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Are These the Best Roast Potatoes? I’ve Never Tried This Method, But Will Be Now!

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I think potatoes might be my favourite versatile vegetable. You can make them into fritters, vegetable pancakes, chips/fries, salad, gnocchi, hashbrowns, baked, baked skins, and honestly, is there anything better than a warm plate of mashed potato? What about the best roast potatoes you’ve ever tried?

I make delicious seasoned wedges, topped with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce. I sometimes put cheese and onion in mine for something different. They make the best topping for cottage or shepherd’s pie, and I’m sure almost every Aussie home has a recipe for potato bake.

And then there’s my favourite way to eat them. Roast potatoes roasted to perfection with gravy.

The Best Roast Potatoes

What Makes A Good Roast Potato?

I don’t know about you, but a good roast potato for me is brown and crispy on the outside and soft and melty on the inside. When I make them, I usually top them with whatever gravy I have to accompany the meat I’ve cooked that night. Sometimes, I’ll make them for lunch because they’re so good.

Does UK Mum, Jane, Make The Best Roast Potatoes?

Her daughter Kate seems to think so. The UK digital creator took to social media telling everyone her mum makes the best roast potatoes and films her mum making them, complimenting her the whole time. Their relationship is one of the cutest things about this video. It’s clear to see Kate has a lot of love for her mum.

Roast Potatoes So Delicious
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It’s All About The Spud

Some potatoes lend themselves to roasting better than others. In this video, Jane uses Maris Piper Maris potatoes. They have golden skin, creamy white flesh, and a fluffy texture, making them perfect for roasting. The closest you’ll get to those in Australia are King Edward, Sebago and Dutch Cream.

Roast Potatoes Piper Maris
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So How Does She Do It?

Jane starts by cutting them in halves or quarters and putting them in a saucepan. She leaves the skin on, but you could peel them if you like, but she adds the skins make for great crispy shells.

Jane is a woman after my own heart. She doesn’t measure anything. She says to boil the potatoes until they’re the tiniest bit soft. You don’t need to boil them to fork tender.

Once boiled and drained, she pours a bit of flour in the pan, puts on the lid, then gives them a good shake. This coats them in the flour and roughens them up a bit which helps with both the crispiness and the fluffiness.

Roast Potatoes coated in flour
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She puts a baking tray in the oven with a good drizzle of oil to heat up and get the oil sizzling. You could probably do this while preparing the potatoes, but make sure the oil needs to be sizzling hot.

Roast Potatoes Sizzle in Oil in Oven
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Then she pours the potatoes into the oiled tray and spreads them out before placing them in the oven on the top shelf.

Roast Potatoes Turn Over and Return to Oven
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They don’t give temperatures or times in the video, but I would estimate using a hot oven and cooking them for close to an hour, turning halfway, until they are golden, crispy and delicious.

Comments and Advice

You can’t post anything on social media without someone coming along to tell you how they would do it better.

Some people said to wash the bulk of the flour off. Some suggested using two fats (oil and butter), some said to use duck fat, others advised to season the flour with salt and pepper, and some suggested adding baking soda to the boiling water.

Everyone has a way to roast potatoes that’s been taught to them by someone they love, or from a recipe they looked up and adapted to their liking. I’m going to give Jane’s way a go next time I make roast potatoes and see how they fare. I wonder if the pre-cooking method will work for wedges.

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Tina Evans is a complete introvert, an avid reader of romance novels, horror novels and psychological thrillers. She’s a writer, movie viewer, and manager of the house menagerie: three kelpies, one cat, a fish, and a snake. She loves baking and cooking and using her kids as guinea pigs. She was a teenage parent and has learned a lot in twenty-three years of parenting. Tina loves Christmas and would love to experience a white Christmas once in her life. Aside from writing romance novels, she is passionate about feminism, equality, sci-fi, action movies and doing her part to help the planet.

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