Posts Tagged ‘chips’

Best-ever Oven Chips

We don’t really like to deep fry at home and so only really have chips in restaurants. But at last Barney Desmazery, from BBC GoodFood, has come up with a recipe for oven chips that actually works! We might have to cook steak now at the weekend to celebrate.

Best-ever Oven Chips – serves 4

  • 1kg large Maris Piper potatoes, peeled
  • 1 tbsp white or malt vinegar
  • 75ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp cornflour or potato flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • small pinch of cayenne pepper

Cut the potato into chip shapes (you can cut of the round ends and keep them all oblong and tidy but we didn’t bother).

Put the chips into a pan of cold water with the vinegar added and bring to the boil. Simmer for 6-8 minutes or until just cooked and tender, then drain very carefully so they don’t break up. Leave to cool completely (you can now put them in the fridge for a day or two until you need them).

Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 9.

Pour the oil into a heavy baking tray or shallow roasting tin and put into the oven to heat.

Mix the flours with the baking powder, cayenne and some salt in a shallow dish. Gently toss the chips in the mixture to coat. Remove the pan from the oven and lay the chips in a single layer. Gently turn the chips over to coat in the fat, then roast for 20 minutes. Turn the chips again, then roast for another 10 minutes. Turn once more and cook for a final 10 minutes or until crisp and a deep golden colour. Drain on kitchen paper and serve.

(Original recipe from BBC Good Food)

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Gammon Egg & Chips

Not every meal needs to be fancy, but it does have to be tasty. Like this one was 🙂

Grilled ham, egg & chips – to serve 2

  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • pinch of  paprika
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 gammon steaks
  • 2 eggs

Heat the oven to 200C/gas 6.

Cut the potatoes into chunky chips, put in a pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly softened, then drain and steam-dry in the pot for a few minutes.

Pour 3 tbsp of the oil into a shallow baking tray and heat in the oven for 5 minutes. Toss the chips with the paprika, cayenne pepper and some salt. Tip the chips into the hot oil and bake for 40 minutes, tossing halfway through.

Before the chips are ready, cook the gammon slices on the barbecue or on a griddle pan. Use the last bit of oil to fry the eggs.

Serve the gammon steaks with an egg on top and some chips on the side.

Wine Suggestion: We probably wouldn’t have wine with this but if you’re in the mood you could try a light red that’s been slightly chilled.


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We realise that we’ve been cooking lots of healthy stuff lately, but please don’t think that what we post is tasteless – if it doesn’t work, or IS tasteless, we don’t post it. This was really good and just as satisfying as the fried version. Only 5 ingredients in this one and we had all of them in the cupboard already.

Oven egg and chips (to serve 2)

  • 450g floury potatoes, cut into thick chips – we used Roosters
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs (or 3 if you have a greedy person)

Preheat oven to 220C/gas 7/fan 200C.

Tip the chips into a roasting tin (non-stick if you have it) and scatter the garlic and rosemary leaves over. Drizzle with oil, season well and toss to coat.

Roast for 35-40 minutes until just cooked and golden – give the tin a shake every now and again.

Make gaps in the chips and break your eggs into the gaps.

Put back in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until your eggs are cooked.

Wine suggestion: we mention below that eggs can be hard to pair with wine. I think we’d go for a glass of cold beer with this instead.


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When you a you’ve had a long week and Thursday night needs some easy comfort food – fish fingers, peas and home-made chips (or little potato things). Serve with tartare sauce and a glass of white wine 😉

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