Chunky Home Fries

Chunky Home Fries

These home fries are the best! They are easy to make and almost as quick as opening a bag of frozen supermarket ones! Plain or spicy.

Chunky Home Fries

4 servings
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes for 4 servings
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 900 g (2 lb) potatoes*
  • 3 tbsp oil, flavourless (not olive oil)
  • salt and freshly milled pepper

Note

  • * The varieties I would suggest: Maris Piper in the U.K. and Yukon Gold in Canada.


  • Method
  • Adjust oven rack to lowest level. Preheat to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6

  • Line a large roasting tin/pan with baking parchment (which prevents the chips from sticking) and add the oil.
  • Heat in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile wash and peel potatoes. Slice into 1.25 cm (½ inch) thick rounds and then into 1.25 cm (½ inch) thick strips.
  • Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and then add the chips and parboil for 5 minutes.
  • Drain well and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  • Carefully add the chips to the hot oil, turning to coat.
  • Season.
  • Cook in the oven for 40 minutes, turning halfway through, until they are golden and crisp.
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Spicy Chunky Home Fries

4 servings
  • Ingredients
  • 900 g (2 lb) floury potatoes (about 6 medium)
  • 3 tbsp flavourless oil
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • Method
  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6).
  • Line a large roasting tin/pan with baking parchment (which prevents the chips from sticking) and add the oil.
  • Heat in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile wash and peel potatoes. Slice into 1.25 cm (½ inch) thick rounds and then into 1.25 cm (½ inch) thick strips.
  • Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and then add the chips and parboil for 5 minutes.
  • Drain well and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  • Tip into a bowl and add the flour, paprika salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  • Then carefully add the chips to the hot oil, turning to coat.
  • Cook in the oven for 40 minutes, turning halfway through, until they are golden and crisp.
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Updated: April 16, 2020

Breaded Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

A simple meal of fish and chips, prepared and cooked in an hour. A chunky piece of fresh white fish (haddock or cod), coated in fresh breadcrumbs, and shallow fried for just 10 minutes. Served with home cooked fries and ready to be doused with ketchup and vinegar.

Breaded Fish and Chips

4 servings
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the fish
  • 4 x 140 g (5 oz) haddock fillets, skinned
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • flavourless oil (not olive oil)
  • For the chips
  • 900 g (2 lb) large potatoes (about 6)
  • 2 tbsp oil, not olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • To serve
  • tartare sauce and 4 lemon wedges for the fish
  • malt vinegar and tomato ketchup for the chips

Equipment

  • You will also need a large frying pan/skillet or sauté pan for the fish and a large baking sheet covered with baking parchment, for the chips.


  • Method
  • Adjust oven rack to the lowest level and preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6)

  • For the chips
  • Peel potatoes and slice into ½ inch thick rounds and then into ½ inch thick strips. Pat dry and place in a bowl.

  • Drizzle with oil and season well. Toss until evenly coated.

  • Spread out on the baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, turning 2 or 3 times until browned.
  • For the fish
  • Meanwhile, prepare the fish. Spread the flour on a plate and season. Then spread breadcrumbs on a second plate. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl.

  • Pat dry the fish with kitchen paper. Taking one fillet at a time, coat it in the flour, gently shaking off any excess. Then dip it in the beaten egg and coat in the breadcrumbs. Set aside on a clean plate and repeat with the remaining fish.

  • While the chips are cooking in the oven the fish can be cooked on the hob. Heat the frying pan/skillet over a medium heat and pour in enough oil to just cover the bottom. When the oil is hot, add the fish and gently fry for about 4–5 minutes until golden and crisp on the underside. Carefully turn and repeat on the other side. The fish may have to be cooked in two batches. Lift the fish from the pan and place on a warmed plate covered with kitchen paper to absorb any oil. Cover the plate with foil and keep warm while cooking the rest of the fish.

  • Serve immediately garnished with the lemon wedges.
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Updated: March 25, 2018