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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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A really big thanks to our neighbour Nigel for giving us these lovely steaks; we hope the BBQ smells were good for you too!

So the other bits we did were cheesy mushrooms from Jamie’s 30 minute meals and some home-made oven chips which are way better than the ones you buy in a bag.

Jamie’s Cheesy Mushrooms – for 4

  • 4 large flat Portobello mushrooms (about 250g in total)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 a red chilli
  • 2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 70g mature Cheddar cheese

Trim the mushroom stalks and put them in a small earthenware dish so they fit pretty snug.

Crush 1/2 a garlic clove over each mushroom.

Finely chop the chilli and parsley and divide between the mushrooms.

Grate over the zest of half a lemon and drizzle well with olive oil and season.

Cut the cheese into 4 chunks and put 1 on each mushroom.

Grill on the top shelf for 9-10 minutes or until golden.

N.B. We couldn’t find Portobello mushrooms today so we used field mushrooms instead. They were nowhere near cooked in this time so we stuck them on the BBQ for 5 minutes to finish them off. If you can only find field mushrooms it might be best to cook the bottoms of them on the BBQ or griddle pan or even a frying pan first before finishing with the other ingredients under the grill.

Oven chips

Heat your oven to as hot as it goes.

Cut your potatoes into 1 cm thick slices and then cut the slices into chips about 1cm thick.

Cook the chips in boiling water for 3 minutes and drain really well.

Spread the chips out on a baking tray and drizzle with vegetable or groundnut oil and season.  Make sure all the chips are coated with oil but you don’t need to use very much.

Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Wine Suggestion: We had an Argentinian Malbec – perfect with steak!

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