Perfect roasties

    1 hour 10 min

    I always try to use Golden Wonders or large baking potatoes - waxy or new potatoes don't crisp up as much. This recipe involves par-boiling them first before roasting, so they all cook evenly and are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside.


    County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
    74 people made this

    Makes: 16 roasties

    • 4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil, or as needed
    • 1 pinch sea salt

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C / gas mark 5. Warm a roasting tin or oven-proof casserole dish while you are preparing the potatoes.
    2. Place peeled potatoes in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes; drain really well in a colander, shaking them for a few seconds to fluff them up at the edges.
    3. Carefully arrange the potatoes in the roasting tin and baste them with hot oil. Sprinkle over some sea salt and roast for an hour, turning them every 20 minutes or so, until they've crisped up and are golden all over.


    Don't be tempted to peel the potatoes and leave them soaking in water - this will cause them to be soggy inside when you roast them. If you need to get ahead, you can roast them the day before and reheat.


    Make sure the potatoes are really dry after par-boiling them for 10 minutes. This will prevent them from sticking to the tin as they roast.

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    Delicious...I like to think my roasties now rival my dad's in terms of deliciousness!  -  10 Aug 2013


    Amazing roasties, tasted perfect! Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside.. perfect for Sunday dinner!  -  26 Mar 2018


    Until yesterday, I had never heard of "Roasties". (A fault of being hidden deep in the USA.) I did learn they are a UK recipe so I jumped across the pond to get a recipe. I am very happy that this is the one I chose for the first try. The roasties turned out crispy and golden outside, yet fluffy and moist inside. I will not pursue any other recipe for roasties. Thank you, Ita!  -  18 Mar 2017