Perfect Roasted Potatoes Recipe

I believe in striving to master simple dishes. I don’t aspire to be a person of whom one says, “what an ambitious cook!” or “she should really open her own restaurant!” First and foremost, I want to be someone who can be trusted to prepare a good, well-rounded, home-cooked meal. A meal that has personality, yes, but one that doesn’t try too hard, and relies chiefly on good taste and good technique.

This is why I’ve always been frustrated by my limited potato roasting skills. Oh, I’ve roasted my share of potatoes, but I was never able to strike the balance I was after: golden and generously crusty on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. By the time the chunks had developed enough of a crust, the flesh had begun to dry up inside, and I was left with something that was more cardboardy than I would have liked. Not inedible by any means — it takes considerable effort to render a potato inedible in my book — but not my platonic image of the roasted potato, either.

And then a few weeks ago, my friend Pascale shared the recipe she uses for pommes de terre rôties, which was in fact taught to her by her British mother-in-law. I have absolute kitchen faith in Pascale — she has never steered me wrong — and I was very excited about her technique, which involved a trick I’d never seen before.

It is this very fuzz that fosters the formation of a splendid crust when you then bake the potatoes.

Pascale’s roasted potato magic unfolds thusly: the potatoes are parboiled for five minutes first, drained, and returned to the saucepan. At this point — and this is the crucial step, so pay attention — you grab the lidded pan and shake it vigorously, which not only is fun, but also serves to make the surface of the potato pieces fuzzy from rubbing their hips one against the other.

And wouldn’t you know it, it is this very fuzz that fosters the formation of a splendid crust when you then bake the potatoes, while the parboiling step reduces the baking time and ensures that the flesh inside stays moist.

Pascale posted this recipe in late afternoon on a Sunday in December. I read it in early evening, and immediately felt compelled to try it: an hour later, the roasted potatoes were gracing our table, making this a personal TTK (time-to-kitchen) record. The only modifications I made were to reduce the amount of fat used, and to leave a little skin on the potatoes, peeling them in alternative stripes to retain more of the nutrients, and because I like the look and texture this creates.

Barely a month has gone by since that inaugural batch, and I must have made that recipe half a dozen times now, using oil or duck fat and different potato varieties (ratte, roseval, charlotte, vitelotte…) to stupendous results, every time.

It is a company-friendly side, too, since you can parboil and bruise the potatoes before your guests arrive, then slip them in the preheated oven as everyone’s settling in. I’ve served them with Muriel’s chicken, with whiskey-flambéed veal paupiettes, and with seared duck breasts, but I think my favorite pairing was with the quails I stuffed and roasted, loosely following a recipe in Thomas Keller’s Bouchon.

Perfect Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serves 4 generously (see note).

Perfect Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1.2 kilos (2 1/2 pounds) potatoes (waxy or floury -- both types will work equally well)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or duck fat
  • sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 210°C (410°F).
  2. If your potatoes are smooth-skinned, scrub them well and peel them in alternative stripes so that strips of skin remain. If, on the other hand, the skin of your potatoes is rugged and grainy, peel it off completely (no need to scrub) then rinse the potatoes well in cold water.
  3. Cut the potatoes into even chunks, about the size of a bite. Place them in a saucepan large enough to accommodate them, cover with cold water, and add a teaspoon coarse salt. Set over high heat, cover, bring to a low boil, then lower the heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. As soon as the water boils, pour the fat into a rimmed baking sheet, and place the sheet in the oven, so the fat and baking sheet will heat up.
  5. After the 5 minutes of boiling, drain the potatoes -- they will not be cooked at that point -- and return them to the saucepan. Place a lid on the saucepan. Holding the lid firmly shut with both hands (the saucepan will be hot, so wear oven mitts or use dish towels), shake the saucepan vigorously for a few seconds, until the surface of the potato chunks is fuzzy; this will help the formation of a crust.
  6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, pour the potatoes onto the sheet, sprinkle with sea salt, and stir well to coat with the fat.
  7. Return to the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, flipping the potatoes halfway through, until cooked through (when you insert the tip of a knife in one of the pieces, it should meet no resistance), crusty, and golden. If you want a little more color on them, you can switch to grill mode for the final few minutes.
  8. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • I normally plan to serve about 200 to 250 grams (7 to 9 ounces) of potato per person, but these are so good people tend to want a little more.
  • Adapted from Pascale Weeks' pommes de terre rôties.

