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Christmas Ready Super Crispy Roast Potatoes Recipe

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

Taking the stress out of the Christmas dinner is something that’s really important to me. Freeing up as much time as possible to spend with the family yet producing the most important meal of the year to a high standard. And doing this and looking calm and relaxed and making it look easy is all part of the Christmas magic that I try to create.

So here is another of my time saving recipes that will impress family and friends and no one will know you prepared it ahead of time.

I usually buy either King Edward or Maris piper potatoes, as these both have a lovely fluffy texture which is just what you need inside crispy roast potatoes .And here is my secret to guaranteeing crispy roasties.

Peel the potatoes and par boil them, keeping a close eye as this is really important. They need to start to soften on the outer so check with a pointed knife or skewer. Once the outer is softened, drain in a colander and leave them for a few minutes to dry.

Next I tend to use a baking tin, in batches lift the potatoes into your backing tin and using two forks gently scratch the potatoes all over. And then spoon goose fat over them. Gently turn them over and make sure all surfaces are scratched and then covered in the fat. You will find this will help the potatoes to absorb the oil on the outer layer and this is going to be the making of super crisp potatoes.

Next cover a tray with parchment or greaseproof paper and lift the prepared potatoes on to the tray so they are not touching. Continue doing this until all the potatoes are on the tray.

Leave them to cool and then pop them into the freezer to flat freeze. Once frozen put your potatoes into a freezer bag and label.

On Christmas Day just pop them in a baking tray straight from the freezer and into the nice hot oven. No need to thaw them. And you will not be disappointed. Turn the potatoes a couple of times while cooking and hey presto beautiful roasties, crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle!

Sshhhh…. I’m going to tell you a secret, but don’t tell my family. I make these all year round. But use beef dripping instead of goose fat. So whenever I’m cooking a big family dinner or even if it's just me and my Mr I can pop my hand in the freezer and take out however many I need.

This way of preparing roast potatoes has passed the family taste test too as I cooked some potatoes from frozen and some fresh and my family couldn’t tell the difference. So don’t go worrying it won’t taste the same because they do!

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