If you’re going to make roast potatoes, make them right- crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a rustic flavour. Here’s my top tips and favourite recipe for the ultimate roast potatoes!
Tip 1: Olive oil gives roast potatoes a wonderful flavour. To stop the roasties becoming greasy, make sure your oil is very hot before placing the potatoes into the baking tray- the oil needs at least 5 minutes in a hot oven to get to the optimum roasting temperature.
Tip 2: Choose a fluffy variety of potato such as Maris Piper, King Edward or Rooster. Maris Piper is my favourite for a light and fluffy centre beneath a crisp skin.
Tip 3- Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes, drain the water, then shake them vigorously in the pan. This will ruffle the edges and give more surface to go crisp.
Tip 4- Double roasted potatoes lock in the flavour! Roast initially for 30 minutes, then add garlic and rosemary to the tray to flavour the oil before returning for 20 minutes more. If you add these ingredients at the start, they will simply burn and give a bitter taste.
Tip 5: Scatter a generous pinch of sea salt over the potatoes when cooked to give bursts of flavour. Maldon sea salt is my favourite to use as the fine flakes have a wonderful crunch which enhance the roasties and take them to a new level!
This is my go-to recipe for Olive Oil and Sea Salt Roasted Potatoes with roasted garlic and rosemary- enjoy!
100ml olive oil
1kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
1 bulb of garlic, cut in half widthways
4 sprigs of rosemary
Generous pinch of Maldon sea salt