Chips are the perfect side to so many dishes and you don’t need to reach for the frozen bag. Baked or fried, these homemade chips beat shop-bought hands down – and they’re so easy to make! All you need is some potatoes, some oil and a sharp knife. You can make them as thick or as thin as you like – or you could even make them extra chunky and turn them into potato wedges.
- 750g potatoes
- Vegetable oil (around 500ml if you're frying)
If baking your fries, pre-heat your oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
Wash and slice your potatoes. You can peel your potatoes if you want or leave the skin on for a more rustic feel.
Par-boil your potatoes in salted boiling water for around 5-10 mins until just soft.
If baking, toss the chips in vegetable oil, making sure they’re all covered and bake in the oven for 15-20 mins until golden brown and crispy.
If frying, fill a saucepan 3/4 full with vegetable oil and heat until bubbling. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small cube of bread into it – if it crisps up, it’s ready. Fry the chips in batches until golden and crispy and remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and place on some kitchen roll to absorb the leftover oil.
Sprinkle the chips with salt or herbs (we love rosemary) and serve.
Baking chips is healthier than frying but you won't get the same crispness as frying. You can fry with oil and a saucepan or in a deep fat fryer if you have one