Best Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes Recipe
Roasted potatoes are one of the most common accompaniments to a typical British Sunday dinner. The best crispy oven-roasted potatoes will be crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. This post includes some tips to help you produce the best roast potatoes in your kitchen.
In Britain, we have an age-old tradition of having a roast meal on a Sunday. This might be a leg of lamb or a chicken or a cut of beef and it is roasted in the oven.
Whatever the meat is, there is always something common amongst all of these meals, and that is the presence of crispy roast potatoes on the plate.
This is because the potatoes can be cooked along with the meat in the same oven, and maybe even in the same pan, depending on the size of your oven.
People have their own ways of making crispy roasted potatoes, and over the years I have tried many alternatives. Now, however, I am a convert and will use the same method, and tools each time to obtain the tastiest ‘roast tatties’ you will ever have sampled.
This roast potatoes recipe will show you how to make roast potatoes crispy.
First of all, select your best local potato. I could go on here for pages about the different types available here in Ireland, but everywhere is different.
I like using ‘Maris Pipers’ as I can get them easily here, they taste great and they give a slightly rough surface after parboiling.
This helps to give a nice crunchy outer layer when roasted. Try and find a floury variety that will remain fluffy inside after roasting.
Anyway, with Maris Pipers I have found you cannot go wrong.
Follow the link for a bit more about Maris Pipers.
The right equipment
Next, make sure you have the right baking tin to roast your potatoes in. I have tried all sorts of pans over the years, but I always come back to using my trusted Le Creuset cast iron roasting dish.
This equipment retains heat when it is removed from the oven and just browns and crisps the potatoes better. It may be heavier, but that also means it is pretty much indestructible (and the enamelled cast iron products come with a lifetime guarantee!)
Size is everything…
Then you need to make sure you cut the potatoes to the correct size. I have realised now that the key to good crispy roasted potatoes (roasties) every time is to cut them quite small (say about 5cm / 2 inches max.)
I used to cut them larger, but not only do they take longer to cook, but for some reason, they are harder to crisp up.
The best fat for roast potatoes
The type of fat you use is also important to get the best taste in your roasted crispy potatoes. I like to use goose fat or duck fat, as it imparts a better taste to the potatoes.
You can also use vegetable oil or sunflower oil, but they will not taste as good.
The temperature of the oven
The final trick is to get the temperature right. This will depend on many factors including what your roast meat is and if it is in the same oven, your roasting dish, size of your potatoes, type of roasting fat etc.
But you may need to vary this depending on these factors. You can always check how you are getting on by checking your potatoes in the oven and regularly basting them with the oil.
I will normally jack the temperature up to about 200C at the end of the roasting process while the roast meat is resting before serving.
Make sure you serve these potatoes with some tasty gravy, and I guarantee they will all get eaten. You can find out how to make a gravy recipe in my roast chicken recipe.
How to make crispy roast potatoes in the oven
Roasties are obviously a perfect accompaniment for roast beef or roast chicken:
Below you will find some other fine accompaniments for any roast dinner:
Hope you find some inspiration!