Perfect roast potatoes

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 8 people

  • 6 Desiree potatoes, coarsely chopped
  • Reserved pork fat (see porchetta recipe)
  • 1 tbsp lard (see note)
  • 4 rosemary sprigs, stalks and smallest sprigs discarded
01   Preheat oven to 250C. Cook potato in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until par-boiled (10 minutes), drain and set aside.
02   Strain pork fat into a flameproof roasting pan, add lard and cook over high heat until hot. Add potato (be careful as hot fat will spit), toss to coat, season to taste, then roast in oven, turning occasionally, until golden and cooked (30 minutes). Add rosemary to pan a few minutes before potatoes are ready. Scatter with sea salt and serve hot.

Note Making your own lard offers the best flavour: cook pork back-fat with 5mm water in a saucepan over low heat until fat renders, strain, then refrigerate until fat solidifies.

Topics:

ROSEMARY, SIDE DISH, MASTERCLASS, WINTER, ROAST, POTATOES, ITALIAN

Recipe:

LISA FEATHERBY

Photography:

DEAN WILMOT

Styling:

KATY MILLS

FEATURED IN

May 2012

May 2012

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