Parboil Before Roasting for Perfectly Crispy Potatoes

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Parboil Before Roasting for Perfectly Crispy Potatoes

The best thing about perfectly roasted potatoes is that crisp, crunchy exterior and fluffy, flavorful insides. If you’re looking for a method that delivers every time, a quick parboil before you roast the potatoes in the oven is the easiest way to get it.

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Parboiling your potato slices before roasting helps cook them evenly, and helps them crisp up quickly. Kenji Lopez-Alt, writing at Cooking Light, explains how this method works:

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Simmering starchy baking potatoes in water (seasoned with salt) gelatinizes a layer of starch on their exterior surfaces. This layer will then dehydrate and brown as the potato roasts, creating a thick, crisp shell.

Once the potatoes are tender, remove them from the water. Then dress as you normally would with oil and spices and pop them in the oven. You don’t want to overboil the potatoes though, so he suggests you add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the water to stop the potatoes from falling apart.

This tip isn’t just useful for roasted potato slices either: You can apply this method to home fries, smashed potatoes, steak fries, or just about any other baked potato dish.

Help Me, Kenji — How to get roasted potatoes extra crispy | Cooking Light

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Make Perfect Crispy Onion Rings with Instant Mashed Potatoes

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Onion rings are a tasty snack—and aren’t too hard to make—but getting the right crunch is tough. Instant mashed potato flakes are the secret ingredient.

Onion ring batter is similar to tempura, but YouTube channel Hungry Nation reveals a trick for adding some snap to your rings. Add a small amount of instant mashed potato flakes to the batter mixture to help it thicken and toss the rings in panko bread crumbs for a finishing touch. Now you have a crispy, crunchy snack that won’t disappoint.

Crispy Onion Rings Recipe – How to Make Crispy Onion Rings | YouTube

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