Smashed duck fat roast potatoes with truffle salt

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So let’s talk potatoes for a sec. We always joke that in our family, every meal must be accompanied by 2kg of potatoes. Mainly because the Irishman can never leave a potato on the table. Apparently, it’s an Irish thing, but the love there is real. But then how to have them? Mashed, roasted, in a salad, roasted in duck fat, boiled, gratin. So many ridiculously good options! A potato roasted in duck fat is one thing, but to season with truffle salt, just takes it to a whole, out of this world level. These smashed duck fat roast potatoes with truffle salt are about to become your favourite roast night side dish!

smashed duck fat potatoes with truffle salt in a bowl

What are truffles?

Truffles are fungi that grow under the soil, in the roots of oak and hazelnut trees in cool climates. While they are famously grown in France and Italy, Australia has been farming truffles for over twenty years. They taste like nothing else on earth and are really a love them or hate them kinda deal. Personally, I love them.

What do I need?

  • Potatoes – Any variety that is good for roasting will work famously. I like to use baby potatoes because they smash beautifully without falling apart, however it really depends on what is in season. King Edwards, and Dutch creams are a really good option (and easy to find) in Australia.

  • Duck Fat – makes the most heavenly roast potatoes. If you can’t get your hands on duck fat, goose fat will give the same result.

  • Truffle Salt – I dream about this stuff! Sprinkle it anywhere you want a hint of truffle. Don’t be afraid to be generous with the truffle salt, taste and see what works for you. Maybe a little, maybe a lot! Works really well with eggs and pasta. If you are not a fan of truffle salt, you can just season your duck fat potatoes with your favourite salt flakes

How to roast duck fat potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°c.
  2. In a pot, pop in the potatoes and fill them with enough water to cover them. Boil for 30 minutes or till cooked through.
  3. Drain and transfer the potatoes to a roasting dish. Press the back of a fork into the center of each potato to “smash” it. Be careful not to crowd the pan. Drizzle the duck fat over the potatoes.
  4. Pop them into the oven and roast till golden brown (approx. 40 minutes). While hot, Season with truffle salt and freshly cracked black pepper

A quick tip…

When roasting duck fat potatoes, make sure your oven is nice and hot. Otherwise, the potatoes will just stew in the duck fat. We want them golden & crispy!

What to serve them with (if you don’t eat them all off the tray)

A good roast chook, (like my Herbs de Provence Roast Chicken), your Christmas dinner, steak, and vegetables. Smashed duck fat potatoes with truffle salt are like the ultimate winter side dish. Use them wisely!

close up of smashed duck fat potatoes with truffle salt

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smashed duck fat potatoes with truffle salt in a bowl

Smashed Duck Fat Roast Potatoes with Truffle Salt

  • Author: Emma Lee
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 people 1x
  • Category: Main Course, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: French

Description

A potato roasted in duck fat is one thing, but to season with truffle salt, just takes it to a whole, out of this world level.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 kg baby potatoes
  • 3 tblsp duck fat
  • a good pinch truffle salt
  • pinch black pepper (freshly ground)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 220°c.
  2. In a pot, pop in the potatoes and fill with enough water to cover them. Boil for 30 minutes or till cooked through.
  3. Drain and transfer the potatoes to a roasting dish. Press the back of a fork into the center of each potato to “smash” it. Be careful not to crowd the pan. Drizzle the duck fat over the potatoes. Pop them into the oven and roast till golden brown (approx. 40 minutes)
  4. While hot, Season with truffle salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Notes

Not a fan of truffle? Substitute the truffle salt for your favourite salt flakes!

Keywords: potatoes,, Roast Night, Truffle

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