Looking for the best roast potatoes recipe for your Christmas dinner? We have plenty of ideas for oven roasted potatoes, from goose fat roasties to more inventive ideas to serve with your turkey. Check out our best-ever roast potatoes for a classic, crispy tattie.
We also have an expert guide to how to make the best roast potatoes so you will boast the best roasties at Christmas.
Firstly, how do you make the best roast potatoes?
1. Which potatoes to use for roast potatoes
The best potatoes for roasties are floury – look for King Edward, Maris Piper or Cara. These potato varieties will cook to a crisp, crunchy exterior but stay nice and fluffy inside. Peel and cut them into even sized pieces – not too big as they will take longer to cook and dry out – think golf ball size for reference. 2kg of potatoes will feed six people.
2. How to make crisp roast potatoes
Parboiling starts the cooking process and means that you can finish roasting in a shorter time. It also gives you rougher edges which means extra crispy bits. Drop the prepared spuds in boiling, generously salted water and bring back to a simmer. Cook for five minutes then tip into a colander. Drop a tea towel over the top of the colander and leave for about 3 minutes to dry and cool slightly (the tea towel will absorb the steam). Gently shake them around in the colander to rough up the edges. At this point you can also add a sprinkle of flour or mustard powder and toss to coat (this helps the outside go crunchier too).
3. What fat to use for roast potatoes
You can roast potatoes in duck fat, goose fat, beef dripping or oil (sunflower, rapeseed or groundnut). All of these fats have a high smoking point so won’t burn when you roast at high temperature. Make sure you have the oven at the correct temp (usually 220C/fan 200C/gas 7) and heat the fat in the tin in the oven for 10 minutes before adding the parboiled spuds. Once in the tin, turn the potatoes in the fat so they are coated before they go back in the oven to roast. When choosing a tin use one that isn’t too deep as this will stop the oven heat getting to the potatoes and they will take longer to brown. Add a large knob of butter to the tin for the last 10-15 minutes of cooking to get a really golden colour.
4. Flavouring roast potatoes
Woody herbs like rosemary and thyme work really well – add whole sprigs to the tin then sprinkle with freshly chopped before serving. Add whole unpeeled cloves of garlic to the tin and roast alongside – the garlic will become a purée that can be squeezed out afterwards. Sea salt gives a lovely crunch to roast potatoes and you can experiment with flavoured varieties like smoked salt or truffle salt. Try sprinkling with parmesan for an extra cheesy crunch or grate over some lemon zest for a bit of zing.
- Our roasties recipes use King Edward, Maris Piper and Cara potatoes
Roast potatoes recipes
Want to cook the perfect roast potatoes this Christmas? With a few simple tricks you can achieve super crunchy and super fluffy roasties, every time. Serve your roasties alongside your festive trimmings.
Stout adds roasted notes and a slight bitterness that works well to cut through the richness of the cheese. Any left-over rarebit mix can be kept in the fridge for welsh rarebit toasts on Boxing Day.
These roast potatoes can be made, covered and kept in the fridge for up to 48 hours. Get ahead and give them a go this Christmas.
If you like crispy-edged potatoes, then these are the spuds for you. There's garlic, pink peppercorns, thyme and parmesan in there for a whack of flavour.
Impress friends and family over the festive season with our pull-apart roasties. This easy potato recipe take roast potatoes to the next level, ideal to spruce up your Christmas dinner with something a bit different.
Thought roast potatoes couldn’t get any better? Once you learn to add butter for extra crunch, you’ll never go back. Our ultimate crispy roast potatoes make the best side dish for Christmas, with rosemary and garlic to spruce them up. Cook the perfect turkey with our easy recipe here
Our duck fat hasselback potatoes are the perfect side dish to make your Christmas dinner a bit different. Rich and golden – duck fat elevates everyday ingredients into something very special. Check out our best duck recipes here
This recipe makes creating the perfect roast potato child's play. Goose fat, English mustard and semolina are the key for making these perfectly crisp roast potatoes for the festive season. Check out our other best veggie sides to go with your perfect roasties
Roast potatoes are always a crowd pleaser, and these little olive oil roasties sprinkled with rosemary are a guaranteed way to get crisp, moreish potatoes ready in an hour. Make these for an easy potato side to serve with your Christmas Day feast.
Crunchy and golden on the outside and fluffy in the middle, this classic side dish is a must for Christmas dinner. Check out our best Christmas ham and turkey alternatives to go with your roasties
Want an alternative roast potato recipe? Our easy recipe for hasselback potatoes is a great way to spruce up your roast potatoes over the festive season. The dill and lemon crumbs add zest and texture. Why not make our perfect Yorkshire puddings to go with your crunchy spuds.
Other potato recipes for Christmas
Check out our epic fried potato recipe with curry powder salt, topped with lime pickle yogurt and crunchy bombay mix. This easy side dish comes from Max Halley's sandwich shop in North London and would be great on Boxing Day.
We often think of hash browns as a breakfast thing but try these instead of roast potatoes with your Christmas dinner or for a festive brunch. You’ll never look back.
Use up your leftover potatoes with this punchy recipe. Make this quick dish for an easy side at a festive get together with friends.
Check out our impressive cheesy mash potato recipe with raclette cheese. This indulgent French cheesy mash would make a great side dish for feasts over the festive season.
Looking for an alternative potato recipe to impress guests over the festive season? Try our recipe for the classic French side dish Pommes Anna, it's vegetarian and ready in 1 hour.
Looking for an easy potato recipe to serve over the festive season? Check out these super crispy, buttery garlic smashed new potatoes, a perfect side dish for Christmas dinner.
Jazz up your potatoes this Christmas with our alternative roasties recipe. Check out this brilliant get-ahead recipe, inspired by those perfectly portioned potato stacks served in restaurants. All the fiddly work is done ahead, then you simply need to roast at a high heat to achieve meltingly tender, burnished golden potatoes.
Impress the family this Christmas and serve our easy Dauphinoise potatoes for your festive feast. We love the combination of cream, garlic and cheese smothered on thinly sliced potatoes and it makes any meal feel more special. What's even better, is that you can cook and eat this now, or freeze ahead to have ready when you need it.
Spice up your potato side dishes with these mustard seed potatoes. This recipe is really easy to follow but packs in a lot of flavour. They're perfect for an easy side to serve at your festive get togethers.