Oven Baked Chips

Who doesn't love chips? Seriously? Whilst the best chips are twice fried, it can be a faff doing this at home not to mention the smell of oil lingering in the air and on your clothes. These oven baked chips are very easy to whip up and don't require a lot of effort. They're also very cheap to make. My general rule of thumb is one large potato per person should you need to increase the quantity. If you want to flavour the potatoes with herbs like rosemary, I'd recommend you do this when they have 10 minutes of cooking left. If you throw herbs on at the start they will only end up burnt by the end of the bake.

Serves 2 Hands-on Time 10 minutes Cooking Time 40-50 minutes plus resting time

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Ingredients 2 Potatoes, large (such as King Edwards) 2 tbsp Oil (I use olive oil. You may want to use flavourless e.g. sunflower or vegetable) Salt and pepper for seasoning

Equipment Chopping board Vegetable peeler (optional) Knife Bowl Kitchen paper Baking parchment (optional) Baking sheet Spatula

Peel the potatoes if you prefer chips without skins.

Slice the potatoes into 4 pieces lengthways and then divide these pieces up into 3 to 4 chips about 2cm wide. You’re looking to get about 12-16 chunky chips from each potato.

Fill a bowl with water and add the potatoes, ensuring they are submerged. Leave them to sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 210°C/190°C(Fan)/425°F/Gas mark 7.

Drain the water from the bowl and dry the potatoes thoroughly using kitchen paper.

Place a piece of baking parchment onto a baking sheet. This isn’t essential, you can bake the chips directly on the tray although the parchment ensures they don’t stick.

Spread the chips out on the tray and drizzle over the oil.

Using your hands make sure you coat the every side of the chips with oil.

Season the chips with salt and pepper and pop the tray into the oven on a middle shelf for approx 20-25 minutes.

Once the undersides of the chips start to colour flip them over using a spatula and pop them back into the oven for another 20-25 minutes.

Remove the chips from the oven when they’re beautifully golden.