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Roast potatoes crisp-wise

Roast potatoes crisp-wise

Crispy roast potatoes are a beloved side dish, cherished for their golden-brown exteriors and fluffy, tender insides. They are versatile, pairing beautifully with everything from a simple roast chicken to an elaborate holiday feast. Achieving the perfect roast potatoes involves a few key steps: parboiling the potatoes to create a tender interior, roughing them up for extra crispy edges, and roasting them at a high temperature to ensure a beautifully crisp finish. Whether you’re serving them at a family dinner or a festive gathering, these crispy roast potatoes are sure to be a hit.



  • 2 lbs (about 1 kg) potatoes (Yukon Gold or Russet are ideal)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or melted duck fat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary or thyme, chopped (optional)


  1. Prepare the Potatoes:
    • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
    • Peel the potatoes and cut them into evenly sized chunks (about 1-2 inches).
    • Place the potatoes in a large pot of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes, until the edges are just starting to soften.
  2. Drain and Rough Up the Potatoes:
    • Drain the potatoes in a colander. Let them sit for a minute to dry off.
    • Shake the colander gently to rough up the edges of the potatoes. This step is crucial for creating crispy edges.
  3. Season and Oil the Potatoes:
    • Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Add the olive oil or melted duck fat, salt, pepper, and garlic (if using). Toss until the potatoes are well coated.
    • Spread the potatoes out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Make sure they are not overcrowded to ensure even roasting.
  4. Roast the Potatoes:
    • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven. Roast for 20 minutes, then remove the sheet and turn the potatoes to ensure even browning.
    • Return to the oven and roast for another 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy. For extra crispiness, you can turn them again halfway through this period.
  5. Add Herbs and Serve:
    • If using fresh herbs, sprinkle them over the potatoes in the last 5 minutes of roasting.
    • Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.
    • Serve your crispy roast potatoes hot, and enjoy their perfect combination of crunchy exterior and soft interior.

These crispy roast potatoes are a delicious and satisfying addition to any meal, guaranteed to delight your family and guests.

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