Oven baked chips

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The hot chip conjures up images of my childhood such cold winter days at the footy and Friday night (‘cooks night off’) fish and chips.

It was a special ‘treat’ and back then we had little idea about the deep frying process and what damage the fats they were using were doing to our body. Commercial deep frying uses vegetable oils such as canola and sunflower and even trans fats. These fats have increased in our diet over the year as they are cheap and long lasting and therefore used in many of the processed foods we buy. But they contribute to inflammation, which plays a role in nearly every chronic disease on the planet. If you want to understand a bit more about fats check out some previous posts I have written here and here.

These days it’s possible to buy air fryers which are said to achieve the same type of result as deep frying but with 80% less fat. But fat itself isn’t the problem, its the type of fat that is. And if you are like me, I wasn’t about to buy yet another appliance to use for one or two things.

So I set about trying to find the perfect way to oven bake chips. And I think I’ve nailed it! You see, my husband (and now my son) love hot chips so they are pretty tough critics. Apparently they will never live up to the true authentic deep fried version, they are pretty close!

Give them a try.

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Oven baked fries
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Instructions
  1. Peel the potatos and sweet potatoes and slice into 'chips'
  2. Place in a saucepan of cold water and bring to the boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat as soon as it boils and strain the water out. This process par boils the potatoes so they don't require as much time in the oven.
  3. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and preheat the oven to 220 degrees celsius.
  4. Once cooled, place the chips carefully on the tray in rows making sure they are all separated. Take your time to do this as this is what helps them to crisp up if they aren't stuck together.
  5. Drizzle with your choice of oil (I usually use olive oil but coconut or macadamia give it a slightly different flavour if you're up for it) and sprinkle with some salt
  6. Place in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the chips start to turn golden brown
  7. Remove and serve immediately as they are best hot!
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