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  • http://www.mmmcheese.com Anna

    I made roast potatoes last night! I love the shake-it-in-the-pot trick – I’ll have to use that next time. My secret was to roast them, um, underneath a chicken. Or around the sides. I put the chicken in when I started boiling the potatoes, and then threw the potatoes in the baking pan when they were parboiled. Because the only thing better than making potatoes with duck fat is making potatoes with chicken deliciousness seeping in, right?

  • Emma

    Ah, the old shaky pan method – I think it’s the preferred method for most Brits when it comes to roast potatoes. So much so that it never even crossed my mind that you might roast them without shaking…!

  • Jim Blomquist

    A few years back Cook’s Illustrated published a recipe for roasted potatoes that simplifies it with one less step. Once you have tossed the cut potatoes in your fat of choice and sasoned them with herbs, salt and pepper, place them in a non-stick baking dish and cover tightly with foil. Into the hot oven for 12 minutes or so to have them cook in their own moisture without browning. Then remove the foil, put them back in the oven and proceed to brown them on the cut sides as in your recipe. I think you’ll like this way of cooking them, too. With one less pot to clean. JB

    • Sunny See

      Does the Cook’s Illustrated recipe eliminate the parboiling of the potatoes?

      • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

        I was able to find a similar recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, which uses the same method including parboiling.

        It does not mention the foil technique, though, but this other Cook’s Illustrated recipe for roasted *sweet* potatoes does. I wonder if it’s the one Jim was referring to?

  • http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/2007/08/how-to-pit-olive.html sam

    I made these on Sunday with some Goose Fat I smuggled in from the UK. Fred loves them. It’s the British way of doing them, for sure. I can’t personally attribute them to Pascale, though, In CA they are known as “Sam’s potatoes”, but really, it is Delia Smith to whom we all have to be indebted, I think.

  • http://syrupandhoney.typepad.com sarah @ syrupandhoney

    I’d never heard this tip before, thanks for sharing! TTK – that’s a great acronym :)

  • http://www.dailyunadventuresincooking.com Katerina

    How interesting! I am also someone who loves the simplistic, and I don’t aspire to be told I shoudl open my own restaurant. Mastering the basics could last a lifetime.

  • blowback

    I’m with Sam, Delia and Nigella (not the seeds). Goose fat every time. The best I ever had were cooked with the fat from a couple of jars of confit d’oie.

  • http://www.sabreean.com Constance Reader

    What temperature should one use of a standard oven? I’ve heard of, much less seen, an oven whose temperature gradations are anything less than 25 degrees each. Therefore, the only options are 400F or 425F.

  • http://amusebouchefortwo.blogspot.com Tracy (Amuse-bouche for Two)

    We always roast our potatoes under the broiler. They get crispy on the outside and stay creamy on the inside.

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    Constance – My oven works in 10-degree increments, but if yours doesn’t, I’d suggest you set it at 425°F. As with any recipe though, you need to keep a close eye on what you’re baking the first time you try it, to see how long it takes in your own oven.

  • http://www.FoyUpdate.blogspot.com Foy Update – Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat.

    Oh I’ll have to try these. My current method is to follow the New Best Recipes baked French fry recipe and simply use potato wedges instead. It does involve roasting the quartered potatoes. But half the time they are covered to help them get soft and delicious on the inside – probably the same thing the boiling does for your version. Then finish them off by uncovering and browning. I feel a side by side recipe trial coming on!

  • http://www.porktopurslane.com Michelle

    Great new trick! – I can’t wait to try it!

    I have also found that if you smash the parboiled potatoes slightly with the palm of your hand (so that the skin splits but the potatoes stay whole) and then roast in a very high oven (475-500) in a decent amount of olive oil or duck fat, you get a similar effect – crusty and crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside! (I like to squeeze a little lemon and sprinkle some Maldon on top as well!)

    I love potatoes.

  • http://www.talesfromagarden.blogspot.com kathleen howard

    That is the way i have been doing roast potatoes for a long time now since Darina Allen enlightened us here in the south of Ireland, in Cork! I parboil the quantity, shake them in a sieve, and place them in hot goose fat or oil and roast them for 20 mins or so depending on size.My fan oven does them at 180/200 degrees c.

  • http://www.chiccyclist.com Charlotte

    Wait, no rosemary? I think that might be sacrilege!

