Make the most of your chips, with all my favourite tips, tricks, and ideas for the best pimped up chips piled with toppings, seasonings, and dips for chips.
The best oven chips
Few of us use a deep fat fryer to make our chips these days. The mess, the fire risk, and the extra calories are increasingly a thing of the past. Today, we make our chips in the oven.
You can make your own oven chips but a bag of frozen ones from the supermarket makes an excellent standby, and avoids all that peeling, cutting and par boiling.
Oven chips can be dressed up in all sorts of ways to make a meal in themselves or to make a more interesting side dish.
Helen’s Fuss Free Tip
For the best results when using frozen oven chips, cook them on a mesh tray directly on the oven shelf. shaking them once or twice during cooking. This will result in the crispiest golden chips you can make.
If you are going to make oven chips from scratch, it’s worth considering using something other than potatoes.
Other root vegetables make delicious alternatives and I have included some of my favourite vegetable fries recipes here too.
Making a meal out of oven chips
Having fun with dirty fries (chips piled up with additions such as sauces and cheese) can feel a little bit naughty. Yet we don’t hesitate to pile sauces and other extras over a plate of pasta, bread or rice, so why should these vegetable carbs be any different?
Dressing your fries up with spices, vegetables, sauces, cheese and even bacon and deli meats can turn them into a meal on their own. Have fun pimping your dirty chips. Made in the oven at home, they’re a lot healthier than you think and a lot cheaper than the ready made versions.
Why make oven chips?
- It’s affordable
- It’s quick and easy
- It’s healthier than deep frying
- You can have so much fun with them
Dirty fries recipes
Pimp your fries with a few well chosen additions and they almost make a meal in themselves. These dirty fries recipes can all be made very easily with a bag of frozen oven chips. The perfect way to treat yourself and ideal for grazing in front of a great movie.
You don’t need potatoes to make chips – try using a different vegetable in place of the humble spud!
Fries with a difference
Fries don’t have to be potato or vegetable try these alternatives!
The best dips for chips
These finishing touches make a big difference, so why not make your sauces at home? These homemade versions of classic sauces are fresh and free of colourings and preservatives, which means they taste amazing.
Some of my favourite dips for chips are my no cook kebab shop chilli sauce, kebab shop garlic sauce, a British chip shop Chinese curry sauce, or a homemade tartare sauce – the classic accompaniment to fish and chips!