The Perfect Roast Potatoes

  • potatoes, as many as you need (Maris Peer, Charlotte and Nicola)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • coarse salt
  • flour, for dusting
  • olive oil
  • rosemary sprigs
  • banana shallots (optional)

Step one: Peel the potatoes, quarter them.

Step two: Add them to a pot of salted boiling water with two bay leaves.

Step three: Cook until firm but tender, drain in a colander and shake around until you have a nice pitted texture.

Step four: Arrange on a breadboard and season with coarse salt and dust with cake flour.

Step five: Arrange on an oven tray liberally coated with olive oil and a few sprigs of rosemary. You can essentially arrange a few banana shallots alongside the potatoes. Return to your 200ºC preheated oven and roast for about 15 minutes, give the whole tray a good shake and continue until your potatoes are golden and crispy. If you really want to be decadent you can use goose or duck fat instead of the olive oil.

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Recipe by Diane Heierli · Photography by C&D Heierli