Top cheesy chip recipes
Cheesy chips (or cheesy fries to our American friends) are traditionally an American fast-food dish, a delicious treat which packs a tasty yet calorific punch of a meal; chips lathered with lashings of cheese and finished with an array of tasty toppings. Traditionally cheese fries can be served for lunch (fancy a cheesy chip sandwich?) and for dinner. Here are our top cheesy chip recipes…
Firstly, you’ll need to prepare your chips. The ideal potato for making cheesy chips is a good multipurpose variety – try a Maris Piper or King Edward. The ideal spud for making chips is a starchy variety; potatoes low in moisture. Their fluffy consistency is ideal for both frying and baking – perfect for a thin cut French fry or a chunkier chip.
If you prefer your chips a little sweeter, make them with the delicious sweet potato. Sweet potatoes make a lovely French fry or chunky wedge chip – with the added benefits of being slightly lower in carbs and having a lower glycemic index than white varieties. Portion wise, use around one whole large potato per person, slightly more if everyone’s hungry.
Now you’ve chosen and peeled your potatoes, chop them into slices; narrow and thin or thick and chunky, as you prefer. Then parboil in water for around 5-8 minutes depending on the thickness. Once done, pat the chips dry and place them onto a baking tray, seasoning to taste. Try garlic powder, a pinch of salt and some ground black pepper. Now drizzle with some oil. Place into the oven and roast for around 35 minutes at 200°C/Gas Mark 6 or until cooked thoroughly and golden.
If you’re strapped for time and want to make your cheesy chips in a rush, buy yourself a pack of french fries from McCain Foods– perfect for coating with lashings of your favourite cheese.
Now it’s time to choose your cheese. Perhaps the most popular (and easiest) cheeses for making your cheesy chips are the soft and easy-melting varieties such as cheddar, cream cheese and mozzarella. But if you’re a real cheese connoisseur, go ahead and try a few more adventurous recipes – good choices include ripe brie and camembert.
Easy-to-make cheesy chip recipes
Chips with cheddar cheese
Place your chips on a large grill-safe serving platter and preheat the grill to its highest setting. Arrange the fries on the platter and scatter over some grated cheddar cheese on top. The more the cheesier! Grill the chips until the cheese has melted and add some crumbled bacon for extra flavour.
Chips with mozzarella
This is perhaps one of the most popular cheesy chip recipes, and is sure to be a hit with the kids and pizza lovers alike. Once your chips are ready and very hot, spread your grated mozzarella on top to ensure it melts nicely. Adjust the amount of mozzarella depending on how coated you’d like your chips. This dish is perfect with a dash of cayenne pepper sprinkled on top, to add a little flavour.
Chips with brie
This is the perfect recipe to try with sweet potato chips. Ripe brie makes a delicious accompaniment for your chips and is also great enjoyed with a glass of red wine. Place your brie cheese under the grill for a few minutes until it has melted well. Serve the chips covered with the melted cheese, a pinch of salt and some black pepper.
Extremely cheesy chips with garlic
If you’re a self-confessed cheese lover and just can’t get enough – this recipe’s the one for you! A creamy blend of cheddar, cream cheese and milk. Grate a large handful of cheddar cheese and press three or four cloves of garlic. Grate the cheese on the thinnest part of your grater. In a pan on low heat add some oil and toss the garlic paste in. Simmer gently for about two minutes. Then add some cream cheese, as much as you require to cover your chips. Add a dash of milk to thin the mixture if required. Then throw in half of the grated cheese for a few minutes. Once your chips are ready, pour the mixture straight over your chips, shaking over the remaining grated cheese. Enjoy!
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