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The perfect recipe for duck-fat roast potatoes

The crunch, the colour, the fluffy inside – these potatoes have got it all.

By Emma Knowles
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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The hunt for the perfect roast potatoes recipe is over. First, par-boil your spuds for fluffiness, then shake them vigorously to rough up the edges – this increases their surface area so they get that golden colour all over. Then enter duck fat, your secret weapon for flavoursome roast potatoes with maximum crisp and crunch.


  • 1 kg small Dutch cream or small Sebago potatoes, scrubbed and halved
  • 100 gm duck fat
  • 1 garlic head, cloves separated
  • 2 tbsp rosemary leaves


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200C. Place potatoes in a large saucepan of cold salted water, bring to the boil over high heat and cook until just starting to soften (8-10 minutes), drain immediately and return to saucepan. Shake pan vigorously to roughen edges of potato.
  • 2
    Heat duck fat in oven in a roasting pan large enough to hold potatoes in a single layer until very hot (4-5 minutes). Add potatoes, garlic and rosemary to pan, shake carefully to coat in duck fat, season generously and roast until dark golden and crisp (25-30 minutes), serve immediately.