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How to make perfect roast potatoes

The pursuit for perfect roast potatoes is one that many home cooks travel on. In search of a golden crisp coating and a perfectly soft and fluffy centre, any cook knows that when done right – the roast potato is nothing short of sensational.

Paired with a slow cooked roast, a baked dinner or a simple piece of fish, roast potatoes star in some of our favourite mealtime occassions.

Learn how to achieve potato perfection with our easy how-to video for crispy hasselback potatoes. This best-ever spud dish is sure to become a big part of your foodie repertoire and one you won’t be able to resist sharing with your friends and family.

find out how to roast potatoes perfectly with the myfoodbook Cooking School hasselback potato video

Crispy Golden Roast Potatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Crispy Golden Roast Potatoes


  • 1kg starchy potatoes such as Nicola or Nadine variety
  • Fresh garlic cloves unpeeled
  • 1 – 2tbs Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C (180°C fan forced)
  2. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil over high heat. Add unpeeled potatoes and gently boil for approx 20-25 minutes or until soft.  Potatoes are ready when they can be easily pierced with a knife
  3. Plunge cooked potatoes in a large bowl of iced water. When cool enough to handle, easily peel off potato skins using your hands (as shown in video)
  4. Cut peeled potatoes in half then using a fork, fluff them by grating incisions lengthways
  5. Spread potatoes over a large baking sheet lined with baking paper.  Drizzle potatoes with olive oil, add garlic cloves and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper
  6. Bake for approx 45 minutes or until potatoes are golden and crisp
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Here are our top tips as seen in the cooking school video:

Why should you par boil potatoes before roasting?

The most important tip for creating those amazing crispy bits on roast potatoes is to par boil them first. You almost want to feel as if you’ve taken the potatoes “too far” and by this we mean you want the starchy outer of the potato to become quite fluffy. This soft outer edges is what will crisp up perfectly when baked, giving you that fabulous crunchy coating.

Our easy potato peeling hack

You may never peel potatoes the old-fashioned again after watching this cooking tip.  Simply par-boil the potatoes with the skin until soft.  You may even see the skins just started to come away on their own.  Test by piercing with the tip of a knife be to sure they’re soft, then plunge straight into iced water so you can handle them quickly and safely.  Then simply use your hands to push away the skins. They will easily fall away and help create some of the fluffy texture you’ll want.

How to make famous Hasselback roast potatoes

As seen in the video, this tip is the one that will teach you how to achieve perfectly crisp spuds. Once cooked and peeled, cut each whole potato in half, then lay it on it’s flat side. Using a fork, fluff each potato by grating incisions lengthways.

Drizzle with olive oil, add a wedge of garlic and a pinch of sea salt and pepper – then bake until golden and crisp.

Choosing the right potato

You need to select a starchy potato variety in order to achieve the desired buttery and creamy flesh for perfect potatoes. Varieties like the Nadine or Nicola potato are great choices for roasting. See our full guide for choosing the right potato variety.

Now that you know how to make perfect, crispy roast potatoes we’re sure you’ll want to enjoy them alongside something wonderful.

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