Foodie claims surprising roast potato ingredient makes spuds perfectly crispy
A cooking expert who has found fame on TikTok thanks to his delectable Sunday roasts and succulent meat dishes has given a pro tip on making roast potatoes.
Jim Chapman, who is on TikTok as @jimlad83, has made dozens of videos about his renowned roasties which has won him over an army of 120,000 followers who watch his mouth-watering cooking demos every week.
He told Daily Star the key to roast potatoes is choosing the right variety, which he said is “without a doubt is Maris Piper”, and using the right fats and seasoning.
Jim said: “When Parboiling your potatoes do it with salty water then give them a sprinkle of plain flour afterwards.
“There are so many ways to season a potato but I find the most popular and consistently nice way is to add salt, pepper, Rosemary, Thyme and a couple of lumps of Clover.”
Margarine might be a bit of an unexpected ingredient, but Jim says Clover adds “a buttery flavour and also helps with a golden crunchiness”.
One of his most popular videos, “liked” more than 100,000 times, shows the foodie following his recipe with the Clover. The end result is a series of delicious golden roasties that are perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
His preferred brand of oil is Crisp n Dry rapeseed oil, although he says he will splash out on fancy goose fat for Christmas and Easter roasts.
Jim said: “It was in fact my awesome Tik Tok followers that suggested the goose fat which does an excellent job but as it is more expensive I like to save it for special occasions.”
The dad and husband said he joined the video-sharing app in March 2020 when his daughter signed him up.
“I started doing different videos and was hooked once I realised I was able to cheer people up during lockdown,” he recalled.
He added: “Now I find myself trying to perfect the whole roast every Sunday whilst documenting it on Tik Tok, receiving comments and tips trying my best to interact to them all.
“When I get asked, which I do a lot, on how do I cook a roast dinner the best bit of advice I could give would be to make sure you have plenty of time, don’t rush, try and enjoy it, sometimes a glass of wine can help!”
According to Jim, roast potatoes are also a good way to impress mates.
He said: “I am captain of our local pub skittles team in which I have responsibility of doing the food for the teams after the game.
“I always do a couple of big bowls of my roast potatoes which is often discussed between our team more than the result of the game!
“In fact, half of them probably only came out for the potatoes rather than the game!”