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Crunchy freeze-ahead roast potatoes recipe

Crunchy freeze-ahead roast potatoes recipe

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These delicious and simple freeze-ahead roasties help take the pressure off for the big day as they can be cooked from frozen. A must-make for a smooth, fuss-free Christmas dinner or Sunday roast. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 25 mins to prepare and 1 hr 05 mins to cook
  • 456 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 2.5kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and halved or quartered if large
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes, plus a pinch
  • 6 tbsp cornmeal
  • 300ml vegetable oil or goose fat
If you haven't got any Maris Pipers, try using King Edward potatoes

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    13g 18%
  • Saturates

    2g 8%
  • Sugars

    3g 3%
  • Salt

    1.7g 29%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 82.2g Protein 9.4g Fibre 6.7g


  1. Put the potatoes and salt in a large saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Boil for 6-8 mins until a sharp knife can pierce the potatoes with a little resistance. Drain well and leave to steam-dry for 10 mins.

  2. Tip the potatoes back into the pan and add the cornmeal and a pinch of salt. Shake the pan with the lid on to coat the potatoes in the cornmeal and rough up the edges a little. Add 150ml of the oil or fat to the pan and shake again to coat.

  3. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Arrange the potatoes in 1 layer in 1-2 nonstick baking trays. Drizzle over the remaining oil or fat and roast for 45-50 mins, turning halfway, until golden and crisp.

Get ahead: Prepare to the end of step 2, then spoon onto lined trays, spaced out well so they don't stick together. Freeze for 1-2 hrs; once solid, transfer to freezer-proof containers for up to 3 months. Cook from frozen for 30 mins at gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C, then increase the heat to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C and roast for 30-35 mins.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

See more Christmas side recipes

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