Boiling the potatoes for longer, then smashing them, makes for more surface area, meaning golden brown beauties and extra crispy bits everyone will love!
- 1½ kg floury potatoes (Maris Piper or King Edward), smaller potatoes kept whole, larger ones chopped in half
- 100ml sunflower oil
MethodPut the potatoes in a large pan filled with cold salted water. Bring to the boil and cook for 15 mins until a cutlery knife can be inserted into the centre of a potato with only a little resistance, then drain and steam-dry.
- Heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Boil the potatoes in a large pan of water for 3 mins, then drain well. Tip onto a large baking sheet and toss with the oregano, lemon zest, olive oil and some seasoning.
- Put the potatoes into the oven for 15 mins (the last 15 mins of the lamb's cooking time, if cooking together - see 'Goes well with' recipe), then turn up the heat to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Roast the potatoes for a further 20 mins, turning once, until golden and crisp.
- Boil the potatoes in lots of salted water until almost cooked all the way through. Drain and leave to cool a bit. Strip the rosemary leaves and mix with the oil, garlic and seasoning in a roasting tray.
- Tip in the potatoes, crush them a little with a masher or a fork and toss with the oil mixture. Roast for 35 mins in the oven underneath the chicken until they are crunchy and you can smell the rosemary and the garlic just on the edge of burning.
- 2½ kg small-ish potato, such as Desirée, peeled
- 5 tbsp duck or goose fat or sunflower oil
- few thyme sprigs
- Using a sharp knife, thinly slice each potato about two-thirds through, so the bottom of the potato holds the slices together. One way of doing this is to insert a metal skewer through the length of each potato, close to the base, before slicing. Sit the potato on a chopping board with the skewer nearest the board, then thinly slice down. Pull out the skewer and move on to the next spud.
- Heat the fat in a large roasting tin in the oven for 5 mins, then carefully roll in the potatoes with some sea salt. Roast at 200C/180C fan/ gas 6 along with the turkey for its final 30 mins. When you take the turkey out to rest, increase heat to 220C/200C fan/ gas 7, give the tin a good shake and roast potatoes for a further 30 mins until crisp and cooked through.