When it comes to making roast potatoes, I’m sure we all think our mum’s technique is the best one – but yours will be the talk of the dinner table after reading these top tips for the best roast potatoes.
First, make sure you’re using the right kind of potatoes.
According to chefs the best potato to use for roasting is a floury variety like Maris Pipers, but if you can’t get hold of those, King Edwards also work well.
Next, preparing them for roasting.
Once you have the right potatoes, there are a few things you need to do before you start roasting.
Firstly, consider the size and shape of each roast potato and cut them accordingly, according to those in the know, it is best to have as many edges as possible to maximise the crunch! Once they are peeled and cut how you like, you will need to parboil them – this is essential to ensure a fluffy inside and a crispy outside.
The best way to parboil potatoes is to cover them with cold water and a handful of salt and bring them to boil for seven minutes. Drain and then shake in a colander and let them dry and cool slightly before roasting.
When it comes to the actual roasting, the trick is in the fat that you use. Chefs will recommend goose fat, but if you’re a vegetarian, watching your wait or don’t fancy having to melt fat while preparing your dinner there are a few other options.
Coconut oil is a good alternative for the vegans and vegetarians, or you can use regular vegetable oil as a substitute.
Now you’ve got your potatoes ready for roasting, the fat in the roasting tin and the oven on, how long do you cook them for the perfect roastie? Well, that depends on who you ask. Some chefs like a long roast, while others go for a short cooking time and a high heat, really though it depends what else you have in your oven. The best thing to do is to just keep checking on them until they are done – that way, you won’t have to wait around for one thing to cook or risk overcooking something else.
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