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How To – Ultimate Healthy Xmas Roast Potatoes.

My granny swore by goose fat, which turned out deliciously crispy roast potatoes, the best roasties I remember, but then I was a child and anything that crunched was alright in my books. A lot of chefs still swear by goose fat or beef dripping and chicken fat, but the more health conscious amongst us, you might want to try a healthy alternative. Olive Oil, extra virgin to be precise.

What!!! you can do good roasties in Olive Oil I hear you cry.. well you can and with the right oil you will never go back to animal fat again.

I’m not a professional foodie and I can’t provide restaurant quality food (my brother in law is the professional chef) but I can do roast potatoes and this is my recipe i’m going to share today.


Ultimate Xmas Roast Potatoes.

The 2 most important things to begin with.

1.) The Olive Oil.

I only use Positively Good For You, Rosemary Infused, Single Estate, Extra Virgin Olive Oil. (Currently on special offer at just £2.60 (plus p+p) saving £3.89Click here to purchase).


Picked and bottled within hours and infused with fresh rosemary, this is one of the nicest olive oils I have tasted and the rosemary elevates it and makes this the perfect oil for adding flavour elements to otherwise bland potatoes and pastas.

2.) The Potato.

Only the best Maris Piper potatoes work for me, they can get a fantastic crispy outer layer but still remain really light and fluffy inside. They also make absolutely the best mash too.

You can prepare the Potatoes ahead of time and leave in the fridge overnight or even freeze them but make sure they are defrosted before cooking to avoid too much water in the potato.

Peel and quarter the potatoes if large or just peel if medium to small (all depends on how you want them).

Pre-Heat the oven to 190ºc / 170ºc fan.

Take a large saucepan and place the potatoes in and cover with cold water and bring the water to the boil. Let them boil for about 2-3 minutes (you want them just beginning to turn soft), take off the heat and drain with a large colander.

When the potatoes have drained thoroughly, give them a really good shake in the colander to break up the surface a bit (we call this the “ruffle”), place to one side. If you want, you can coat the potatoes with flour and your favourite spices to add a Zing (paprika gives a nice smoky taste). It is important to make sure all the water has drained and the potatoes are dry before the next step. (Oil and water don’t mix and you want the oil to properly coat the potatoes).

Next, take a large and sturdy roasting tray, (this is the secret to a super crispy outer layer) and place over a high heat, pour in the olive oil, the bottle contains 250ml which is enough for a large pan and let the oil heat until just starting to shimmer or sizzle. VERY carefully, place the potatoes in the hot oil and brown for around 5 minutes, make sure to turn the potatoes to get an even coating of oil.

Place the tray in the oven and leave to roast completely undisturbed for 20 minutes. (DO NOT open the oven door, it’s vital the heat in the oven is maintained). After 20 minutes, remove the tray from the oven and return to the hob on a high heat, this maintains the heat of the oil whilst you turn the potatoes. return to the oven for a further 20 minutes of undisturbed roasting.

After another 20 minutes, remove from the oven and turn again whilst over a high heat on the hob to keep that oil as hot as possible. Return to the oven for a final 20 minutes of roasting.

After the final 20 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle over sea salt flakes to season and serve immediately.


The best roast potatoes you will eat and because they were cooked in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, they have all the heart healthy benefits it provides.

Imagine that, Roast Potatoes you don’t have to feel guilty about and perfect for the veggie crowd as well.


New in stock Positively Good For You Olive Oil

Now in stock Positively Good For You – A taste of the Mediterranean

Born of the passion to bring you truly distinctive, healthy extra virgin olive oils. 

Because not all olive oils are the same.


Garlic, Black Pepper & Balsamic Vinegar Infused Oil achieves a wonderful balance of pepper with balsamic vinegar and the familiar hint of garlic with the smooth tones and softness of the extra virgin olive oil.

The traditional Italian combination of extra virgin olive oil with balsamic vinegar with something a little bit special…

The Pata family have taken their time to create this fabulous oil. We can only imagine the animated conversations at the dinner table through the Italian summer as exactly the right combinations were discovered ready for the November harvest.



Chilli Infused Olive Oil is a great way to spice up any salad. One of our favourites is the traditional “tricolore salad” with tomato, avocado, mozzarella; the addition of our chilli oil gives it a great kick!

Calabria, like Tuscany, is famous for its chili’s, known locally as peperoncini. This oil has a bite, and is perfect for drizzling over pasta dishes.

The Italians love to combine seafood pasta with a hint of chilli, so this is another lovely table oil to drizzle.




Bergamot Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a beautiful oil for drizzling on salads, especially with interesting additions such as beetroot, walnuts or grapes. For the more adventurous, try this as a dessert oil on dishes. It’s delicious with fruit or dark chocolate… as we said, the bergamot is a little bit different!

This is a truly unique infused oil from Calabria, famous for producing 80% of the world’s Bergamot fruit.

The Bergamot is a fruit bearing tree which prides itself on being just a little bit different, just like the Calabrians themselves! Earl Grey greatly prized the fruit infused into tea, and we know it’s great with extra virgin olive oil as well.

Flowering in winter and thriving in the very special climate between the southern Italian Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas, it basks in the summer sun to produce fruit which looks like a grapefruit but tastes more like an orange.



Lemon Infused Olive Oil is wonderful as a drizzle for fish or chicken dishes, or with antipasti and for dipping with bread.

The lemons grown on the Pata estate are not quite like those we see on supermarket shelves. They are handpicked in all shapes and sizes at precisely the right time.

The whole fruit is pressed together with the olives to create this unique union of flavours. Lemons have been shown to possibly reduce the glycaemic index of foods, making this a great oil to drizzle on cous cous or rice as an accompaniment to any meal.



Rosemary Infused Olive Oil is a wonderful fusion of the high antioxidant ottobratica extravirgin olive oil with Rosemary from the Pata estate.

After the lilac flowering of this hardy Mediterranean herb, leaves are harvested and mixed with the olives for pressing to produce this stunning oil. The subtle perfume of the rosemary with the grassy flavours of the extravirgin olive oil creates a wonderful oil to add to potatoes or other vegetables after roasting in extravirgin olive oil, or drizzled onto a lamb or beef dish just prior to serving.

Rosemary Infused Olive Oil is also well worth a try with a salad, simply as a beautiful taster with bread or on a steak!



Mandarin Infused Olive Oil is perfect for dipping or for drizzling over salads, pasta or adding to game dishes.

Mandarins freshly pressed with the ottobratica extravirgin olive oil add zest and energy to the beautiful high antioxidant Pata oils.

Try a little at the table to add beautiful flavours to duck or chicken.



positively-good-for-you1About Positively Good For You

Our search for an extraordinary olive oil led us on a journey across the Mediterranean until we arrived in the beautiful Calabria region of Southern Italy.

Here we found the Pata family olive groves in the ancient town of Monte Poro, where they’ve created oils of exceptional taste and quality since 1910.

Made solely from lovingly nurtured olives of the Ottobratica variety, their oils are high in polyphenol antioxidants promoting healthy heart.*

Harvested as the olives turn a beautiful rainbow of greens and purples, they are pressed and bottled within hours retaining a vibrant freshness and the valuable antioxidants.

They are perfect for cooking, dressing’s or drizzled over salads, vegetables, pasta, fish and meats, providing a wonderful synergy of health and taste.

Use 20ml every day as part of a healthy Mediterranean diet and active lifestyle to enjoy positive health benefits.

* EFSA Scientific Opinion Reference 2033 “Olive oil polyphenols contribute to the protection of blood lipids from oxidative stress”.