By Vicky McDonald

It's all about that crunch.

Looking for crunchy roasted potatoes to go with your roast chicken, roast pork, or prime rib dinner? The perfect roast potato is crisp and crunchy on the outside, and soft and tender inside. It's a rare thing to get perfectly cooked roast potatoes, but we have a few little tricks that guarantee tasty roast taters every time you make them. Read on to get our 6 golden rules for crunchy roast potatoes.

Rule #1. The right equipment

Always use a cast-iron pan/heavy gratin dish or a sturdy roasting pan. You want to avoid using a thin baking pan which may buckle and warp in the oven.

Rule #2. Very hot oven

To make perfectly roasted potatoes you need to have the oven at 425°F . This is the optimum temperature for achieving a perfectly crisp exterior.

Rule #3. Parboil the potatoes

I know it seems like an extra step , but parboiling the potatoes for 5 minutes is an important part of the process. I'll explain why in Rule #5. To parboil potatoes, cut potatoes in half or in chunks and boil them in salted water for 5 minutes. Drain, and see Rule #5, below.

Rule #4. Preheat the fat

While the potatoes are parboiling, place the fat in the roasting pan or skillet and allow to heat up in the oven for about 10 minutes before you put in the potatoes. This means the outside of the potatoes will crisp up nicely and not just absorb the cold fat when you put them in the oven.

Rule #5. Shake things up

Once the potatoes are par-cooked for 5 minutes, drain off the water, and put the potatoes back in the saucepan. Allow them to air-dry for 2 minutes, then put the lid on the saucepan. Vigorously shake the potatoes in the saucepan. This roughens the edges of the potatoes and will ensure maximum crispiness when you roast them.  This is the most important step for achieving perfectly crisp roast potatoes.

Rule #6. Seal the deal

When you put your potatoes into the preheated oil, they should sizzle. Baste the potatoes in the fat as you add them to the roasting pan or skillet. Place the potatoes in the oven and cook for 45-50 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes.

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