Now, those of you that have followed this blog for a while will know that I’m a sucker for chips. Proper hard crispy outsides that don’t go soggy as soon as you put vinegar on them, with a fluffy light as air centre. Now I have gone to great lengths before to create perfect chips at home. Sadly to say, these are an awful lot of effort with satisfying results but not exactly as I wanted them. They will stay crispy for a while but not as long as you need when feeding six people. I’ve found one of the problems being the source of the potato. Supermarket spuds are stored in large damp warehouses in their plastic bags. This means the potato is wetter than one straight from the ground. Only 0.5% difference in wet matter has enough effect to ruin your chips.
Now, its very difficult to get potatoes straight out of the ground, although i am going to grow some next year. A technique I have stumbled upon was by trying to get crispy sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes certainly won’t go crispy in a fryer so need to be coated in something. Flour is alright, but it leaves the chips with a chewy texture. I thought of trying polenta but had ran out, instead I had a bag of semolina flour in the cupboard. Like a lot of things in life, the best things are discovered by accident. Hey presto, the crispiest, tastiest and healthiest chips ever were born.
Semolina is ground durum wheat that dried pasta is made out of. Normal flour is classed as a soft flour that you use for cakes and breads. This however, is classed as hard wheat and absorbs a lot of water before going soft. You still need floury potatoes, maris piper or king edward.
1) Cut potatoes into chip shape 1cm x 1cm square. Par-boil for 5 minutes, drain, and place back into the pot to steam for 2 minutes.
2) Dust the baking tray with Semolina flour, dust a bit more over the top until all sides are coated. These can now go in the fridge until ready to cook. To cook heat oven to 200°c Fan. Drizzle with oil and fine salt,cook for 40-45 minutes turning twice. Serve as needed.
Never has something so simple been so complicated.