Which is the best fat to roast potatoes in for your Christmas dinner?
By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-12-24BOLD-Food
A key decision that could make or break the meal.
Goose fatThe typical fat of choice for cooking excellent roasties at Christmas, having been pioneered by the likes of Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver.Pros:Produces very crispy roast potatoes. Rich in flavour.Cons:Not suitable for vegetarians and can be a little pricey.Not the healthiest if consumed in large quantities.Try this recipe.
Coconut oilCoconut oil has become a staple in the cupboards of every health-conscious person in the country.Pros:This is a good option for those watching what they eat over the festive season – or if you’re just looking for some extra health benefits with your roasties.This variety of roast potato is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.Cons:Bit of an odd flavour if you’re used to the typical roast potatoes cooked in animal fats.Coconut oil is expensive due to its recent popularity.Potatoes will not be as crispy.Try this recipe.
Olive oilOlive oil features heavily in Mediterranean cooking, which is revered as being one of the healthiest lifestyles on the planet.Pros:Another option for the health-conscious.Produces fairly crispy potatoes with a fluffy interior.You almost definitely already have some in your cupboard.Suitable for vegetarians.Cons:Not as crispy or golden as when cooked with animal fats.Quite a heavy flavour. Produces oily potatoes.Try this recipe.
Beef drippingProper traditional. Beef dripping was once found in every kitchen cupboard and people even used to eat it on toast in the 50s and 60s, before it was shunned in the revolution against fat. It’s always been a favourite with Delia Smith though.Pros:Much like with goose fat, gamey-tasting beef dripping produces very crispy potatoes.Rich flavour.Cons:Strong flavour that might not be to everyone’s tastes.Not suitable for vegetarians.Not the healthiest if consumed in large quantities – it has even more calories than butter.Try this recipe.
GheeIn case you don’t know, Ghee is a type of butter originating from India, which is commonly used in South Asian, Iranian and Arabic cooking.Pros:Produces potatoes with a golden outside and fluffy inside.Not the healthiest if consumed in large quantities.Cons:Quite expensive when you consider that it is just another type of butter.
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