  • Mrs Redboots

    I think the “truc” of shaking the pan must be a typically British thing, as I wouldn’t dream of trying to roast potatoes without! My mother sometimes sprinkles hers with flour, too, but I don’t.

  • http://www.cookbooker.com Andrew

    This is indeed the best way to go – they look delightful. Heston Blumenthal has a recipe in ‘In Search of Perfection’ which is similar – but he boils his for 20 minutes first, trying to get them as fuzzy as possible. He sometimes sprinkles flour on them too. And the choice of fat makes a big difference – olive oil is fine, but duck or goose fat is sublime.

  • http://www.spicedish.typepad.com EB

    Mmmmm splendid crust. Fabulous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HeyPesto Yvonne

    These are simply the best I’ve ever had! Thank you!

  • http://www.taste-my-plate.blogspot.com Sarah

    I also apsire to be the kind of cook who is trusted to put a delicious and well rounded meal on the table! The kind of cook all my friends look forward to coming over for dinner ;)

    Shaking is a must! Goose fat is truly exceptional… do you want to know one more secret to make them extra crunchy?! Read about the main course here.
    Who doesn’t love roast potatoes, I ask you? :))

  • http://www.thegardenerseden.com Michaela @ The Gardener’s Eden

    Hello Clotilde,
    I am not surprised to see so many comments here – so soon! Well-roasted potatoes are heaven-on-earth, but few can do this well. My neighbors, (British), are true gourmet potato connoisseurs. They have been tutoring me on the subject, and I am an enthusiastic student! So thank you for this post, by the time I have a garden full of fresh spuds, I will hopefully be a roasting expert !
    All the best to you,
    Michaela

  • A

    The Portuguese have a potato method, which though not roasted, is delicious. They are called “batatas a murro” or smashed potatoes. Boil small potatoes in their jackets until done. Remove and cool. Flatten them with your palm, not too flat. The potato skin will break, of course. Heat a little olive oil and brown the potatoes on both sides until crusty. Sprinkle with sea salt.

  • thriftymum

    OK, so here’s the lowdown from someone whose roast potatoes ALWAYS elicit gasps of delight:
    Parboil potatoes. If they are floury potatoes, parboil until they are just fluffy on the outside. If they are more waxy they’ll need a little bit longer. Drain, shake well in the pan and leave to steam for a bit. If the potatoes are waxy and don’t rough up when you shake them, add a sprinkling of flour (and a bit of parmesan for added crisp). Heat some goose fat in a roasting dish until very hot. Olive oil works too, but you might want to add some garlic cloves and rosemary for extra flavour. When the fat is really hot, add the potatoes, and stir to coat them well with hot fat. Return to a very hot oven for about an hour. Half way through cooking you can take them out and squash the potatoes down with a masher. This increases the surface area, giving you more crunchy crispness.
    NB: while potatoes will roast well in the same pan as a chicken, if you put them on a rack above a roast they will steam rather than roast, so if you don’t have space in the chicken pan, it’s better to roast them in the top oven if you have one.

  • C.

    My father does this basically your way — but instead of a roasting pan he uses a cast iron skillet. Preheat the iron before you put in the shaken potatoes, toss in fat, season then pop in oven as normal. A nice crust forms on the bottoms as well as the tops. Also nice with a bit of garlic and rosemary.

  • http://cuisine-a-la-perse.blogspot.com mehdi

    Hi Clotilde,

    the nature of the end product sounds like french fries (crusty on the outside and fluffy on the inside), so i was thinking whether they could be prepared in the same manner: baked at 325F and then quickly fried at 375F, all in oil?

    In addition,before putting the dish in the oven, if you add rosemary and garlic slices (or even better garlic flavoured oil to prevent burnt garlic pieces), it will make your potatoes taste heavenly!

  • Iain

    Here, I parboil, and drain in a plastic sieve: that roughens the surfaces enough. Then back into the pot with a dash of olive oil (or duck/goose fat), stir around so that the oil coats the potatoes, and into the oven, either with the roast or (if space/sauce does not permit) in their own dish. Increasing the surface area for roasting is the only way.

  • The Leopard

    I do exactly this, but…

    When the fat in the baking sheet is hot, I pour it onto the shaken potatoes in the saucepan. This means you can shake the potatoes about a second time, ensuring they are truly covered in the fat, before returning them to the baking sheet.

    Hungry just thinking about it.

