film or tin foil and pop in the bottom of your fridge or in a cool place until you need them. Put your potatoes in the hot oven to cook for 30 minutes until lightly golden and three quarters cooked.

Now's the time for my new trick. Gently squash each potato with a potato masher to increase the surface area – the more of your potato that's in contact with the pan, the crispier it will be. Whichever fat you're using, you now want to prepare the rest of the flavourings. Add a good lug of olive oil to a small bowl and add the herbs, garlic and a splash of red wine vinegar, then scrunch and mix it up a bit. If you're using butter, peel in a good few strips of clementine zest with a speed peeler – you won't eat these but they'll add amazing flavour. Add the flavour to your potatoes and give the pan a good shake, then pop back in the hot oven for 40 to 45 minutes until perfect for your liking. You're looking for gnarly, crispy, bubbly and delicious.

Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain off some of the excess fat, then tuck in! I'd be happy with any of these flavour combos, but this year I'll be going for butter, but maybe with the rosemary and garlic. So you really can mix it up however you like.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 290
    15%
  • Carbs 40.8g
    16%
  • Sugar 1.7g 2%
  • Fat 10.6g 15%
  • Saturates 1.4g 7%
  • Protein 5.7g 13%
Of an adult's reference intake

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