This is Jamie Oliver’s secret trick for perfect crispy potatoes!

crispy potatoes

This is how to make the most crispy potatoes

Mmm, we love baked potatoes! Add some salt, pepper and a bit of rosemary, and it’s a true party on our plate. Pan-frying the perfect potato can be quite the task, though, because how do you make sure they’re perfectly golden brown and crispy on the outside but also soft on the inside? Everyone’s favourite chef Jamie Oliver has shared a ‘secret’ tip on his YouTube channel.

Perfect crispy potatoes aren’t that hard to make! You don’t make us very happy with pale, half-baked potatoes… But that will be a thing of the past with this trick! You’re not going to prepare them in a pan, but in the oven. Follow the recipe below and you’ll taste the most delicious crispy potatoes you’ve ever tasted!

What you need for 4 people:

  • 1 kg potatoes
  • pepper and salt
  • rosemary
  • olive oil

This is how you make them:

  • Preheat the oven at 190 °C.
  • Slice the potatoes in equally sized pieces of 7-8 cm.
  • Rinse the potatoes to get rid of superfluous starch and then put them in a pan with cold water and some salt. The potatoes need to be entirely covered with water.
  • Bring it up to a boil and cook the potatoes for 6-7 minutes; drain them through a colander and leave them in the colander for 3 minutes to steam dry.
  • Shake the colander a bit to make the potatoes a bit coarse on the outside. This will make sure they end up super crispy.
  • Divide the potatoes over the bottom of a large roasting pan in a single layer and add oil or butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Scoop the potatoes through the oil (or butter).
  • Bake the potatoes in your preheated oven for 30 minutes, until they’re golden brown and are about three quarters of the way done.
  • Here comes the secret trick! Take a potato masher and gently press the baked potatoes to flatten them a little bit and increase their surface. The more the potato comes into contact with the pan, the crispier it’ll become.
  • Add the rosemary to the pan, shuffle the potatoes around and put the pan back into the oven.
  • Bake the potatoes for another 40-45 minutes until they’re perfect: crispy and golden brown!

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Source: Jamie Magazine | Image: Pexels, as illustration