  • Richard

    Another Brit here who uses this method, and a variant which I think works even better: instead of shaking in the pan, drain the parboiled potatoes in a plastic colander (one with big holes), and then shake the potatoes in the colander. The potatoes get seriously beaten up, but shouldn’t fall apart.

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    All – Thanks for all the alternate suggestions! Funny to see that the shake-in-the-pot trick seems to be in the blood of the British people — I do think the rest of the world needs to know about it now! :)

    Also, regarding the flavorings, I find that if I start with a good, flavorful variety of potato, it really needs no embellishment.

  • http://www.anne-arnott.blogspot.com anne

    I cannot remember the name of the potato we had for roast at christmas, but they were fantastic, and did not need shaking at all. They were the best roast potatoes I have ever made. Crispy on the outside and soooo soft in the middle.

  • http://lacaffettierarosa.wordpress.com Caffettiera

    Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try this method, though, as an Italian, I find British roasties always a bit overcooked for my tastes. My fault, I know.. By the way, a Claudia Roden’s tip I just discovered: mix hot from the oven baked potatoes with a chopped coriander and lemon juice, and serve cold as an appetizer (if you can wait for them to cool). Sounds a bit unusual, but the result is addictive!

  • http://www.whatareyoufeedingyourkidsthesedays.com Gaelle@whatareyoufeedingyourkidsthesedays.com

    I had never heard the ” shaking-in-the-pan” before… Thanks for sharing this trick; I’ll definitively give it a try soon. But yes, goose or duck fat work REALLY well…

  • Thomas

    The German technique is to cook the whole potatoes in water, then slice, then roast. It’s the same principal, in that it gives you a rough edge that will get nice and browned, but this British version sounds easier!

    Constance & Clotilde – I think you are talking past each other a little. The 25 F increments that Constance’s oven provides are just a little more than 10 C. But really, unless you have a an oven thermometer in there, I wouldn’t count on anything more than 30 C accuracy.

  • H

    British reader here too and the shake in the pan is a MUST! I also adhere to Nigella Lawson’s tip of shaking with a little seasoned flour or semolina to help the crust along.

    There is an excellent Guardian article testing out Delia Smith, Nigella Lawson, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Heston Blumenthal’s methods.

  • Tracey

    I think the Brits have spent years mastering the techniques involved in making perfect roast potatoes – I guess the whole ‘Sunday roast’ thing is our national dish. Floury, rather than waxy, potatoes should be used, and another tip – after bashing them in the colander or pan, leave them to cool until they have stopped steaming, so they go into the hot oil dry. That’s a tip I picked up from Nigella Lawson and other food writers, and it works well.

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com eatlivetravelwrite

    These look wonderful. I am on the quest for the perfect roast potatoes this year also and just discovered how shaking the potatoes in the pan will make them fuzzy which will, in turn make them crispy… I will definitely be trying this recipe…

  • Matt

    Yes, the parboil then shake technique is embedded in British cookery now. I have no idea where it came from, but I think I first saw it from Delia Smith, and every TV cook does it now – Nigella Lawson, Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey…

    It works, but I’m odd and prefer a slightly softer finish, so I tend to do a slight variation where I parboil, then drain in a colander (reserving the liquid for use in gravy-making, if gravy will be made) and dump them into a roasting tin which has not already been filled with hot fat. This tames the crispiness a bit and gets me my preferred result.

    Well, mostly. Sometimes I do fancy crispy, so bring on the shaking and the extremely hot oil! I do get nervous doing that when the cat’s taking an interest in my cookery though.

  • http://www.nuttygnome.blogspot.com Liz – aka Nutty Gnome

    Is there another way to do them?!

    I’ve always done them like this and it works every time! You do have to heat the oil up first (I use olive oil with a small nob of butter) and I usually keep the roasting tin on a low/med flame on the hob whilst I put the potatoes in and roll them in the oil to coat them. If I’m cooking meat, I prefer to put the roasties in the small oven so that they go crisp rather than steam!
    Enjoy! :)

  • The Paris Food Blague

    whoever said “no rosemary” above….i know! how sad…

    but the recette looks delicious, all the same. i’ve never been a huge potato person, but with winter’s lousy vegetables getting me down, i may convert…

  • Kayla

    While my method lacks the fun factor of vigorous pan-shaking (!), my family’s roasted potato secret is the convection oven. Tossed with plenty of olive oil, salt, and pepper and convected until golden, they reach that sublime soft-crusty balance!

