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Perfect roast potatoes

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for perfect roast potatoes.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 8
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking
Perfect roast potatoes
Perfect roast potatoes


  • 6 Desiree potatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lard (see note)
  • 4 rosemary sprigs, stalks and smallest sprigs discarded


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 250C. Cook potato in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until par-boiled (10 minutes), drain and set aside.
  • 2
    Strain pork fat into a flameproof roasting pan, add lard and cook over high heat until hot. Add potato (be careful as hot fat will spit), toss to coat, season to taste, then roast in oven, turning occasionally, until golden and cooked (30 minutes). Add rosemary to pan a few minutes before potatoes are ready. Scatter with sea salt and serve hot.


Note Making your own lard offers the best flavour: cook pork back-fat with 5mm water in a saucepan over low heat until fat renders, strain, then refrigerate until fat solidifies.