Flawless Roast Potatoes

The ultimate recipe for even a first-time roastie connoisseur, crispy skins, and fluffy inside – perfect.
Easy | 1hr 10mins | Makes 4

1kg Maris Piper potatoes
100g duck or goose fat (for a luxurious taste), or 100ml/3½fl oz olive oil
2 tsp flour
salt to serve


  1. Place a large roasting tin in the oven at 180C fan/ 200C/ gas 6
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into even pieces around 5cm
  3. Place in a large pan and just cover with water, add salt to the pan. Once the water is boiling, turn down to a rolling boil for 2 minutes, uncovered
  4. In the meantime, add 100ml olive oil/ 100g of duck/goose fat to the tin and heat in the oven until very hot.
  5. Drain potatoes in a colander, shake to fluff the outside of the potatoes
  6. Sprinkle with 2tsp of flour and shake to coat.
  7. Place potatoes in a pan of hot oil/fat; spread onto a single layer and roast. After 15 mins, turn the potatoes then put back in the oven for 15 mins, before turning again and roasting for a further 10-20mins until golden and crisp.
  8. Scatter with salt and serve.

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