crisp crushed roast potatoes
The method below is my preferred path from the decisions above. Feel free to adjust accordingly if you want to try something else. I highly recommend peeling a few and leaving the rest unpeeled so you can experience the flavour difference experiment for your self.
Similar to my findings in my mashed potato experiment, I’ve found that the amount of oil required depends on the type of spud. Floury potatoes like King Edward or Sebago will suck up the oil so go with the upper amount. Waxy spuds like Kipflers, Dutch Creams or Yukon Gold will need less.
900g (2lb) potatoes (see above)
1/4 – 1/2C extra virgin olive oil
8 cloves garlic
3 sprigs rosemary, leaves picked
Scrub yous spuds and halve or quarter so they are around golf ball size. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Add salt and bring to a simmer. Cook for approx 20minutes or until the potatoes are tender when tested with a knife but not completely falling apart. Drain and allow to sit for a few minutes to evaporate some of the steam. You could cool and refrigerate for roasting later if desired.
Preheat oven to 250C (480F). Approximately 5 minutes before you are ready to roast, pop your roasting tray in the oven with the oil to preheat.
Add the drained spuds to the hot oil and toss to coat. Season generously with sea salt and pepper. Cook for about 30minutes, stirring after 15. Using a potato masher or a spatular, gently crush your spuds until they split slightly at the sides (see note above). Roast for another 10minutes and add the garlic and rosemary. Continue to cook until lovely and crisp (50mins – 1 hour total roasting time).
Season well and serve HOT.
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This looks delicious and I’ll try it this week. As everybody knows we Germans love potatoes like nothing else…uh..apart from beer maybe!? We started growing our own potatoes this year and it’s so easy. I can talk because all I do is cook and eat them while my sweetie does all the garden work but he also says it’s easy. We love them in all forms: cooked, mash, fried, salad…they can taste so different depending on the recipe. Here’s one of our favourite recipes for roast potatoes in the oven:
Wash and quarter the potatoes (peel if needed) and put them into a bowl with a marinade made of olive oil, sliced garlic, sea salt, black pepper, rosemary and season with dried chili flakes. Mingle everything with your hands and put it on a baking tray into the preheated oven (160°C), about 30-40 minutes and you’ll have lovely crispy potatoes which are great with most meat, fish or a nice yoghurt dip and bread.
oh I love roast spuds – I shared a house with a Brit who taught me a lot about potatoes although I still get a little confused about floury vs waxy – I often roast potatoes for comfort and I usually roast too many – this weekend I did some with pumpkin and had leftovers on pizza and then in soup – so delicious!
Potatoes! Especially love Jersey Bennes for new potatoes over here in NZ, and Urenika – the maori purple potato. Then my favourite standard spud is Agria – the best mash & roast. My husband is German so I can relate to Kristina above, they make the best kartoffel salat (potato salad).
English friend who makes superb roast spuds does the simmer thing then sprinkles the roughed up spuds with semolina before roasting. Super crisp. Easiest way to rough the potatoes is to shake them in a large sieve. I’m with Sheryl on the Jersey Bennes. They taste as if they have been injected with butter. And they’re in season just round Christmas.
Thank you for your creativity. I’ve just finished my packet of Tim Tams Crush Cookies and Cream, and I am inlove. You are a genius. Now I need to book myself in Tim Tams rehab, but I thank you for your culinary talent. :)
Thanks Jules, they are divine. Cooked them twice this weekend (Friday night with steak and Sunday lunch, with Basque peppers and NZ snapper). But did not need to cook them for a full hour in my oven, only 30 mins. I have the Blue Le Cruseut roasting dish too – it really does hold the heat!
Love your blog, read it frequently.
Great post Jules!
I am a big fan of crushing my spuds also. I usually use the grill element after simmering. Am going to give the oven a go!
lucky you bring able to grow your own spuds… one day GB dreams of growing potatoes alongside some rosemary and garlic.
The waxy vs floury is determined by the type of starch in the potatoes. You can tell the difference when you eat them. Floury have a light and flufffy texture that is almost airy. Waxy are more dense and smooth and tend to taste naturally more creamy.
I also tend to roast too many but they don’t often get a chance to hang around as left overs
thanks for expanding my knowledge of potato varieties.. would love to try out some Jersey Bennes.
brilliant idea to add semolina for extra crunch – will have to try it out thanks
so glad to hear you’re enjoying the Cookies & Cream Tim Tams. They are my favourite as well.
glad to hear you enjoyed the spuds. and thanks for letting me know – my oven is really slow I think. could really do with a newer model.
hadn’t thought to crisp them under the grill. we might have to swap methods
OK so I am now 46 and have never cooked a roast! There I said it! So you are the lucky amazing person that is teaching me (as I type) to cook roast potatoes (only have one tray which has roasting pork in it) wish me luck!!
it’s never to late to learn lisa!
let me know how you get on.
you’re in good hands ;)
Hi Jules, Have just discovered your site, and as new “weekday vegetarians” am thrilled to have found a source of inspiration for interesting and “full of flavour” meals!Bless your cotton sox!