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I need a roast potatoes for idiots recipe please

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Cupidity Mon 17-Aug-20 13:38:23

I am not great at cooking. But I want to mater roast potatoes. I'm not sure if this is a bit ambitious or not. But I am looking for a recipe that is foolproof.

So f you can make amazing roast potatoes please help! I need step by step instructions (down to which type of potatoes to use or avoid).

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Littlebeachhut Mon 17-Aug-20 13:42:31

Boil for ten minutes Drain and leave to dry fully let all the steam come off them. Then pore over oil or for next level potatoes use goose fat or beef dripping into the pan place lid on and shake so they all get coated. then place into pre heated tray from oven set at 200 fan or 220 non fan for around 45-1 hour

Swallowzandamazons Mon 17-Aug-20 13:48:25

Peel and cut into similar sized pieces, then par-boil for 10 minutes and drain. Allow to steam dry for 10 -15 minutes. I then put the lid on the pan and shake it gently to roughen up the edges of the spuds. Just gently - you don't want to end up with mash!

I have a roasting pan preheating in the oven whilst the spuds are drying. I then drizzle a tablespoon or two of rapeseed oil over the potatoes and stir well so they're coated as evenly as possible. Then take the pan out of the oven and quickly spread the spuds over the the sizzling hot tray, ensuring they don't touch each other if possible. Shove back in oven for 35 - 40 minutes.

I personally prefer rapeseed oil as I find it gives the crispiest result in my opinion. Use whatever fat you prefer, I just hate greasy roasties.

user1488622199 Mon 17-Aug-20 13:49:08

This one works for me op. I put my baking tray on a lit hob and turn the potatoes so they’re all covered in the oil before I put them in the oven.

nocoolnamesleft Mon 17-Aug-20 13:49:52

Start with a decent roasting potato, I like Maris piper. Peel and chop. Boil for 10 mins. Drain,shake, and leave to dry. In the meantime have preheated in the oven a roasting tin containing at least 1cm depth hot vegetable oil (I like crisp and dry). Place potatoes in hot oil and baste well. Baste again after about 20 mins. When starting to crisp, turn them over in the oil. When done, remove and enjoy.

Ihaventgottimeforthis Mon 17-Aug-20 13:54:44

Potato type is key - you want floury textured ones like maris piper, king edward etc to give a lighter middle and a rough outside.
Also after par-boiling, give them a good time to dry off - wet potatoes won't crisp. Possibly even chuck in a bit of flour before giving them a shake.
You need a good roasting pan with enough very hot oil in it, and also big enough to hold the potatoes with space around each one - if you cram the potatoes in it will be too damp in the oven and they won't crisp.
Have the oven HOT.

KetoPenguin Mon 17-Aug-20 13:54:47

Get the right kind of potatoes for roasting, maris piper are good or a variety sold as good roasters. They will fluff up more at the edges when you preboil and bash them about so they get nice and crispy once roasted. I also suggest getting the oil hot before you add the potatoes and then gently turn them over to coat rather than coating in cold oil. Best fat to use is goose fat imo makes them really crispy.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Mon 17-Aug-20 13:56:13

Maris Piper potatoes. Cut into sixths (depending on size of potato obviously!). Parboil until a knife goes in but they're not too soft (10-12 mins). Pour through a colander and then stand the colander on top of the still hot pan to help them dry.

In the meantime, put your oven on 180 (more get need to be a bit higher depending on how good your oven is). I use Crisp & Dry, so put that in. Let your tray and fat get hot. You want probably a mm deep fat across the bottom of the tray.

Shake the potatoes in the colander to toughen the edges. Pour them into the baking tray, and put in the oven. Turn over after about 25 minutes. They need about 45-50 minutes all together.

Tip into a serving dish lined with kitchen roll to blot excess fat.

(Also, it might not always be your fault. I always do the same, and sometimes they just don't work as well.)

orangenasturtium Mon 17-Aug-20 13:56:39

It depends how you like your roast potatoes! Personally, I hate the texture of roast potatoes with semolina coating or the waxy potato type some chefs make as they keep their shape better.

I use floury potatoes (so they are fluffy inside) like King Edward or Maris Piper potatoes. They are the classic varieties to use for roast potatoes.

Peel and chop to even sized pieces. You can either par boil for 10 mins so the outside is soften then rough them up by shaking the pan or with a fork, or (which I prefer) use the Heston Blumenthal method of boiling until almost falling apart.

Duck or goose fat or beef dripping are the best fats to use, about 2 tablespoons should be enough but you want enough to baste your potatoes and the entire base of the pan to have a thin coating. Melt it in the oven at 190C or 180C fan, then add the potatoes and baste.

I generally turn them and baste after 10 minutes, then again after another ten minutes, then regularly check them and turn and baste as necessary so each potato is cooked evenly. It usually takes about an hour but that depends on how many potatoes there are are and how spaced apart they are.

