Freeze-ahead roasties

Save precious time when planning a group meal by prepping and freezing your potatoes in advance

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 20 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 417
  • fat 20g
  • saturates 6g
  • carbs 55g
  • sugars 2g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 6g
  • salt 0.05g


  • 2½ kg/5lb 8 oz Maris Piper, red-skinned or King Edward potatoes, peeled
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 140g duck or goose fat
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil


  1. Leave small and medium potatoes whole, but halve large potatoes. Tip the potatoes into a large pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil. Boil for 6 mins exactly, then drain in a colander and leave to steam-dry for a few mins. Toss in the colander to rough up the sides.

  2. Transfer to a large bowl. Shake over the flour, some salt and a little pepper, and toss well to combine. Spoon over 100g of the fat and toss to coat evenly. Lay the potatoes on a tray lined with baking parchment and freeze. Once frozen, the potatoes can be transferred to a freezer bag for easy storage. Can be frozen for up to 3 months.

  3. When ready to cook, heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pour remaining fat and the oil into a baking tray and put in the oven. When the fat is sizzling, carefully add the potatoes, then roast for 25 mins. Remove tray, then increase oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Turn over the potatoes and return to the oven for a further 40 mins until golden and crisp.

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