We all know that making a great Christmas roast or Christmas pie could lead anyone to get stressed. Rather than enjoying the company of your family and friends, you find yourself trying to figure out when to start cooking the turkey and potatoes, boil the vegetables and prepare the gravy and for it all to come together and be ready ALL at once… oh and of course hot !
So to help with the roast potatoes at least, here is my contribution and guide to achieving the perfect roast potato, that I’ve been learning and perfecting over the past few years!
CRISPY ON THE OUTSIDE, FLUFFY AND LIGHT ON THE INSIDE.
Keeping this in mind, let’s see my top 7 tips for the best roast potato:
- Size matters. To make sure the potatoes won’t break up during roasting, cut the potatoes in half keeping the pieces quite large and cook them for as long as you possibly can.
- Set your timer. Yep, this is important guys. Potatoes have to be boiling for exactly 2 minutes.
- Boil ahead before the big day. To save hob space, boil the potatoes for 10 minutes, drain very well and leave to steam dry for about 3 minutes. On a baking tray that fits in your freezer, freeze them in a single layer then on the Big Day, you will just to tip into hot oil and bake them. If you don’t have space in the freezer and prefer to make the potatoes on the same day, then the best thing to do is go ahead and boil them in the morning, then toss in a little oil and store in the fridge until you’re ready to roast them.
- Shake it!. Once potatoes are drained, give the colander a bit of a shake to help chuff up the potatoes – this will help to make them crisp later on.
- Go for goose fat. Go for goose fat! Mixing the olive oil with goose fat, will add an extra taste to the potatoes.
- Squash. When in the oven, turn the potatoes with a spatula every 10 minutes and on through the cooking time, squashing gently each potato to increase the surface area – the more of your potato that’s in contact with the pan, the crispier it will be.
- Add extra flavour. Play with your favourites herbs to create flavour combos. For my version I used garlic and thyme.
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