Dreaming of Christmas roast potatoes?
You’re not alone.
Mains can be adapted. Sides can be experimented with. But, it’s simply not Christmas dinner without roasties at the table.
And everyone has an opinion on how to get those perfect fluffy-on-the-inside, crisp-on-the-outside roasties.
So, we thought we’d throw our two cents in and share our tips for mouth-watering Xmas potatoes…
1. Choose your potatoes wisely.
While all potatoes taste nice slathered in oil and roasted, Xmas potatoes have that special quality that results in the perfect roast spud.
2. Cut them right!
Very uneven shapes can leave some burnt (and it’s imperative that there’s enough to go around… several times….). You want nice, thick, chunky shapes that are satisfying to bite into.
Depending on their sizes, cutting medium potatoes into quarters and smaller ones in half will do a pretty decent job.
Oh, and peel. Always peel Xmas pots for the ultimate comfort factor!
3. Parboil, parboil, parboil!
A must for Xmas potatoes is to parboil them in salted water first for about ten minutes. This will ensure that gorgeous crisp exterior and pleasantly fluffy interior that we’ve been waiting weeks for…
The secret at this stage?
When drained, shake them up in the pan to create that extra crispy, batter-like texture when roasted.
4. Heat the oil.
Use some really beautiful quality oil for an extra dimension of deliciousness. Good food is all about quality ingredients at every step – so it’s worth the investment if you want a feast to impress!
Pour some oil into a large baking tray (or two). This is not the time of year to skimp on quantity (we have the new year for that…) – so be generous!
Heat in a hot oven until piping. Once hot, throw in the potatoes and coat well (being careful not to splash hot oil on yourself!)
5. Add some flavour!
And of course – season well with flaky sea salt for extra bursts of flavour.
6. Pour yourself some bubbly…
The next step in to bake for at least 45 minutes. Keep an eye on them – you don’ want to burn them! And, if you want a bit of extra flavour, halfway through the cooking time add some potatoes to your meat or veggie main roasting in the oven to imbue with extra flavour.
You’ve earned it!
Sit back, relax, and let the aroma of mouth-watering Christmas potatoes fill the house…
These are our tips for mouth-watering Christmas roasties. But everyone has their own secrets too roast potato perfection. What’re yours? Leave a comment on this post, on social media and don’t forget to tag us in your Christmas potato creations! (@finandfarm).
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Image 1: Christmas Cooking by Stewart Black/Flickr (CC)