Potatoes Roasted In Duck Fat

I guess I tried cooking two new foods this week.

Our relatives gave us a jar of duck fat as a wedding gift last April. I carefully packed the jar during our move to Iowa and have felt nervous about using it.

It seemed so fancy and I wondered what duck fat would taste like. I’ve heard of restaurants frying french fries in duck fat, so I knew it would be good.

Some Twitter friends recommended I roast potatoes in the fat and pointed me towards Eating For England’s recipe for Perfect Roast Potatoes.

They were indeed perfect.

The duck fat lent a savory, poultry-flavored complexity and we didn’t have leftovers. Now, what to do with the rest of the jar. . .

Here’s how I made them:

Ingredients:
Russet potatoes, peeled (about four-five small potatoes)
Duck fat, enough to coat
Flour
Salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place a pan or baking dish in the oven. I covered a jelly roll pan with foil.
  3. When the oven is preheated, add enough duck fat to coat the potatoes into the pan. You don’t have to perfectly measure the amount.
  4. Cut peeled potatoes into similar sized chunks.
  5. Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 3 minutes.
  6. Drain potatoes in a strainer and shake them so they have a rough texture.
  7. Sprinkle them with a light dusting of flour and shake so they’re evenly coated.
  8. Place the flour-dusted potatoes on the hot, oiled pan in a single layer. Stand back in case the oil splatters. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Flip the potatoes and bake for another 15 minutes.
  10. Continue flipping the potatoes until all sides are golden brown. The outsides should be crisp and the insides fluffy and tender. I cooked them for about 45 minutes to an hour, total.
  11. Place the cooked potatoes on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Sprinkle with sea salt while they are hot. 

4 Comments

  1. These look amazing! We have a tub of duck fat in the fridge that my husband bought ages ago. Might be duck fat potatoes on the menu tonight I think…

  2. A whole tub! They are so easy. I’ve baked potatoes in the oven before, but they were never crispy or fluffy enough. Boiling them for a short time really helps.

  3. I never knew you could buy duck fat in a jar! One of our family get togethers always has duck. Duck gravy is pretty good too.

  4. City kids like us get duck fat in jars from the mall:) I think you can buy this brand on Amazon, too or render your own. I can imagine duck gravy would be delicious.

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