This is a simple recipe for a common British treat, the chip butty. A chip butty is a sandwich using what the British call chips (or French Fries as they are known in other parts of the world) as the main ingredient, sandwiched between two slices of bread or in a bread roll.
The infamous chip butty
I have lived abroad most of my life (outside of the UK) and it never ceases to surprise people when you start making a chip butty in front of them. And yet why?
I remember in the work canteen in the Netherlands on ‘chip day’, assembling my chip butty with bread, butter and salt and receiving copious amounts of abuse from my colleagues (who no doubt were jealous of this lack of brilliance in their own country’s culinary repertoire.)
The chip butty must not be confused with the potato chip sandwich or crisp sandwich, however. These are sandwiches with potato chips as a filler rather than French Fries – yet another brilliant British culinary delight and another form of potato sandwich (don’t knock it until you have tried it!)
It is a bit confusing when people in different countries use the same word for completely different things, isn’t it?
What to put in a chip butty?
Well, this is up to you. There are no hard and fast rules. My own preference is actually just to use chips (obviously), butter and salt. In these pictures, I used some frozen chips from Aldi and cooked them in the air fryer. But I still think homemade chips are better. If you have a good chip shop nearby, then that could even be the quickest option.
If you use greasy chips you will get a greasy chip butty so the quality of your chips is important. Balance the amount of butter to complement the greasiness of your chips.
As regards condiments you can, of course, use any condiment you prefer: brown sauce, mayonnaise, tomato ketchup, salt and vinegar, whatever you like.
It’s not rocket science – just make it up as you please, and of course, ENJOY!
How to make a chip butty