  • http://www.epi-ventures.com Courtney

    Wow, I simply love techniques like this. Just a few tweaks and the entire dish changes. I am definitely going to try this out. SHAKE the pan! Who knew?!

  • http://gotthyme.blogspot.com/ Jillian

    Its an art :]

    Jillian

  • http://www.erikorganic.com/dining-room/dining-room-set.shtml dining set

    I really like potatoes especially if they are mashed and of course, roasted! It has been a childhood favorite!

  • http://frenchcookingfordummies.com French Cooking for Dummies

    Now I know what I’ll be eating for lunch today!… I have some duck fat left in the fridge, this is going to be delicious :D

  • nomi

    Try adding a bit of olive oil & salt when you shake the potatoes. (I don’t shake, I just mix it together for a while) Then roast, the salt help to rough up the surface more, and you get a better roasting area. The olive oil adds a little more flavor & helps w/browning.

  • http://www.moveablefeastscookbook.blogspot.com Barbara

    I use that shake in the pot trick even when I make mashed potatoes. It dries them out nicely. I think you’ve finally found the perfect roasted potato!

  • http://www.theteachercooks.com The Teacher Cooks

    Your first paragraph are my sentiments exactly. I just could not have written it as well as you have. The words flow so well for you. I love good roasted potatoes with a crust and will be eager to try the tip that you have shared with us.

  • http://appletea The Food Hunter

    I want some right now!

  • http://www.FoodieReflections.com Jackie

    Great technique! It sometimes still amazes me how sometimes the simplest things make all the difference.

  • http://thelacquerspoon.blogspot.com the lacquer spoon

    Everyone loves roasted potatoes, but not sure how to make it better. Thanks for the tip!!

  • http://www.demetermade.com Jessica @ Demeter Made

    I made these last night with sea salt and olive oil and they were divine. Thanks for the tip!

  • blowback

    BTW, nobody has mentioned varieties of potatoes for roasting – someone does mention floury potatoes being better than waxy potatoes but many swear by Maris Piper. Personally, I prefer King Edwards.

  • phillippa

    You’ve changed my potato-loving world. Thank you! Where, in Paris, can I buy duck fat? What is it called in French?

  • http://mescarnets.com/blog/ Miles

    I never thought about the duck fat…Looking forward to try this as soon as I can find some duck fat…

    Thanks for the tips,
    Miles

  • http://niallniallorangepeel.blogspot.com/ Niall

    A few other tips with this method:

    – if your oven is fan-forced, turn that on, it helps the browning
    – counter-intuitively, the less fat/oil you use, the crispier
    – a sprinkle of rosemary over the top is a nice variation

    Niall

  • http://mrsjaybob.com Linda

    Oh yum! I love roasted potatoes – well, really, potatoes of nearly any kind:) I’ll be roasting some this afternoon!

  • http://enchantedfig.blogspot.com/ Enchanted Fig

    A lesson to us all, when you need a good recipe for something simple, go to the cultural experts! Thanks Clotilde, for your consistently fabulous blog…I never miss a post!

  • EllaBleu

    Thank you for this great recipe, Clotilde. I tried it yesterday night – to fantastic results!! I added two teespoon of olive oil to the saucepan before shaking the potatoes – that worked out great! All the potatoes got covered with oil an the crust turned out perfect. I’ll definetely stick to this technique…

  • http://www.thecakedcrusader.blogspot.com the caked crusader

    This is the way that virtually all Brits make roast potatoes! It also works if, after par boiling, you shake them in a metal colander – that’s the way I do it.

  • Crystal

    Made exactly as you instructed, turned out beautifully. Thanks!

  • sophie

    ah yes, the jamie oliver potato fuzz. :) delicious!

  • http://sisterscafe.blogspot.com/ The Sisters Cafe

    Oh, these look wonderful. I love roasted potatoes, and these instructions are great. I’ll be trying this out!

  • http://strategic-design.com/society/health-society/meals-on-a-budget Caroline@BudgetMeals

    These do indeed look perfect. I want some right now! Thanks for the tips and information! I love your blog

  • http://www.booheadswife.com ++MIRA++

    oh how i love roasted potatoes. i dont even like fries as much

  • http://www.thesaltyolive.com sarah

    Clotilde, I followed your recipe a couple of nights ago and they were fantastic! A lovely crunchy crust, and soft and fluffy on the inside. I added a few whole cloves of garlic when I boiled the potatoes, and then roasted the potatoes and the garlic cloves with a couple of fresh bay leaves in olive oil, and they were spectacular! Thanks for the tip.

