Everyone loves a perfectly roasted potato. Crisp and golden on the outside with a soft, pillowy center. Here are a few things to keep in mind to get the perfect roast. First, pick the right pan. Invest in a quality roasting pan that conducts heat well. The size of the pan is also important. A pan that's too small will steam the potatoes and they'll never become crisp or browned. Choose a pan where your potatoes will lay evenly in a single layer. My favorite pan for the job is a cast iron skillet. Next, roast at a high temperature. You want your oven at about 400 degrees. Potatoes take a while to cook, so you need the heat to cook the insides and also to get the outsides crisp and golden brown. One of our secrets in the test kitchen is to get the pan hot, too. Put the pan in your oven while it's preheating. That way, the moment the potatoes hit the pan they'll start cooking immediately. While the pan is preheating, toss your potatoes in fat. I like to use a combination of oil and butter. Oils like peanut oil and canola oil can take the high heat, and the butter adds unbeatable flavor. Season with salt and pepper, toss your potatoes in the fat, and now you're ready to roast. Put your potatoes in a single layer into the preheated pan and pop the whole thing back into the oven. And our final tip for amazing roasted potatoes. Resist the urge to open the oven while they roast. You only need to open the oven once to flip them. Just be sure to let the potatoes get a nice hard sear before you do so. Depending on the size of your potatoes, they'll cook for about 45 minutes to one hour, or until they're golden brown and crisp on the sides and soft in the center. For more tips from our test kitchen, go to SouthernLiving.com.