How to make the perfect chip butty from scratch

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How to make the perfect chip butty from scratch
Chips, bread and sauce: make a chip butty your best buddy. (Getty Thinkstock)

What do you get when you put together two pieces of sliced white bread with beautifully fried chips? A sandwich fit for a king! Containing only a few common ingredients, you no longer need to buy this snack in the local pub or shop. Instead, learn how to make Britain’s favourite chip, bread and butter sandwich at home from scratch.

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Homemade chips

While you can always buy your chips packaged or pre-made from the local shop, it's best to make your own fresh deep fried chips. Peel three large potatoes and cut them into sticks. Let them soak in a pot of cold water for two hours. Drain the potatoes from the water and place on a kitchen roll to dry, pressing down with another piece of kitchen roll to rid excess moisture. Heat a pot of neutral cooking oil to 150 degrees C (300 degrees F). Fry the potatoes for 5 minutes until soft. Drain on a paper towel. Then, put the potatoes back in the fryer, and fry again until golden brown. Remove and drain on a kitchen roll. Season with salt and vinegar (optional)

The bread

Take out two pieces of fresh bread from its package. Typically a chip butty is made with regular white sliced bread, but you can also make a chip sandwich with a bread roll or muffin. Butter the two slices of bread. It's best to use regular butter, and not margarine.

Assemble

Add two heaping handfuls of freshly fried chips to one of the slices of bread. The chips should make up most of the sandwich.

The sauce

Top the chip butty with your sauce of choice. Drizzle the chips with ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sauce or HP sauce. While the chip butty traditionally is topped with these sauces, you can get creative and add barbecue sauce or even a spicy chilli sauce.

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