Foodie's three tips for 'extra crispy' roast potatoes – and it's super easy

Delicious ready to serve oven roast potatoes still on oven tray. Garnished with fresh parsley, salt and pepper
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There's nothing quite like a perfectly golden roast potato to accompany your Sunday dinner.

However, achieving the perfect roastie can be a tricky task - because if you undercook them, they're pale and unappetising. But fear not, food enthusiasts have come forward with their top tips for perfecting this classic side dish.

One such foodie is Marzia, known online as Little Spice Jar on TikTok. Marzia revealed three simple steps to elevate your roast potatoes, requiring just two additional ingredients.

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She shared: "The first tip is to use the right potato. You want something starchy like a Russet potato, which makes them extra crispy in the oven."

The foodie continued: "The second thing you want to do is boil your potatoes in alkaline water and we do this by simply adding baking soda to the water while the potatoes are boiling this breaks down the surface of the potatoes and gives them more nooks and crannies that brown up in the oven."

In addition to using baking soda to enhance the texture, Marzia suggests using ghee or duck fat. These products have a 'higher smoking point', allowing them to "cook for a longer period of time at a higher temperature without burning".

For an extra touch of flavour, consider brushing some garlic butter over the potatoes. This step is optional, but it can add a delightful burst of taste to your roasties.

Viewers were highly appreciative of Marzia's advice, expressing their admiration in the comments section. One viewer commented: "I'm a chef and I can tell you this tutorial is perfect. Everything you've done 100% [right]."

Another viewer echoed these sentiments, stating: "I'm going to cry because it looks so good."