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Super-Crisp Roasted Potatoes

Super-Crisp Roasted Potatoes
Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

It wasn't so long ago that we learned to cook from an authority figure — our mother, our boss, Julia. They showed us how to do something, and we simply did it — without asking questions, much less demanding answers. ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
  • 3 pounds baking potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1- to 2-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup duck fat, bacon fat or olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, parsley and/or chives

Step 1Adjust the oven racks to the upper and lower-middle positions, and heat the oven to 450 degrees

Step 2Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Season generously with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are just barely cooked through, about 10 minutes (a knife or cake tester inserted into a potato should meet little resistance). Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

Step 3Add the fat and a few generous grinds of pepper to the hot potatoes and toss well; the potatoes should end up with a thin coating of potato-fat paste.

Step 4Spray two rimmed baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray (or coat with a thin layer of oil). Transfer the potatoes to the baking sheets and roast until the bottoms are crisp, rotating the pans halfway through cooking, about 25 minutes. Test the potatoes by trying to pry one or two pieces off the baking sheet with a stiff metal spatula. If they don’t come off easily, roast for additional 3-minute increments until they do.

Step 5Flip the potatoes with the spatula, making sure to get all the crisped bits off the bottom, then continue to roast until golden brown and crisp all over, about 25 more minutes.

Step 6Transfer to a serving bowl, season to taste, and toss with chopped herbs.

Note: Recipe adapted from J. Kenji López-Alt’s book "The Food Lab" (W.W. Norton).


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