Chips at Home for Chip Week by Ashley Palmer-Watts

Chip Week 18 - 24 February 2013In celebration of Chip Week (18-24 February 2013) Ashley Palmer-Watts, executive chef of ‘Dinner by Heston’ demonstrated exactly how to make their famous triple-cooked chips. But instead of all the bother of deep-frying them at home Ashley provided hints and tips to make an alternative home cooked chip, that is a success every time.

Ashley explained; “I know I make triple-cooked chips for the restaurant, but when I’m cooking at home, I make a roasted version in the oven as I don’t have a deep fat fryer. They are healthier to an extent and you can change the ingredients to whatever you fancy.”

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Top tips from Ashley to make the best chips at home:

• Use a potato, such as Maris Piper, with good dry matter content to give your chip a light fluffy centre.

• When cutting the rustic chips, be sure to create as many edges as possible, during cooking these will ruffle up allowing the oil to really penetrate the surface of the potato, creating a great crunchy crust.

• In the first stage of the cooking, simmer the chips in lightly salted water, until fully soft. Some will break but this is essential to creating the crust and ensuring the centre of the chip will be light and fluffy.

• Once cooked, remove the chips onto a cooling rack set on a tray, place these in the fridge or freezer to cool quickly and encourage as much moisture to evaporate from the potato.

• When I cook them in the oven, I add smashed garlic cloves (skin on), thyme and rosemary to the roasting tray coating the chips with olive oil, and seasoning with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. When roasting, refrain from turning the chips until the side in contact with the pan has a light golden colour and appears to becoming nice and crisp. Baste with the olive oil regularly.

• As with most things – practice makes perfect. You can also try different seasonings to create chips for specific dishes.

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