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What's the best fat for vegetarian roast potatoes?

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StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Thu 05-Dec-13 12:37:35

Can't use goose fat, obviously. So what's best?

Thank you.

SissySpacekAteMyHamster Thu 05-Dec-13 12:41:49

I always just use olive oil and chuck a load of garlic and rosemary in too.

ShoeWhore Thu 05-Dec-13 12:44:30

Rapeseed oil would work well - I think it's better at v high temperatures than olive oil (although I get good results with olive oil too) - second the garlic and rosemary idea too.

Whatever you use get it really smoking hot before tipping in the parboiled and roughed up spuds and if you can cook them for a good hour in a 220-230 oven (even if just for the last bit after you take the meat out, whack it up then) Yum.

hareinthemoon Thu 05-Dec-13 12:46:11

I use a mixture of olive and sunflower oil, really really hot as shoe says.

SJisontheway Thu 05-Dec-13 12:46:34

Sunflower oil lovely for roasties

Elliptic5 Thu 05-Dec-13 12:47:42

Agree with shoe rapeseed oil is good.

LittleTulip Thu 05-Dec-13 12:49:47

A really good quality olive oil and lots of it. Salt, pepper, rosemary and a bit of garlic in the tray. My vegetarian roasties are always delicious smile

Ooh and don't forget to mega chuff them up

ShoeWhore Thu 05-Dec-13 12:51:39

Sorry I realise I mentioned meat!! On autopilot blush - anyway you might have other dishes that need cooking in the oven at a lower temp and if that's the case, give the roasties a last blast of heat. blush

mrssmith79 Thu 05-Dec-13 12:52:07

Agree with olive and lots of salt. Failing that I sometimes use groundnut. You've got a few weeks, get experimenting! Sure you'll have no trouble finding willing judges!

Toughasoldboots Thu 05-Dec-13 12:54:17

I use a mixture of olive oil and butter.

tweetytwat Thu 05-Dec-13 12:55:47

I use rapeseed oil as my general vegetable oil, makes good roasties. Though if DH isn't joining us I prefer to use the meat juices plus a bit of oil if extra fat is needed.

ouryve Thu 05-Dec-13 12:56:55

Cold pressed rapeseed oil works really well and gives them a nice nutty flavour. I almost always use it for roasties and I'm not vegetarian!

MrsBungleScare Thu 05-Dec-13 12:57:49

I use olive oil, butter, salt, garlic bulbs and rosemary.

FruitOwl Thu 05-Dec-13 12:58:08

Half and half sunflower oil and olive oil here. Great advice upthread - yy to parboiling (5 mins) and roughing up, getting oil really hot, and adding salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary. I cut mine quite small so they're really crispy, and also baste them when I add them to the oil and about 10 mins before serving. Yum!

AnAdventureInCakeAndWine Thu 05-Dec-13 13:02:49

Olive oil or half-and-half olive and rapeseed. I tend to use the half-and-half if I'm doing them with herbs and just olive if I'm doing them without.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Thu 05-Dec-13 14:44:54

Thanks everyone.

ShoeWhore - there will definitely be meat! It's for Christmas dinner. There's only one non-meat eater. Just need to make sure everything that isn't meat is suitable for her.

ShoeWhore Thu 05-Dec-13 15:33:12

Phew that's alright then. Was a bit worried you were a strict veggie and I had mortally offended you. As you were. grin

MistyB Thu 05-Dec-13 15:37:34

I think Nigella suggests tossing them in flour for extra crispyness.

Sparrowghost Thu 05-Dec-13 15:39:21

my dad swears by clarified butter - it gets much hotter then normal butter smile

SanityClause Thu 05-Dec-13 15:42:41

I use olive oil, but if you heat it up in the oven first, before adding the parboiled potatoes, they are lovely and crispy. I also do the Nigella thing mentioned above, but as we have to be gluten free, I use rice flour, rather than semolina.

Snowbility Thu 05-Dec-13 16:09:39

Clarified butter would be fab - otherwise I'd use a light flavoured olive oil.

frogspoon Sat 07-Dec-13 22:53:41

olive oil makes them lovely and crispy and golden.

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