Crispy fluffy roast potatoes that you can prepare a week before Christmas! That is a winner in my book!!! No peeling potatoes on Christmas morning means more time to sip bucks fizz and enjoy watching people open presents.
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Prepare Ahead Roast Potatoes

Prepare Ahead Perfect Roast Potatoes. Crispy fluffy roast potatoes, baked in the oven for the most simple yet delicious side dish. Use goose or duck fat for a holiday treat, or make these completely vegetarian/vegan with olive oil. Plus learn how you can prepare a week before you need them! Save yourself time on the big day with this great make ahead recipe. Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Servings: 8
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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  • 4 lb potatoes see note 1
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp oil or goose/duck fat


  • Peel your potatoes and then cut them into quarters (if your potatoes are small only cut them in half)
  • Place a large pan of water in the hob and bring it to the boil. Add your salt and potatoes.
  • Cook the potatoes for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes. You want to ensure they are really dry, so leave them to stand for a while.
  • Dry out your pan.
  • Return the potatoes to the plan.
  • Sprinkle over the flour.
  • Place on the lid and give the pan a good shake. You want the edges of the potatoes to get a slight bashed up fluffy look.
  • At this point you can freeze your potatoes (AND cook them later from frozen!) To do this line two large baking sheets with cooking paper and spread the potatoes out in a single layer. Ensure they aren't touching.
  • Place the trays into the freezer until the potatoes are frozen. Now you can transfer them to a ziplock bag until needed.
  • To cook heat the oven to 180ºC and pour the oil (or fat) into a large deep baking tray. (See Notes)
  • Place the baking tray and oil in the oven for 6 minutes.
  • Carefully remove it from the oven and tip in the potatoes.
  • Cook for 30 minutes (if frozen) or 20 minutes if making fresh.
  • Then turn the oven up to 220ºC and roast them for a further 30 minutes until they are all crispy and golden.


  1. You can use any white potato. My choice would be a Desirée or King Edward


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 936mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin C: 25.8mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 7.4mg
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