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Get-ahead roast potatoes recipe

Get-ahead roast potatoes recipe

20 ratings

Extra-crunchy when cooked from frozen, these freeze-ahead potatoes are the perfect addition to your festive feast. Simple but delicious, you can't go wrong with these roasties as your side dish. What's more, when you cook these from frozen they end up extra crunchy, so it's a win-win for you and your guests! See method

  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins to prepare and 1 hr 05 mins to cook
  • 229 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free


  • 1.25kg floury potatoes, peeled and halved, or quartered if large
  • 2 tsp plain flour
  • 5 tbsp goose fat or vegetable oil
  • 2 thyme sprigs, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • sea salt flakes, to serve (optional)

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    8g 11%
  • Saturates

    2g 11%
  • Sugars

    1g 1%
  • Salt

    0.1g 2%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 33.6g Protein 4.3g Fibre 3.4g


  1. Put the potatoes in a saucepan with a pinch of salt and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and bubble for 5 mins. Drain well in a colander. Place the colander over the pan and steam-dry for 5 mins.

  2. Return to the pan, put a lid on and shake the pan to really rough up the sides. Add the flour and shake again to evenly distribute.

  3. If making ahead, spread out on a baking tray and loosely cover with foil. Leave to cool, then open-freeze before transferring to a large freezer bag.

  4. To cook, preheat the oven to gas 7, 220˚C, fan 200˚C. Spoon the goose fat into a roasting tin and transfer to the oven for 5 mins to melt. Working quickly, add the potatoes straight from the fridge or freezer to the hot fat – they should sizzle. Turn to coat, then cook for 20 mins.

  5. Turn the potatoes, basting in the fat, then roast for another 20 mins. Turn again, season and roast for 15 mins until crisp. Spoon into a serving bowl; scatter with thyme and salt, if you like.

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.

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