Roast Potato Information & Recipes

Roast Potatoes Information & Recipes

The roast potato is one of the most loved British dishes and the pinnacle of the Christmas dinner, with many people having their own special hints and tips to achieving the perfect roasties.

In the quest to find the perfect and best roast potatoes, commissioned independent tests and tastings on over 85 bags* of potatoes in small batches to find the optimum time and method of tatty cooking for the modern cook.

The research compared the performance of a range of cooking oils - from olive, sunflower and rapeseed oils and goose fat to the on-trend coconut and avocado oils. The research used the Rolls Royce of potatoes, the Maris Piper, but King Edwards also make fluffy roasties.

The results showed that:

  • For the optimum crispiness and crunch, two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a 45 minute cooking time was recommended (per 1.5kg of potatoes
  • If you want to cook speedy roasties, ready in just 35 minutes, opt for coconut oil, which also gives a sweeter taste
  • Roasties cooked in rapeseed oil gives the lowest saturated fat content 
    Even though it’s the favourite of celeb chefs, goose fat roasties resulted in the least crispy crust (although you do get the fluffiest inside)

The research, which was commissioned by, the body representing British potato farmers, aimed to scientifically prove the best roasting method once and for all, to enable home cooks get the best out of their potatoes.

Did you know?

  • All fresh potatoes are naturally gluten free!
  • Fresh potatoes are also fat free, saturated fat free and a source of fibre
  • When oven roasted, the main mineral found in potatoes is potassium; Potassium contributes to normal muscle function. It also helps the maintenance of normal blood pressure

Find out how to make delicious roast potatoes, or try one of our favourite recipes with roast potatoes:

Lamb mini roast with rosemary butter

Roast King Edwards with Lamb, Paprika, Peppers, Onions and Olives

One pan Mediterranean Roast Chicken

*130kg of potatoes in total were tested.

We think you’ll agree when we say there’s not much better than a crispy, fluffy, piping-hot roast potato on your plate. Spuds are an essential part of any roast and getting them right can make or break the meal! With this in mind we thought it would be a good idea to have a look at a few tips on how to make perfect and delicious roast potatoes.

Put on the oven, whack on some music and let’s get roasting!


Whether they are served up with sausages or mixed up with cheese and spinach, mashed potatoes are a spud staple that are super versatile and delicious. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the texture – some prefer it smooth and buttery whilst others prefer it rustic and chunky. Whatever your preference, we just want you to get them right!

That’s why we thought we would share some tips on how to make mashed potatoes and get them perfect every time!

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This campaign was originally produced in the framework of a programme co-financed by the European Union