The Best Roast Potatoes In The World

I have been making, baking, roasting and cooking potatoes for decades, always seeking ways in which to perfect this humble vegetable.  And really, if you’re going to eat potato, my advise in two words is ‘don’t compromise’. 

These potatoes have been chopped into bite size squares, massaged in a simple but incredible marinade, and then roasted in a medium oven, and finished off under the grill.  The result a very tender creamy ‘buttery’ potato with the most satisfying of crispy crunches which bursts into the most eloquent of dynamic flavours.

I won’t say more, because it’s a potato you must try to know its immoral magic ! I make no apology for my ingredients, other than to say, I wouldn’t dream of making these any other way.  Omit one ingredient, and it won’t quite be the same.  

2 or 3 large white roasting potatoes peeled and cut into squares 

6 Tbsp cold pressed olive oil
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp liquid smoke
1½ Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp agave nectar
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Ketchup
1 tsp ground smoked paprika

piri piri or chilli flakes for garnishing (piri piri available in UK from here, or in USA from here)
a pinch of ground black pepper
freshly chopped flat leaf parsley


Heat your oven to 250 degrees celsius/485 degrees farenheit.

Place the marinade ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Then spoon into a very large bowl, and add all your chopped potatoes and massage the mixture for 2 minutes, making sure they are all smothered with the marinade.

Next, line a shallow roasting tin carefully place the potatoes on top, distributing them well.

Roast them until they are soft. I can’t say how long that will take as this depends upon the quality of your potatoes, the size you have cut them, and your oven capacity. But you’ll know when they’re done – just poke a sharp knife in and try one if unsure.

Turn them around and then continue roasting for a further 15 minutes and place under a low grill until totally golden, crunchy & insanely irresistible !

Garnish and serve.

Crunch, Munch & enjoy !!!



  1. Breakfast for dinner tonite! Looks so yummy!!

  2. Hi Emma and welcome here. They really are quite a treat, sounds like you’re going to have some fun ! Look forward to your future comments on my blog !

  3. none of your pins are working on safari!

  4. Hi Lani, thanks for dropping by with your message. Will look into this, must be a temporary glitch or something technical of that nature.
    Cheers !

  5. Hi Lani, Apple & Safari are no longer compatible with the pins – one would have to use another browser it seems, sorry for any inconvenience, but just found out myself through a search, but thanks for alerting me.

  6. Looks really good but are you sure it requires 3 Tbsp liquid smoke? Even a few drops of my liquid smoke is enough to give a smokey flavour.

  7. Hi there Jenny, I have bought a few brands of liquid smoke, the last few batches of which were milder than a previous purchase. I have said 2 now, to meet in the middle, but of course you are welcome to use less if you wish. Cheers and hope you enjoy them !