This is my Mum's recipe and they've never failed me. There's no doubt that the fat from roast meat makes the best roast potatoes. Alternatively, if you ever roast a goose or duck save every drop of the fat and freeze it down in ice cube trays, then bag it


  • 675 g floury potatoes (cut into large even-sized chunks, rooster or golden wonder, preferably all similar in size)
  • vegetable oil, or dripping, goose or duck fat
  • maldon sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F/Gas 7).
  • Place the potatoes in a pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes until the outsides have just softened. Drain and return to the pan for 1 minute or 2 to dry out.
  • Meanwhile, preheat a roasting tin with a 1cm/½in of oil, or dripping, duck or goose fat for a few minutes until just smoking.
  • Put the lid back on the potatoes and shake vigorously to break up and soften the edges or roughly prod the outside of the potatoes with a fork.
  • Carefully tip them into the hot oil, basting the tops.
  • Place the roasting tin with the potatoes back in the oven and cook for 40 minutes, then pour off the majority of the fat before turning the potatoes over.
  • Season to taste with the salt and cook for a further 20 minutes until crispy around the edges and golden brown.
  • To serve, tip the roast potatoes into a warmed serving dish.

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