Christmas Roast Potatoes
Cook up the perfect Christmas roast potatoes with a little help from these tried and tested methods.
Roasted potatoes play a vital part in the Christmas dinner and fits snugly beside any festive centrepiece whether it’s goose, turkey or nut roasts. We’ve compiled our top tips for cooking the perfect Christmas roast potatoes so you can impress on the big day!
Choose the right spud
To avoid disappointment on Christmas day, you need to start with the right type of potato. In order to gain that beautiful collision of light, fluffy centres and crispy skins in your roast potatoes, you need to seek a more floury variety of potato. Roosters tend to be a great all-rounder and Maris Piper potatoes work particularly well. Stay well away from boiling potatoes and salad potatoes which won’t cook well on the inside and will instead dry out.
Parboil before roasting
This little trick is key. Before preparing and placing your spuds in the oven you should parboil them. This process helps to loosen the skin so the seasoning and fats you add later on can soak up the flavours, it also helps the skins to develop a lovely crispy exterior. Parboil them until the the middle of the potato remains firm but the outside becomes softer. Then you can take your roast potatoes to the next phase.
Cook the potato using the roast’s centrepiece
In the remaining 20 minutes of cooking, nestle the potatoes closer to the roast’s centrepiece. This allows extra flavours and juices to seep into the spuds giving them that extra flavour. This simple tip really goes a long way in terms of taste and results.
Fats and seasoning
Christmas is all about indulging, it’s just a fact – we tend to eat a little too much which is all good and well as long as you don’t overdo it. Duck fat and goose fat roast potatoes are the go-to for a special treat this Christmas. If you’re looking to add this into the Christmas roast potato equation then ensure you heat your fats seperately whilst your spuds are on the boil.
In terms of seasoning, you can’t really go wrong with a pinch of rosemary and garlic. If you’re looking to experiment this Christmas then add a sprinkle of paprika to give your roasties a spicy twist!
Further your culinary skills with our hints and tips which guides you through the process of making the perfect jacket potatoes, chips and potato wedges. If you’re looking for a way to use up your leftovers then why not rustle up our Christmas Leftovers Jacket Potato.
How to make mashed potatoes
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.