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Roast potatoes – good, better and BEST!

Posted on May 16, 2013 by in vegetables, vegetarian

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Roast potatoes, in my humble opinion the center of the perfect Sunday roast. Sadly so many people get it so, so wrong. Too oily, not crispy enough or burnt on the outside and raw on the inside.

Roast potatoes do not have to give you a headache. Follow a few simple steps and one thing’s for sure, if you can master the perfect roast potatoes, you’re well on your way to the perfect Sunday lunch.  Once you’ve learned to do it properly, your family will most definitely not wait for Sundays to have roast tatties. You might have to make it for a midweek meal with roast chicken too!

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When I was invited to my first ever Sunday lunch with the in-laws I was warned in advance that “my mom makes the best roast potatoes ever!” No problem I thought,  I can learn from everybody! On arrival at mt mom-in-law’s house, I think they were all so overwhelmed that their son finally brought  his future wife for lunch that my mom completely  forgot the potatoes and needless to say, when she finally remembered they were charcoal. To this day, it is a bit of a family joke, luckily for me, the benchmark for roast potatoes were not that high anymore.

We all however do like a crispy, golden roast potato and it is not at all difficult, maybe a little patience is needed, but it is within your grasp. Here are my top 3  ways of making roast potatoes.

These are the questions I often get regarding roast potatoes:

– Do I parboil the potatoes?

-Do I bake them in the oven or on the stove top?

-Which oil do I use?

-Which potatoes are best for roasting?

I hope if you read through these recipes you will find the answers to your questions. None of these recipes are “bad”, you need to just find the one that works for you! For the purpose of this experiment, I used 500 g  small potatoes.Roast Potatoes

Classic Roast Potatoes

Ingredients

500 g baby potatoes

500 ml vegetable oil

salt

Method

Place unpeeled potatoes in a pot with cold water so that the potatoes are covered in water. Bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes or until potatoes are soft when a knife is inserted into it. Remove from the heat and peel the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a colander and give it a good shake, so that the potatoes have a rough surface. Heat the vegetable oil in a pot ( I use a wok) and when the oil is hot add the potatoes and fry until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy. drain on kitchen paper and serve immediately with salt and  garlic aioli.

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Air Fryer Potatoes ( yes you can!)

Ingredients

500 g potatoes

30 ml olive oil

salt

Method

Place unpeeled potatoes in a pot with cold water so that the potatoes are covered in water. Bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes or until potatoes are soft when a knife is inserted into it. Remove from the heat and peel the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a colander and give it a good shake, so that the potatoes have a rough surface. Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes and place in the basket of the Air Fryer. Set the Air Fryer on 200 C and fry the potatoes until golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.

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Duck Fat Potatoes

Ingredients

500 g potatoes

125 ml duck fat

salt/pepper

Method

Place unpeeled potatoes in a pot with cold water so that the potatoes are covered in water. Bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes or until potatoes are soft when a knife is inserted into it. Remove from the heat and peel the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a colander and give it a good shake, so that the potatoes have a rough surface. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Place the duck fat in a shallow pan or casserole dish and heat in the oven until it is  very hot. Add the potatoes and swirl the pan so that the fat coats the potatoes. Roast in the oven until golden brown and crispy – about 30-35 minutes.

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The verdict

-The duck fat has the best flavor by far and stayed crispy for the longest period.

-The Air Fryer potatoes are less oily, but stays crispy for only a short while, so has to be eaten immediately. Because the potatoes  are not saturated with oil, it is a healthier option. So if you are at all health conscious the Philips Air fryer should be #1 on the list. You can even roast without ANY oil!

-The Classic Roast Potatoes were delicious and because   you use the stove top in stead of the oven, it saves electricity.

There you have it……. which one will you choose!

   

 

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6 Responses to “Roast potatoes – good, better and BEST!”

  1. usha singh 17 May 2013 at 10:04 am #

    You convinced me–i am off to buy some baby potatoes & this will be my comfort meal for tonight. Have a wonderful weekend

  2. tami 17 May 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    I love all the options. I’m still dreaming of making duck fat potatoes one day. I’m glad to see you used baby potatoes and you left the skin on. Love it! Ultimate comfort food xx

  3. Flee 17 May 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Oh Well, getting a written warning for licking my computer screen… LOL. Thank you!! these look amazing & Will be making…..

  4. Dessyanaiwan @ Major Appliances 5 March 2014 at 5:28 am #

    Late to be here.. This is one of my favourite dish i like most because of potatoes. I tried it already but in different way . Thank you for this easy process of making roasted patotoes.

  5. kathy 28 August 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    Hi What is an air fryer? Never heard that before
    Kathleen

  6. Kitera 30 December 2015 at 6:15 am #

    Who needs a tunnel of love when you have a tunnel of fudge! This looks fantastic!!


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