Roasties. For some, they’re the best part of Christmas dinner. Maybe Christmas full stop. But what makes the perfect roast potato?

To find out, we tracked down the UK’s most roastie obsessed. Spud perfectionists with cooking tips they’re desperate to share. Meet the Roastinado’s.

The Over Prepper. 

Spud sizes? Cooking times? Seasoning? Peter the Over Prepper can answer any Christmas roastie question you can think of. And ones you can't.
The Pressure Cooker.

Christmas is emotional enough without adding overcooked roasties to the mix. Do you relate to Tim the Pressure Cooker's roastie quirks?
The Roastie Nomad. 

Surf golden waves of fluffiness with Alice - aka the Roastie Nomad. She goes with the gravy and has some rad roast potato insights for you.
The Secret Scoffer. 

Roasties aren't just for Christmas. Can you imagine? Especially when they have surprising benefits. Just ask Tara the Secret Scoffer.
The Roastie Pincher. 

Blink and you'll miss Frank, the infamous Roastie Pincher. No Christmas dinner heist is too bold, no roastie bowl too far out of reach. Watch and learn.


Find your perfect roastie below to set the record straight – and see which Roastinado agrees with you.

Roastie Nomad

11. Your soulmates with our Roastie Nomad. You’ve gone for golden waves of fluffiness. Washed down with gravy. 

Over Prepper

8. You’re in sync with our Over Prepper. A golden, even-colour after rotating spuds 90 degrees as they cook.  

Roastie Pincher

6. You’re a Roastie Pincher too. Just the right shade to blend in with the other roast potatoes. No one sees them go ‘missing’. 

Secret Scoffer

1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10 & 12. So you share Secret Scoffer’s good taste? Ooh, look at all those roasties. They’re all just perfect. 

The Pressure Cooker

5 & 9. It’s hard to pick the perfect shade, eh? You won’t be rushed, just like The Pressure Cooker. 


Inspired by the Roastinados, TikTok sensation and ‘Food Waste Disruptor’ @lagomchef has created his own roast potato recipe. See how to make Lagomchef’s Garlic, Sage, and Blue Cheese Roast Potatoes for yourself here.


How long to roast potatoes?

Parboil your potatoes for 5 minutes. Then roast them in the oven for about 45 – 50 minutes or until the potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.  

How to make crispy roast potatoes?

The secret to crispy roasties is choosing the right potato (we recommend the Albert Bartlett Original Rooster) and roasting them in a little goose fat.  

How to make roast potatoes?

It all starts with the right potato. We recommend the Albert Bartlett Original Rooster. 
1. Pre-heat the oven 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas Mark 6. Put goose fat into a roasting tin and heat in the oven until it’s really hot. 
2. Peel the potatoes and cut each into even sized pieces. 
3. Put the potatoes into a large saucepan of cold water with a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Parboil for 5 minutes, then drain well and toss back into the pan to roughen the edges. 
4. Carefully place the potatoes in the hot oil covering evenly. 
5. Roast in the oven with some rosemary for about 45 – 50 minutes or until the potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. Turn over halfway through the cooking. 
6. Remove from the tray and drain on kitchen paper. (Don’t cover if you’re keeping them warm before serving). 
Serve with a sprinkling of salt.