• Serves 4
  • 75 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 3 Ingredients


This roast potato dish is truly the most heart-warming, easy dish in the world. It will remind you of all that is good in the world.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • However many you can eat Potatoes
  • Generous splash Olive Oil
  • To taste Salt


  1. Peel the potatoes and half them, then quarter the halves.
  2. Put in boiling water and boil for 20 minutes.
  3. Drain and leave for 5 minutes to dry. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.
  4. Put back in the empty saucepan, splash some olive oil in the saucepan. Enough to just coat the potatoes. Liberally season with salt.
  5. Put lid on the saucepan and vigorously shake saucepan up and down, smashing potatoes. This is the key to a beautiful crunchy potato. You want them to be battered and fluffy.
  6. Then place in the baking tray and spread evenly. They will probably look quite roughed up – but the roughness creates the crunchiness. Bake at 200 degrees for minimum of 40 minutes – then check to see when crunchy and perfect.

  • Yep, Jamie Oliver drops his in a sieve/colander after par boiling, to scruff up the edges. Have to say, duck fat roast potatoes are the best I’ve ever had. But olive oil is ok too


  • What an amazing idea. and who doesnt love perfect potatoes. Weekend it is! Thanks for sharing.


  • i think this idea would be awesome. this seems so easy to do and would be impressive. i would love to try this one. cheers for posting this


  • I have to try this. Thanks for the recipe.


  • I love potatoes done this way!


  • I love roast potatoes with crunchy outside and soft inside :)


  • Mmm, have my steaks out, and cannot wait to eat these yummy roast potatoes with them!


  • They look amazing. Hungry looking at them!


  • Worked a treat Thankyou


  • I love roast potatoes


  • I forgot the boiling trick that for sharing. So true


  • Nothing beats yummy roast potatoes. Thanks for sharing.


  • That’s how I do it :)


  • I’ve used this method before and it does make perfect potatoes! Soft but crunchy mmmm


  • Yum! Love roast potatoes. I think it would work with sweet potatoes too.

    • I love potatoes, sweet potato, pumpkin everything!!!

      • This is great! My wife craved roasted Vegies when she was pregnant with our first sooooo yummy


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