Four-ingredient roast potato trick gets spuds perfectly crispy every time

Everyone loves a roast potato – on the side of a Sunday dinner, with a steak or even as a cheeky snack…

But, while whipping them up seems simple on paper, we’ve all had at least one roastie failure.

Whether they were too oily, undercooked or refused to turn that lush golden brown colour.

But, you can now cook perfect, crispy, golden brown roast potatoes every time.

All you need to do is add this simple extra step that's backed by famous chef Ina Garten, also known as the Barefoot Contessa.

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Ina uses the trick in her book Modern Comfort Food, reports Mashed.

She calls the recipe “Emily’s Roast Potatoes” – as it was first taught to her by actress Emily Blunt.

It involves drying out the potatoes before roasting them.

Confused? Worry not as we've outlined how to make the perfect roast potatoes below.

Four-ingredient roast potatoes


  • Salt
  • Potatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • Oil
  • Fresh parsley (finely chopped)


  1. Peel and chop some white potatoes and parboil them with salt for eight minutes
  2. Drain them and pop them back in the empty pot – then, shake vigorously for five seconds to fluff them up
  3. Then, here’s the interesting part, put them on a rack to dry for 15 minutes
  4. Lay the potatoes out in a roasting pan with a layer of very hot oil and sprinkle with salt and parsley (put the tray in the oven before you parboil the spuds to get it up to temp)
  5. Bake for 45 minutes in the oven

And there you have it – stunningly crunchy, crispy, creamy potatoes.

So, how does it work?

Well, the draining allows all of the extra moisture to run off of the potatoes.

This means the drier outside of the potato reacts with the hot oil to create a gorgeous crunchy crust.

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If you like, you can also add some pepper and an OXO cube or soup packet mix to the potatoes before baking.

This adds extra flavour.

So, this recipe means you can make the perfect potatoes with just four ingredients – magic!

Scoop the roasted potatoes onto a plate alongside some tender pork, veg and gravy for a yummy family favourite dinner.

We can’t wait to try it ourselves.

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