Roast Potatoes

Preparation info

  • Serves

    eight to ten

    • Difficulty


Appears in

A Long and Messy Business

A Long and Messy Business

By Rowley Leigh

Published 2018

  • About

Most people fail to get the best results by draining the potatoes before they are fully cooked, resulting in too much moisture being trapped inside. The aim is to get a dry, fluffy texture.


  • 1.3 kg (3 lb) large potatoes for roasting, such as Desiree, King Edward, or Maris


Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F, Gas Mark 7).

Cut the potatoes into small pieces – about the size of a golf ball – of irregular proportion (that is, with round and straight sides) and cover with cold water in a saucepan. Add a teaspoon of salt, and bring to the boil, then turn