This is actually an art. I can’t count how many times I have had mushy potatoes. Its like each potato corner that longed to be a sharp crispy edge screams the frustrations of someone’s mushy kitchen adventure. Perfect roasted potatoes are like a true mystery of the world. Okay maybe Im going too far?
But seriously there are simple tricks you always do if you want crispy and delicious potatoes without deep-frying, without using toxic oils, and without well.. burning them. Allow me to elaborate.
I once attended a youth prison where I made meals each sunday for the teens there finishing their sentences. The lady officer in charge of the program would assist me as we prepared meals together with everyone learning as we went. We would all have something we were in charge of, and I’d oversee that everything was going as planned recipe wise. During this particular time, we were making yam fries, and after putting the thinly sliced yams in the oven, I would watch as the teens and the officer would keep opening the oven and periodically stirring the yams. I kept saying “do not touch the yams, the more you move them, the more mushy they will become.”, but no matter how many times I said this, they all felt it was proactive to keep stirring them. Trying to engage in effective communication I explained, “Allow them to cook and crisp against the pan before we move them.” But instead, after the fourth oven opening, and the scraping of the metal spatula against these precious yams, I realized there was no going back. They all felt defeated at the mushiness of the yam not-so fries.
This is singlehandedly the biggest issue with mushy potatoes.
Stop stirring the damn potatoes!!! When you move the potatoes around, attempting to flip, move, change positions, or whatever you think you’re doing with your spatula, it only makes the potatoes lose their corners, mash together (particularly yams), and lose their bond with the pan (where the crispiness happens).
The second most common culprit in your not so awesome potato adventures, is the lack of the right kind and quantity of oil on your baking sheet. Olive oil is not ideal to be baking with, and most people do a little drizzle and call it a day. You need a generous portion of fat to keep the potatoes from sticking (ending up mushy) and to cook them in. Don’t be afraid to use fat when you’re using a high quality coconut oil or Ghee (clarified butter).
So here we go folks, my tried and tested, known and loved, crispy potatoes recipe!
*Warning, these are HIGHLY addictive, and if you’re a fry fanatic (like me) you will go nuts for these treats!
These go perfectly as a side for brunches, beside your favourite protein, and alongside your favourite salad.
Note : I wouldn’t necessarily eat these everyday and call them healthy, but like many things on my site they are a tremendous improvement over many foods we find in restaurants to satisfy those cravings we have. So enjoy these in moderation and dammit enjoy the heck out of them, cuz they are damn good.
Serve with your favourite sugar free ketchup, honey sweetened barbecue sauce, or my homemade chipotle or garlic mayonnaise!
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Perfect Roasted Potatoes