Are you a supporter of the skinny, a connoisseur of the chunky or is your true love triple-cooked? Oven-baked, deep-fried, sliced, diced, coats on or off, however you like your potatoes presented, the mighty chip is a most definitely a masterpiece.
They don’t have to be a side-dish though – here are some quick and easy ways to transform them into a meal of their own. Take the challenge and pimp your fries.
Cook your fries and blot the excess oil. Mash the flesh of two avocados, a little salt and a squeeze of lime to make guacamole. Poach eggs (two per person), sprinkle with cooked pancetta pieces, finely sliced spring onions and a dressing of your choice. Good morning!
Find your inner cowboy with this version of a Texan meal: half a tin of BBQ baked beans, some coleslaw (make your own from finely shredded white and red cabbage, carrot, onion and a couple of tablespoons of mayo – or fromage frais for the health conscious), all topped off with a mini corn-on-the-cob. Yee-haw pardner!
Cook your fries and blot the excess oil. Add slices of brie and cooked bacon, and sprinkling of salt and brown sugar (yes, really), and place in the oven for 5-6 minutes, or ’til the brie is gooey. Mmmmmm.
OK, in all honesty, this isn’t for dieters, but it’s es chingon (awesome). Replace nachos with your fries and load them to the hilt with roasted tomatoes, finely chopped red onions, black beans, and grated cheese. Queso, a traditional Mexican cheese sauce, is made using three cheeses, so why not experiment with Cheddar, Wensleydale and a smoked cheese. Grill or oven bake ’til the cheese is molten and eat with care.
Fancy a little Mediterranean sunshine in your life? Add a generous topping of Greek Salad (romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, feta, herbs), some kalamata olives and even some crunchy pitta croutons for an extra crunch to your fries base. O-me-ga-d.
Written by Kelly Regan-Mears