  • http://www.bestpressurecookerreviews.com/ Marie Chan

    This is great! I have always been not successful in making a nice roast potatoes…I have to try the shaking technique and the duck fat.

  • rjw

    It does seem a British phenomenon. Delia Smith has this method of making the potatoes, with saffron. It is to be found in the US version of “How to Cook” (DK Publishing, 1 volume, from 2001), on pate 186. It is delicious.

  • http://resistentialismincarnate.blogspot.com John

    I tried this with sweet potatoes and it worked very well — it needs a little less time in the hot water, though, so that the shaking stage doesn’t destroy the potatoes. Say, three minutes instead of five?

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    All – Thanks so much for weighing in with your own tips!

    Philippa – Duck fat in French is called graisse de canard. You can buy it at some butcher shops, but the best way to get it is to buy a can of duck confit or duck gizzards, cook the meat whichever way you want, and save the fat that it’s packed in.

    John – That’s great to know, thanks so much for reporting back on the sweet potato experiment!

  • http://www.gggiraffe.blogspot.com Johanna GGG

    Roast potatoes are like mothers milk to me – yes in Australia we learnt well from our british foremothers – I parboil but don’t shake mine in the pan as I prefer to leave skins on – I also have them in large chunks and roast them for well over an hour as I love them really crispy – in Australia we also put some pumpkin in the pan – it doesn’t need to be peeled or parboiled, just cut into chunks and it is wonderful with a roast dinner

  • Anjali

    Thank you for a tired & true technique for good simple food.

  • Sylvia

    I did the potatoes exactly like the recipe AND drizzled white truffle olive oil to finish ‘em off. So YUMMY!

  • http://www.caribbeanpot.com Chris De La Rosa

    My wife’s uncle (Brit) makes this amazing (best in Canada). I’ve just started to perfect my own recipe for these wonderful roasted potatoes, but I’m still to match his.

    happy cooking

    chris…

  • http://www.tobiascooks.com tobias cooks!

    I do them the same way. I just love the taste.

  • http://www.margomusing.blogspot.com Margo

    Another Brit chiming in to say this is how I grew up making them, too – I remember both of my Grandmothers doing this (they would both have learned to cook in the 1920s, so well before Delia!)

  • Celia

    As a Brit and fan of Delia, glad that the potato shaking tip seems so successful – I definitely learnt it from Delia so big it up for her

  • Marya

    I also cook roast potatoes like this all the time but I like to add one more step – I add a tablespoon or thereabouts of semolina or rice flour or maize flour to the roughened potatoes or spuds as we call them in Ireland and give them one last shake before they go in the hot fat! Yum yum yum!

  • Rissfish

    Yeah, I think your friend’s mother-in-law has Jamie Oliver to thank for that one. Old news.

  • Rachel

    Wowsa! This recipe has revolutionized my roasted potatoes. Who knew such a simple trick could do so much… I actually restrained myself and had some leftovers, and even they were still crispy and delicious the next day! Wahoo! :)

  • http://not-so-desperate-yugowife.blogspot.com/ Sandra

    Made these tonight for my 2,5 year old daughter and myself – YUMMY!!! They were fantastic! Thanks for sharing.
    Oh, and also, this months’desk top saver is really beautiful. I love the orange and pale blue contrasting colors ;-)

  • http://www.thatveganblog.com Danielle

    Thank you for posting this recipe! Since you introduced me to the boil-shake-roast technique, I have made these potatoes at least a dozen times. My favorite seasoning for these is smoked Spanish paprika… I would eat the whole pan if not for the thought of my husband’s disappointment!

  • http://healthjunkie-foodyouwanttoeat.blogspot.com HealthJunkie

    Best way to roast potatoes is in a Dutch oven. Nothing roasts, bakes, or stew better. I love mine, and I almost cook everything in it. ha ha

  • Takako

    When I tried this recipe, potatoes stuck to the baking sheet. So, the golden crust remained on the sheet. Even though I used oil, this kept happening. The crust must be the most tasty part. Does anyone have a tip to avoid this?

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    Takako – That’s strange, I’ve never had a problem with sticking: is your oven hot enough? do you preheat the baking sheet and fat as instructed in the recipe? I think that’s a key step.

