How to cook perfect roast potatoes

16 potatoes. (The best potatoes to use are Desirée, since they maintain their shape, but Maris Piper and King Edward are also suitable).
2 tbsp. plain flour
140g goose or duck fat, or dripping
3 tbsp. vegetable or sunflower oil

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1 Heat the oven to 190C/fan170C/gas mark 5. Peel and cut the potatoes in half; if large, cut into quarters, or keep whole if small. Put in a saucepan and pour cold water over, and then let them reach boiling point. Set a timer and boil them for two minutes. Drain the potatoes – then toss in a colander to make their surfaces fluffy, sprinkling flour over.

2 Place a sturdy, large roasting tin above a fairly high heat – then pour in the oil and fat. When it sizzles, carefully lower the potatoes in – then gently brown the potatoes for roughly five minutes to ensure that all the surface area is covered with oil.

3 Roast without intervening for 20 minutes – then take them out of the oven and carefully flip them over, using a fish slice. Put the tray on top of the hob to heat the fat – then put them back in the oven and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Turn them again, once more placing the tray on the hob to heat the oil. Allow a final 20 minutes in the oven, and by now you should have ideal roast potatoes!

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Potato varieties
Use the following for the best results.

Desiree potatoes have creamy, firm flesh which is ideal for mash or a sauce for Dauphinoise Potatoes. Desiree are distinguished by their attractive red skin and pale yellow flesh.

Maris Piper
Since the ‘60s, Maris Piper has been a popular choice; more of these are harvested than any other type in the UK. The Maris Piper has creamy, fluffy flesh, and a golden skin. It is a superb all-rounder, great for wedges, chips and mash.

King Edward
King Edward potatoes are easy to find in retailers. They have cream-coloured skin with pale red blushes. With their light flesh, these potatoes are fluffy when cooked. Try delicious baked potatoes or oven-baked chips.