Crispy roast potatoes with rosemary salt

Soft and fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside and with fragrant rosemary salt these roast potatoes will complement your Christmas lunch.

  • 1 hr 35 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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  • 2.5 kg Sebago or Dutch Cream potatoes
  • vegetable oil, for roasting
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt flakes
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped finely


  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 200°C (180° fan-forced). Peel potatoes; cut in half, or in quarters if they're large – just make sure the pieces are evenly sized so they cook at the same time. Place the potatoes in a large pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil. Boil for around 15 minutes or until the cut edges are just starting to soften, and a knife or skewer goes easily into the potato. Don't cook any further than this or the potatoes will fall apart.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, put about 1cm of vegetable oil into a roasting pan. Place the pan in the oven until the oil is hot. Drain the potatoes very well. It is critical that they are dry.
  • 3
    Very carefully lower the potatoes into the hot oil. Gently turn them, so that the whole surface area of each potato has a coating of oil. Place the pan back in the oven and cook for about 1 hour, turning the potatoes once or twice, until they are crisp and golden brown.
  • 4
    In a small bowl, combine the salt, rosemary and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 5
    Drain potatoes on paper towels. Sprinkle with rosemary salt while still hot.


Not suitable to freeze or microwave.Julie's tip: If you are a more organised cook than I am, you could boil the potatoes the day before they are needed and keep them uncovered in the fridge.

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