    Also, with potatoes, sometimes if they stick it’s because you’re flipping them too early: try giving them a little more time and the crust may loosen itself of their own accord.

  • Lesley

    I am guessing that the omission of rosemary was a typo. =-)

    I look forward to trying this recipe tomorrow.

  • chops

    Often when food bloggers rave about a recipe, I get all worked up and then when I make it, it’s tasty but it doesn’t really blow my socks off. This did, however. So simple, I can’t believe I didn’t know the fuzzy trick! They’re like awesome restaurant home fries – so moist inside that you can eat them without a “lubricant” like ketchup, and delicious and golden-crispy on the outside…I would have thought you’d have to fry them to achieve this flavor and consistency but apparently not!

    I had to bake mine for more like 45min at 425, and threw them under the broiler (stirring often) for the last 20min.

    I also tend to have problems with food sticking to the baking sheet, so I only bake things on a layer of parchment paper. No sticking for me! :)

  • http://www.dining-table.com Dining Table Sets Gal

    These look so delicious! I want to try this at home during weekends plus bonding with kids. We own a Dining Table ecommerce site and are always looking for great content to help inspire. Thanks.

  • Crystal

    Oh these look amazing! My husband loves any type of potato, especially roasted! I can’t wait to try this one.. I think it’d be great with steaks and corn. Yum!

    -Crystal
    Propane Burners

  • http://thegraduateskitchen.wordpress.com thegraduateskitchen

    As an American living in the UK with a British husband, roast potatoes were one of the first things I started learning to cook. I failed many times, but once I discovered the ‘roughing up the edges trick’, I’ve been successful since. Looking forward to trying them in goose fat though! sounds delicieux.

  • bonnie

    ….flour-ie potatoes……waxy potatoes…..please forgive me….would it be possible for you to be more specific…like names? i live in the mid-west of the united states and get confused as to the true nature of spuds.
    we have something here called ‘yucon golden’ potatoes…..then there are the red ones and then the brown ones…
    please, once and for all – enlighten me.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      The names of potato varieties differ widely depending on where you live, so I’m afraid I can’t offer guidance regarding the ones available in your area. In general though, floury potatoes are the ones you would use for mashing or french-frying; waxy potatoes are the ones you would use for potato salads.

  • amanda

    Hi Bonnie,
    I know what you mean about trying to figure out which potato is which… I did a quick search >what kind of potato< and unearthed a google-load.

    Yukon Gold seems to be a waxy!

    This was my fave – has pics! – but sadly for those on another continent, only British spud varieties.

  • April H

    Delicious! I used coconut oil for my fat and they were crisp and delicious! This is my go-to “recipe” :)

  • Chandler

    Cette recette est génial. J’ai fait ces pour le diner hier soir, et ils étaient délicieux! Ils sont les meilleures pommes du terres que j’ai jamais mangé. Merci beaucoup, Clothilde!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      J’en suis ravie, merci de m’en donner des nouvelles !

  • http://www.ericaindenalpen.blogspot.com Erica

    Saulut Clotilde!
    I love this recipie/trick.
    I also love your philosophy of mastering simple dishes. I’m curious if you have a list somewhere of the top 10 or 12 simple dishes for a beginner to master- such as roasted potatoes, omlette, spaghetti bolognese, vegtable soup…Merci!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      I don’t, but I love the idea and I’ll work on such a post!

  • mike

    Made them exactly as described in olive oil. They were heavenly. Thanks!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      Wonderful to hear, thank you Mike!

  • shellito1012

    I am over the top in love with these potatoes….thank you so much for posting this!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      That’s great to hear, it’s a favorite of ours, too!

      • shellito1012

        Oh sorry about that picture….my father has colon cancer and it was a colon cancer ad….not trying to be obscene :-).

  • Lisa Ferris

    Just tried these potatoes with grilled salmon and greek green beans! Absolutely perfect! I’ve tried for years to get these to roast just right. The parboiling and then shaking the pot did the trick. I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil (and I would never have duck fat sitting around the house) and it worked just fine.

    Merci beaucoup from Arkansas, USA!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      I’m so pleased to hear that, Lisa, thanks for reporting back!

  • Zondervrees

    To get a crust on potatoes, fries, wedges, whatever: make sure those tatters release as much starch as possible. By shaking them and certainly not washing them too much. Ask any Belgian frituriste: the secret of golden brown fries is in the constantly shaking of the fries, before they hit the oil, during and even after frying.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thanks Jan!

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