Matt's Recipe Book

Roast potatoes

Prep time10 minutes
Cooking time1 hour

Everyone has their own approach to roast potatoes – mine is similar to Gordon Ramsay's and uses semolina. I use Rooster potatoes for pretty much everything, and they work fine for roasting.


  • 1.2kg potatoes
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 2 tbsp semolina
  • sea salt


  1. Heat the oven to 200℃. Add the oil to a large roasting tray and place in the oven.
  2. Peel the potatoes, chop into the appropriate size, and place into a pan of cold water. Rinse a couple of times, then fill with fresh water until the potatoes are just covered. Salt the water with a couple of teaspoons.
  3. turn on the heat and bring to the boil. After the water starts boiling, wait for five minutes then turn off the heat.
  4. Drain the potatoes in a colander, and toss them around so they're fluffy around the edges. Sprinkle the semolina over them and toss again. Leave to steam dry for a couple of minutes.
  5. Remove the hot pan from the oven and carefully add the potatoes one by one. Turn each one to ensure they're coated in oil.
  6. Return to the oven and roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Turn every 15 minutes and baste with hot oil.
  7. When they're done, remove from teh oven and toss with some fresh sea salt to serve.