How to cook roast potatoes: Tips for perfect fluffy middle & crispy skin this Christmas

Christmas is just a day away, and one of the highlights of the meal is the roast potatoes.Perfectly cooked roast potatoes don’t have to be tricky,

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Christmas is just a day away, and one of the highlights of the meal is the roast potatoes.

Perfectly cooked roast potatoes don’t have to be tricky, and there are three simple steps to achieving the best ones.

Maris Piper potatoes are widely accepted to be the best variety to choose for roasting.

But what should you do with the raw materials? There are three steps to the best roasties.


While large roast potatoes may look generous on the plate, they are more difficult to cook and get the desired result.

Too much middle could result in overcooked skin and an underdone centre.

Cut the potatoes relatively small to ensure optimal cooking of the skin and white middle.


After boiling the potatoes for two minutes, they should be drained in a colander.

Add a sprinkling of flour – or semolina as Nigella Lawson suggests – season, and shake the colander.

This will roughen the edges of the potatoes to ensure delicious crispy skin.


Goose fat has become one of the most popular choices for cooking roast potatoes in over the last few years. Obviously this is not suitable if you have non-meat eating guests.

Whatever fat you choose, it should be very hot before the potatoes are added to it. Choose a fat with a high smoking point to achieve this – goose fat being one example.

Separate the potatoes evenly across the tray and cook for one hour or until golden.

One element of the seasonal dinner table which is divisive is Brussels sprouts.

Regardless of whether you love the green nuggets or you hate the veggies with a passion, the average number a Briton eats in a lifetime will astound you.

It’s said the average Brit consumes 1,008 over the course of a lifetime, according to Amazon research.

Similarly we pull 252 crackers around the table and, in preparation for Christmas, each Brit spends 882 hours (more than 36 days) purchasing 1,386 presents across a lifetime.

What’s just as divisive as the nationwide sprout debate? Everyone’s favourite Christmas song.

No Christmas is complete without the soundtrack to the season and as a nation, we’ll each listen to more than 1,008 hours of Christmas music. Worryingly, that’s the equivalent of listening to Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic All I Want For Christmas Is You more than 16,000 times.