They’re a food that’s been give a bad reputation by shoddy fast food restaurants but there’s nothing quite like a homemade chip, whether you eat them with ketchup or mayonnaise or just dusted with salt. Good old fashioned wavy potato chips were a Fifties favourite and are a cute way to dress up the humble chip today. Oven chips are just as delicious as deep fried and much healthier.
Using a crinkle chip cutter
To serve four you’ll need about six large potatoes (roughly 1.5kg) of a floury variety – try Maris Piper, Desiree or King Edward and a tablespoon of sunflower oil.
Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Peel your potatoes and use a crinkle chip cutter to cut them into long chips. They can be thick and chunky or long and thin, but keep the thickness fairly uniform for even cooking. Rinse the chips in cold water and use a clean tea towel or some kitchen roll to pat dry.
Spread the chips over a baking tray and toss in the sunflower oil. Aim for an even layer and use a large tray so the chips aren’t overcrowded.
Cook in the oven for about 45 minutes and turn the chips occasionally. The cooked chips should be golden brown on the outside and light and fluffy in the centre.
Serve immediately with a griddled sirloin steak and a fresh green salad or with a piece of crispy battered cod and some mushy peas.
Variety from your crinkle chip cutter
Add a kick to the flavour by cutting the chips with the crinkle chip cutter as normal, but then put the cut and washed chips into a plastic bag with the oil before cooking and add two teaspoons of Cajun seasoning and one teaspoon of chilli powder. Toss the chips in the oil and seasoning in the bag before cooking in the same way.
You could also try tossing the potatoes in a bag to coat in a paste made of 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil, 4 tablespoons of tomato puree, half a teaspoon of chilli powder, one tablespoon of water and some freshly ground black pepper to make chilli tomato flavoured chips.
You can also give your chips an Indian touch by the same method, this time tossing the potatoes before cooking in a flavouring made of 4 teaspoons of sunflower oil with two teaspoons of cumin, one teaspoon of turmeric and one teaspoon of ground coriander.
Apart from the traditional potato, sweet potatoes also make delicious chips, cut with your crinkle chip cutter and cooked in exactly the same way as usual.