All Photos: Wendy Goodfriend
Ah, roasties: Beloved by the Brits, completely foreign to Americans. What is this “roasty” of which you speak, you say? Well, in simple terms, they are roasted potatoes (in fact, that is commonly what they are called in the UK, but if I call them that here it conjures up a different beast). But these are not your typical roasted potatoes. Oh no, they are something far more special.
Creamy on the inside with a thick crispy-crunchy crust on the outside, these are the potatoes that are commonly served for a traditional Sunday lunch alongside prime rib, Yorkshire puds. And although they are simple, and relatively easy to make, there is much debate as to the best way to make them and the perfect variety of potato to use.
My husband, a Brit, loves them. If I even mention them he gets a faraway look on his smiling face. In fact, unless I plan to make them that very same day, I better not even mention them. I don’t make them very often, but when I do, it’s an event. Like Christmas for example.
It took me a while to figure out the right kind of variety of potato to use, as the varieties available in the UK are totally different than those here in America. After much deliberation, I decided upon the russet. It’s important to have a floury potato, but you want it to hold its own and not disintegrate.