We made 2 batches of these over Thanksgiving, and both were very well received. I don't think this is a familiar recipe to Americans, but it's a standard part of the British Christmas Dinner menu.
- Enough potatoes to feed everyone
- Vegetable oil
Peel the potatoes and chop them into quarters, or smaller depending on the size. Nothing smaller than an inch and a half square. Boil them for 10 minutes ONLY. Drain, and coat in oil, putting them in a plastic bag with the oil works well.
Put the potatoes on a baking sheet with a rim, and pour oil onto the sheet so there's a thin layer under the taters. Put in the oven for an hour at 400F, or until golden brown and crispy on the outside.
Your oven mileage may vary. The first batch had an hour at 350F turned up to 500F for the last 15 minutes and could have had longer, the second had an hour at 450F and it was a bit too much.