The Rooster has a distinctive coloured skin. It’s dark pink or red as opposed to the more common tan or brown coloured skin of many other varieties. Once you peel it however, the Rooster’s flesh is a yellow colour like any other potato. It’s often mistaken for the Desiree potato because it’s pretty similar in colour and appearance. You can tell them apart because the Rooster has a deeper coloured red skin and has deeper set eyes or indentations on the skin.
Roosters are very versatile potatoes. They can be boiled, mashed, chipped, roasted, steamed and baked. Which ever way you decide to cook the potato you can be sure that they will taste delicious.
You can roast Roosters in the oven. You can par boil them in a saucepan of water for 10-15 minutes first, then drain the potatoes and then place them on a baking tray. Coat each potato generously with some olive oil and roast them in a hot oven at 220°c/425°F/Gas Mark 7 for approximately 45 minutes (turning frequently) until golden brown all over. Once cooked the roast potatoes will have a gorgeous golden crispy coating and a hot fluffy inside. Really delicious and floury.
If you really like beautiful light, fluffy potatoes then Roosters are the potatoes to mash. Use some black pepper and low fat milk if you’re watching your weight or trying to cut down on salt.
If you choose to oven bake pick out potatoes which are similar in size and lightly scrub and wash them to remove any dirt before you place them in the oven. Place the potatoes in a pre heated oven at 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7 for 1 hour 30 minutes.
Rich in carbohydrates, Rooster potatoes are a fantastic fuel for our working bodies. Unadulterated and unprocessed, they are one of the best and most delicious sources of starchy energy in our diets. Roosters also contain some protein, little or no fat and have almost twice the amount of fibre as the same amount of brown rice. They are also a source of potassium, important for a healthy blood pressure and contribute a significant amount of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant and important for immune health.