Potato Lovers® Roast Potatoes
Heston Blumenthal's Roast Potatoes

Taken from Heston's book 'In Search of Perfection'

Taken from Heston's book 'In Search of Perfection'


1kg Potatoes for Roasting
Olive Oil (enough to fill the roasting tray to a depth of just under 1cm)
4 cloves of garlic
1 generous bunch of fresh rosemary
table salt


1. Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/Gas 5
2. Wash the potatoes thoroughly and then peel them. Reserve the peelings and tie them in a muslin bag. Cut the potatoes into quarters (the quartering is important because it's the edges that get nice and crunchy: that's why reasonably large potatoes are needed for this recipe) and leave them in a bowl under running water for 2-3 minutes (or put in a bowl of water for 15 minutes, changing the water every 5 minutes).
3. Bring a pan of salted water (10g salt per litre of water) to the boil, add the potatoes and toss in the bag of peelings (they contain lots of flavour). Cook for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft: take them as far as you can without ending up with potato soup. (Its the fissures that form as the potato breaks up that trap the fat, creating a crunchy crust.)
4. Meanwhile, pour the olive oil into a roasting tray (it needs to be large enough to hold all the potatoes in one layer) and place in the oven.
5. Once the potatoes are soft, drain them in a colander and discard the bag of peelings. Give them a gentle shake to roughen the edges and drive off any remaining drops of water.
6. Put the potatoes in the hot roasting tray and roll them around so that they are completely coated in oil. Roast for an hour or so, until crisp and a lovely golden brown, turning every 20 minutes. Add the garlic and rosemary after 50 minutes.
7. Season with salt and serve.

Potato Lovers® Roast Potatoes
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