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How to make “the best roast potatoes you’ve ever had” – baking soda recipe

Chef Oli Brandon, who shares his cooking videos on TikTok under the username @theptchef, has lifted the lid on how he cooks “the best roast potatoes”. The chef revealed that the key to crispy-on-the-outside and soft-on-the-inside potatoes is adding a teaspoon of baking soda while cooking.

In a video posted on his TikTok page, the chef bit into one of his freshly baked potatoes. He described the satisfying crunch as, “The sound of the best roast potatoes you’ve ever had.”

The recipe has been a hit on social media, garnering 536.9K likes so far and has been shared 103.1K times.

In a step-by-step guide, Oli explained, “Put a teaspoon of baking soda and salt in boiling water, cook your potatoes until fork tender but don’t don’t collapse.”

When added at this stage, baking soda breaks down a starch in potatoes called pectin and draws it to the surface. This helps create a crispy surface and helps the potatoes turn a gorgeous shade of golden brown.

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In a video posted on his TikTok page, the chef bit into one of his freshly baked potatoes. He described the satisfying crunch as, “The sound of the best roast potatoes you’ve ever had.”

The recipe has been a hit on social media, garnering 536.9K likes so far and has been shared 103.1K times.

In a step-by-step guide, Oli explained, “Put a teaspoon of baking soda and salt in boiling water, cook your potatoes until fork tender but don’t don’t collapse.”

When added at this stage, baking soda breaks down a starch in potatoes called pectin and draws it to the surface. This helps create a crispy surface and helps the potatoes turn a gorgeous shade of golden brown.

“Make sure you spread this oil all over the potatoes, add salt and pepper, then bake them at 180C for 20 minutes,” he said.

“Flip them and bake for another 20-30 minutes or until super crispy.”

Finally, transfer your roasted pirates to a bowl and add the toasted garlic and rosemary crumbs. Oli recommends adding a pinch of salt at this stage as well, before mixing all the ingredients together.

Commenters said they were “craving” the dish after hearing the sound of Oli biting into his crispy potatoes.

A TikTok user named Emily said, “It’s 11pm and you guys are making me crave roast potatoes.”

Another user, named Libby, added, “I’ve never wanted anything so much in my life.”

Food enthusiasts who had tried the recipe for themselves also weighed in with their reviews.

Aleena said: “I made these today and all I can say is that they are the best roast potatoes I have ever eaten in my life and would definitely recommend.” [SIC]

An anonymous user even went so far as to say that the potatoes were better than those cooked by their mother.

They said, “I made these the other day and they were so nice, better than my mom’s and that’s saying something.”