Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

How to: hip chips

Perfect-Chips-Hero.jpg

To mark the end of National Chip Week (21-25 February), we've hunted high and low to bring you the ultimate recipe for the very best chips.

Celebrated food journalist, Felicity Cloake, who writes for the Daily Mail, Metro and has a weekly column called ‘How to Make’ in the Guardian, tested numerous home-frying chip recipes, speaking to experts and renowned chefs. Cloake even got lauded food critic Jay Rayner to try some of her chips, and the recipe below was the one to get his nod of approval. Here's how to make the perfect chip at home...

What you'll need

  • 200g Maris Piper per person
  • Dripping or other animal fat to cook (enough to half-fill your pan when melted)
  • A cooking thermometer or electric deep fat fryer

Perfect chip recipe

1 Peel your potatoes and cut into chips – approximately 1cm for thick-cut chips, half that for thinner ones. Rinse well under cold water, then drain.

2 Put the chips into a pan of cold, salted water, and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat, and simmer until just soft to the point of a knife.

3 Drain, pat dry and allow to cool, then put in the fridge until cold.

4 Heat your fat to 120C, and add the chips. Don't overcrowd the pan. Blanch for about five minutes until cooked through but not coloured.

5 Remove, drain, pat dry, and refrigerate.

6 When you're ready to eat, heat the fat to 160C and add the chips. Cook until crisp and golden, then remove, drain, season and serve immediately.

Felicity’s first book, Perfect: 66 Essential Recipes for Every Cook's Repertoire, is available from 4 August.

Related

3168479.jpg

Friday Night Cocktails

BB226903@NIGEL-SLATER'S-SIM.jpg

Exclusive Nigel Slater recipes

Tommi-Sandwich.jpg

Thomasina Miers

Latest...

A vanilla ice cream shortage is currently sweeping the UK

But it’s still 99-with-a-flake season!

by Moya Crockett
15 Aug 2017

This mobile artisanal gin bar brings the party straight to your door

Roll up, roll up

by Moya Crockett
14 Aug 2017

We would screw over our friends for free pizza, study says

Well, it is pretty good. Sorry.

by Amy Swales
10 Aug 2017

The gin bauble game just got updated for Christmas 2017

We look forward to trees entirely decorated in things we can eat and drink

by Amy Swales
10 Aug 2017

The untranslatable foreign words all foodies need in their vocabulary

Put down your grief bacon and read this

by Amy Swales
09 Aug 2017

This gin is one of the best in the world – and costs under £10

It keeps topping the polls in industry taste tests, but leaves you change from a tenner

by Amy Swales
27 Jul 2017

These are the UK's best bars for indulging your love of gin

G&T, anyone...?

by Jenny Tregoning
27 Jul 2017

Pink gin has arrived to make our summer 100% better

Our go-to tipple, infused with strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants

by Anna Brech
27 Jul 2017

An espresso martini festival is coming to the UK this summer

All aboard for an homage to the suave and punchy concoction

by Anna Brech
26 Jul 2017

How a 'coffee nap' can supercharge your work day

Brew up the caffeine and then hit snooze

by Anna Brech
26 Jul 2017