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 Post subject: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:40 am 
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I used to make these in the pregan days using duck fat. Basically parboil the potatoes and pre-heat a roasting pan with a few inches of melted fat in it then in go the potatoes. I've never attempted a vegan version am am wondering if I should use Earth balance shortening or the butter sticks? I was thinking about flavouring the oil somehow, the duck fat had such a nice flavour but am not sure about the practicality of this. Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:13 pm 
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I used to make these in the pregan days using duck fat. Basically parboil the potatoes and pre-heat a roasting pan with a few inches of melted fat in it then in go the potatoes. I've never attempted a vegan version am am wondering if I should use Earth balance shortening or the butter sticks? I was thinking about flavouring the oil somehow, the duck fat had such a nice flavour but am not sure about the practicality of this. Thoughts?
This is essentially what I do (and will be doing on Wednesday), although I use a mixture of canola and olive oils. Giving the parboiled potatoes a good shake to rough up the edges is key. I really like rosemary with roasties, but you could also use marjoram, thyme, sage, dill, or whatever. Some people add garlic, too, but I think that's painting the lily.

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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Coconut oil could be nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:42 pm 
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j-dub wrote:
Coconut oil could be nice.


Do you think it would give them a coconut flavour?


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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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Coconut oil has a buttery taste. I use it for popcorn and stuff. Not a bad idea.


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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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Preflavoured garlic olive oil/coconut oil mix is really yummy for roasties. For preflouvered oil, I use my small slow cooker on low setting filled with a cup of garlic and then just barely covered with olive oil for 2 hours -- store in fridge and use the garlic for creamed garlic stuff and oil for things like salads, scrambles etc. Along with assorted herbs and spices, I like a turmeric on mine but it makes for a messy cleanup.


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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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These are my favourite kind of roast potatoes http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008 ... -potatoes/ I like to use garlic, but because it burns quite easily if it's just chopped, I blend a few cloves into the EVOO with a stick blender, also adding sea salt and nutritional yeast, then I brush it on the potatoes. It is lovely and buttery. A topping of more sea salt, ground black pepper and fresh rosemary, and you're done. So even if you're not doing a smashed potato, I still recommend the garlicky olive oil to toss your potatoes in.

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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I just saw Jamie Oliver make what looked like the most awesome roasted potatoes.
He parboiled the potatoes for five minutes, tossed them with lots of red onions cut in half, lots of olive oil, garlic cloves, and lots of cheap balsamic vinegar(like half a bottle), rosemary, salt and pepper.
If you google: 'jamie oliver potatoes balsamic vinegar' the recipe will show up first, but I won't link to it, because the link contains non-vegan recipes as well.


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People parboil roasted potatoes? I've always just roasted from raw. What is the purpose, exactly?

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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People parboil roasted potatoes? I've always just roasted from raw. What is the purpose, exactly?
It helps you get that "soft on the inside/crunchy roast on the outside" effect. (See above in re: bashing the parboiled potatoes about a bit to rough up the edges for additional crunch factor!)

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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I'm drooling now... I think the coconut oil infused with garlic is the winner. Thanks everyone!


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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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These are my favourite kind of roast potatoes http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008 ... -potatoes/ I like to use garlic, but because it burns quite easily if it's just chopped, I blend a few cloves into the EVOO with a stick blender, also adding sea salt and nutritional yeast, then I brush it on the potatoes. It is lovely and buttery. A topping of more sea salt, ground black pepper and fresh rosemary, and you're done. So even if you're not doing a smashed potato, I still recommend the garlicky olive oil to toss your potatoes in.

HELLS YES. I love crash potatoes, have made the recipe you linked to, but am SO stoked that I have the ingredients to make your variation on Christmas.


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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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I just saw Jamie Oliver make what looked like the most awesome roasted potatoes.
He parboiled the potatoes for five minutes, tossed them with lots of red onions cut in half, lots of olive oil, garlic cloves, and lots of cheap balsamic vinegar(like half a bottle), rosemary, salt and pepper.
If you google: 'jamie oliver potatoes balsamic vinegar' the recipe will show up first, but I won't link to it, because the link contains non-vegan recipes as well.

This too. I haven't learned much useful for vegan cooking from my English relatives, but I certainly have learned that potatoes need lots of olive oil (LOTS), lots of garlic, and fresh herbs. Heavy on the salt and pepper. The vinegar variation is intriguing.


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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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adding nooch to the roasting oil sounds incredible!


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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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Moon wrote:
People parboil roasted potatoes? I've always just roasted from raw. What is the purpose, exactly?
It helps you get that "soft on the inside/crunchy roast on the outside" effect. (See above in re: bashing the parboiled potatoes about a bit to rough up the edges for additional crunch factor!)

I need to give this a go. I always roast from raw and I'm often disappointed by the texture.

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Desdemona wrote:
Moon wrote:
People parboil roasted potatoes? I've always just roasted from raw. What is the purpose, exactly?
It helps you get that "soft on the inside/crunchy roast on the outside" effect. (See above in re: bashing the parboiled potatoes about a bit to rough up the edges for additional crunch factor!)

How did it take me so long to know this? I've never parboiled them!

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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I'm SO HAPPY that I'm not the only one who is just learning this. My next batch will be amazingly perfect!

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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isa's curry fries recipe uses the par boil method and the fries come out soooo great!

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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p.s. the pioneer woman has a serious issue with pictures. that is my current food blog pet peeve: too many freaking pictures. WE GET IT! you smash the potatoes and put stuff on. JEEZE!

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I'm so glad I read this thread. I knew about parboiling for fries, but it never occurred to me to do it for roasted potatoes. I'm totally roasting my potatoes tomorrow!

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p.s. the pioneer woman has a serious issue with pictures. that is my current food blog pet peeve: too many freaking pictures. WE GET IT! you smash the potatoes and put stuff on. JEEZE!

same here. 1 alternate angle, sure, but 15 damn pictures of the same thing? gahh!

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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I only recently realised that people don't parboil roast potatoes. The one and only time I went without the parboil I wasn't in love. Normally I fall head over heals in blissful love with roast potatoes.

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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Wouldn't a lot depend on the type of potato used? I use little yellow potatoes and they are perfect roasted and would likely fall apart if parboiled. I could see that parboiling would be perfect for bigger potatoes like russets though.

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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We chop the potatoes here but they are still an alright size. I've never tried with a smaller potato so no idea what it would be like! They are only boiled for 5 minutes or so.

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 Post subject: Re: Roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner
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The potatoes roasted in coconut oil were really wonderful. I forgot to mention that the best way to do them is to use a deep roasting pan; add whatever fat you're using and let it pre-heat in the oven for a few minutes to get it nice and hot. And don't forget to salt and pepper the spuds.

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