Just for adults chip butty, a spicy twist on a British classic. With hot french fries and a spicy harissa sauce, it is a perfect naughty treat for a cold day.
This post was written a little while ago, and has been updated with better instructions, variations and some photos.
A while back when Thing 1 and 2 had recently moved in, I found myself nearly falling asleep in the aisles of my local grocery store at around 8 pm. Yes, I’m was pretty well wiped. From work to family life, to trying to find time to actually get to the gym to lose some much-needed weight, to planning my Christmas week menu. My brain went into shutdown mode right near the freezer section.
Now let’s be honest, if you have kids and any sort of life, you’ve been right where I am! It’s not hopelessness, it’s needing to have an evening out or a kid-free morning to just switch off.
As I walked back from the shop, the winter air did wonders to wake me up, and my mind started reminiscing about what I made for food the last time I felt like this. A chip butty. Not just any butty, but the adult version. One with a garlicky Harrisa mayo sauce. Honestly, while it might be pure carbs it is also just so simple that it is wonderful.
What is a Chip Butty
Butty is English slang for a sandwich. So, you might hear an English person refer to a bacon butty, which is essentially a bacon sandwich (also delicious). If you don’t know, a ‘classic’ chip butty is essentially hot French fries served between buttered white bread. See, simple. It is also beloved by most Brits if they go to a football match. OK, kids mainly, but why should they have all the carby fun?
While Burger King has introduced their own version of a chip butty, or French fry sandwich, I assure you this homemade version is much (MUCH) better.
As I don’t own a deep fryer, I opted for some good’ol McCain’s oven chips. But to really kick it up a gear, I made a brilliant little sauce using mayo, harissa paste, garlic and just a bit of lemon juice. The result is this spicy savoury sauce, that just make your taste buds sing.
So having slightly woken up on the walk back from the shop, it took only 20 min to start enjoying this great sandwich and a cold beer.
Yes, I was (and am) still tired, but boy did that sandwich hit the spot!
- Frozen oven fries
- Harissa paste
- Garlic powder
- Lemon juice
- Soft bread or rolls
- Pickles (optional)
- Red onion (optional)
How to make
- Cook the fries to the package instructions
- In a small bowl, place the mayo, harissa, garlic and lemon juice. Mix until combined. It should be a bit loose (about the consistency of ketchup, maybe a bit looser).
- Place hot fries onto the white bread, drizzle over with the harissa mayo. If adding pickles or onions, do this now. Eat hot!
- Classic chip butty. Take hot fries, place it onto slices of buttered bread.
- For a Curry Chip butty. Mix ½ cup mayo with 1 tbsp of medium or hot curry powder. Stir, and add 1 tsp of white wine vinegar to loosen up the mayo. Place the hot fries onto slices of bread with the curry mayo. Alternatively, use a fresh naan or roti instead of bread.
- Fully Loaded Chip Butty. I love this option, make the harissa mayo, and top the chips with some red onion and pickle slices.
Well I’m partial to a cold beer, but any cold drink will do.
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Just for adults Chip butty
- 500 g oven chips (or fried if you like)
- 1/2 cup good quality mayo
- 1 tbsp hot harrisa paste
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- pinch sea salt
- 1 tsp chopped flat leaf parsley
- juice of half a lemon
- 8 slices soft bread
- Cook the french fries/chips based on the directions on the bag. In the meantime, combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
- Spread the butter on one side of the bread, top with hot chips and then a good dose of a sauce followed by another slice of bread. Devour with a cold drink.