Perfectly Golden Crispy Roasties

Golden Crispy Roasties

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Roasties are what the English call roast potatoes. I had never heard of them till my early 20’s when I learned the following technique from my father in-law. He’s a fantastic cook.

When Jim served these up, I went completely bonkers with delight or as he simply calls it-crazy Arab.

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The secrets to getting roasties perfectly crisp are:

A) Roughen up the edges by shaking them well.

B) Let them dry out a bit (which makes them great for make-ahead. you can par-boil these in the am and roast them just before serving.)

C) I really like to use duck/goose fat for flavor & vegetable oil to get them nice and crispy. Make sure the oil is hot before adding the potatoes. If you must, you can substitute with olive oil, it won’t be the end of the world. Also, spread out the potatoes in the baking tray so they are one layer.

D) And of course, the type of potato is important. I like to use either Maris Piper, King Edwards or Desiree.

I love the combination of tarragon with potatoes. So, these roasties have fresh tarragon added to them. You can also add whatever herb/spice you like. If using dry herbs, I recommend adding them at the very beginning and fresh herbs during the last twenty minutes.

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Perfectly Crispy Roasties

Cooking time: 55 minutes

Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

The cast of characters

  • 1 kg potatoes (King Edwards, Desiree or Maris Piper)
  • 60ml duck/goose fat
  • 60ml vegetable oil
  • About 10g of fresh tarragon
  • rock salt-to taste

The Nitty Gritty

Peel the skins

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Save the skins. They are lovely baked and make great little chips/crisps.

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Cut the potatoes into halves.

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Then quarters.

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Put the potatoes into a large enough pot, cover with water, sprinkle some salt and bring to a boil.

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Let them boil for about 5 minutes.

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Pour the duck/goose fat and the vegetable oil onto a baking tin

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Spread it out evenly. Pre-heat oven to 375F/190C/5G. Place the baking tray in the oven and let the oil heat about 5 mn.

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By now the potatoes are ready. Strain them well and return to the pot.

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Sprinkle generously with salt. I like my potatoes well salted. I really find potatoes and salt love each other, as much as they love my waistline!

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Cover the pot and give it a good shake in an upward-downward motion.

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You see how the edges are roughened…

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Now, take the baking tray out of the oven and layer the potatoes as above. Pop into the oven for 20-25 minutes.

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Remove from the oven, turn them over and sprinkle with the fresh tarragon leaves. Pop back into the oven and cook for another 20-25 minutes.

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The perfect roasties. Enjoy!


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21 Responses to “Perfectly Golden Crispy Roasties”
  1. Mowie @ Mowielicious 10 November 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    Ooooo, yum! I love roasties – great with chicken gravy, mmmmmMMMMmmm. Love your red polka-dotted dish hon, I’ve got some bowls like that, instantly uplifting xxx

  2. Danny Owen 10 November 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    Wonderful recipe! My Mother-In-Law is British and I have been eating this at her home for nearly 20 years now…so simple, but so good!

    She makes them with shortening and lipton onion soup…but I am going to have to try your to see if I like it better.

    I have my own cooking page on Facebook too:

  3. Sunita 10 November 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    Surprise! Surprise! We just had some for dinner 🙂 Aren’t they delicious 🙂

  4. Chris Bourne 10 November 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    I was ill in bed all day with a cold… This was what the doctor ordered!…Thank you.

  5. Piage 11 November 2009 at 2:26 am #

    I love roasties! I usually throw in some parsnips, too, if I have them. The thin ends get deliciously crunchy.

    • Bethany 11 November 2009 at 8:19 am #

      Parsnips are a fantastic addition as are turnips. I’ve made a melange of them before. So delish!

  6. Mustapha 11 November 2009 at 7:17 am #

    Looks really good!
    When I first saw the title of this post, i thought you were going to talk about Rösti (also golden and crispy potatoes), which i had found quite cumbersome to make..

    In our household we refer to what you’re talking abt today as Rosto, but I guess that’s just a lebanese way to say Roasties 🙂

  7. Meeta 11 November 2009 at 8:00 am #

    ohhh! I feel that duck fat setting itself quite comfortably on my love handles!! who cares – you only live once gimme some of this!

    • Bethany 11 November 2009 at 8:17 am #

      You crack me up Meeta. Yea we do only live once but i still ate more than my fare share of these yesterday! I really just love em.

  8. nina 11 November 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Oh yes, you have indeed worked out all the secrets!!!! Duck fat is very expensive around here, but a little indulgence now and then is permitted isn’t it????

    • Bethany 11 November 2009 at 2:15 pm #

      Yes Nina, It’s nice around the holiday season. You could also use the fat from a roasted chicken etc.

  9. Miranda 11 November 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    I love potatoes. ESPECIALLY crunch yummy browned ones.
    This looks so great. Thanks for the tidbit about duck fat.

  10. jossie 12 November 2009 at 5:02 am #


  11. Abdul Latif 12 November 2009 at 4:41 pm #

    Finished making these a little earlier! They smell divine! Wonderful recipe! I used chicken fat, it was all I had to hand. My siblings aren’t complaning though 🙂 Thank you Beth!

  12. Abdul Latif 12 November 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    Oh btw, this recipe was a god-send for a novice in the kitchen like myself. The instructions were easy to follow and the pictures are very helpful! Thanks again.

  13. zurin 13 November 2009 at 4:57 am #

    Those roasties look so light and crisp…amazing.. I can just imagine how good they taste! Im loving ur blog.. beautiful crisp pictures :))

    • Bethany 13 November 2009 at 2:49 pm #

      Thank you Zurin 🙂 I really appreciate your feedback!

  14. dhanggit 13 November 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    OMG these roasties are mouthwatering!! can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  15. BMW 24 November 2009 at 8:47 am #

    Wowwwwwwwwww……Yummyyyyy.Loved the way you explained.Keep up the good work

  16. Maria 17 April 2010 at 12:39 am #

    Hi, there! I just have a little ol’ blog with only a few readers — it’s brand new. But I have been following your recipes and would love to feature you as my “blog of the moment”. I am Lebanese, too, and just LOVE your posts. Although the one that actually got my attention was the Roasties recipe.

    Please email me if you give me your permission to feature you, and perhaps a small blurb about who you are and what you do. Thanks!



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