You can start them off at a higher temperature for ten minutes (about 220C) to cook them more quickly but I find cooking them for longer at the same time as the roast works just as well and is more convenient. If they are cooking too quickly, you can take them out when they are almost done and then put them back in for 10 minutes to crisp them at the end of cooking everything else. If they aren't ready at the end of cooking, ten minutes at 220C will finish them off while the meat rests.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Mon 17-Aug-20 13:59:06

That should say 5 mm.

Chewbecca Mon 17-Aug-20 14:00:11

1. Buy King Edward potatoes (nice and fluffy)
2. Peel, cut into chunks with lots of surface area, so on the diagonal where possible
3. Add to a large pan of cold water with a good dose of salt. Bring to the boil, boil for about 5-7 mins, checking. You want the outside to have some give so the point of your knife goes in about 2mm but need to stop before they go to mush.
4. Drain (reserving water if you want home made gravy), leave in strainer on top of pan, cover with a tea towel to absorb steam.
5. 2 tbsp or so of olive oil in a roasting tin in a 200 degree oven for 10 mins.
6. Carefully tip the potatoes into the hot fat. Turn each one with tongs.
7. Return to oven for about 45-60 mins, turning once or twice. You can reduce the heat on the oven if needed for timing.

Report back!

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Mon 17-Aug-20 14:00:50

Oh, I tend to cook them while my meat is resting, so they're the only thing in the oven. Perhaps that helps with heat circulation?

Iminaglasscaseofemotion Mon 17-Aug-20 14:01:13

Boil them for 10 mins.
While boiling stick a high sided roasting tin in the over at a high temp with oil ( I like to use goosefat)
After you boil them and let them dry off, put the lid on the pot and give them a good shake around to rough them up.
Put them into the tray of oil and turn them all so they get a good coating.
Cook for around 45 mins to an hour

minnieok Mon 17-Aug-20 14:10:30

Making them today, it's fool proof. Heat oven and a roasting tin with a generous slug of oil (can use goose fat or lard). Peel and cut into the size you want, boil for 5 mins. Drain water and shake your potatoes so they rough the edges a bit, tip into the now hot fat, I cook at gas mark 5 (190) usually because the meat is in my pan too but if cooking alone 6/200 is perfect. They will take about 50 mins to hour depending on oven and size of potatoes. I shake half way through.

I don't add seasoning personally as they get smothered in gravy which is salty enough

Happydaysforever123 Mon 17-Aug-20 14:19:07

Use king Edwards or maris pipers. Peel and boil for 10 mins, drain well, then shake pan vigorously to rough up the surface.
Hate with rapeseed oil, Roast at 170, takes about hour and a quarter to get real crispy potatoes but fluffy inside.

Ihaventgottimeforthis Tue 18-Aug-20 10:40:49

Ooh you could also part cook them at the beginning of the day - so do the parboil bit and roast for about half an hour - then you only need to pop them back in at a high heat for another 20 mins or so, whilst the meat is resting, to get them fully hot and crisped up.
A bit like double fried chips.

stayingaliveisawayoflife Tue 18-Aug-20 10:55:54

Boil for 5-10 mins then drain. Put back in the dry pan. Heat an oven tray with goose fat in a 180 degree oven. Mix 2 tablespoons of plain flour with a quarter of a teaspoon of salt and the same of garlic granules. Shake this over the potatoes and shake them up in the pan. Use tongs to put them in the oven tray. Use a pastry brush to put fat over them. Then put them in a 200 degree oven for about 20 mins then bring them out and turn them. They usually are done when golden and crispy!

M and S do a potato seasoning which is also quite good instead of the flour.

GolightlyMrsGolightly Tue 18-Aug-20 11:02:22

Exactly as @minnieok - Use potatoes that say good for roasting on them. I can do roast potatoes!

Keeping2ChevronsApart Tue 18-Aug-20 11:08:15

I did the Mary Berry method one Christmas of part roasting the night before then finishing off while the meat rests. They were amazing, a bit like when you make a casserole and it tastes so much better the next day 🙂

FlapsInTheWind Tue 18-Aug-20 15:04:26

I have to double boil potatoes as DH has kidney issues and they make amazing roasties. Strickly speaking they aren't roasties as they are cooked in a pan and finished in the oven but they are lush. Boil tatties as normal. When they are half cooked drain and start again from cold. DH has to have a low potassium diet so this has become normal for us now but shoved in an oven with lard and salt and pepper to crisp up and they are divine I discovered. I have no idea why. It'll be because of science I expect grin

shas19 Sat 22-Aug-20 00:56:01

Boil potatoes for about 10mimd, drain and leave to dry for 15mins, lightly shake them. Preheat oven to 220 with a roasting tray with 1cm of cooking oil or 4 tsble spoons of duck fat till very hot. Add po6in carefully as will spit. Reduce heat to 200 and cook till crispy. I add lots of salt and pepper and rosemary, garlic and thyme

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