My husband thinks he’s died and gone to heaven as I have instituted “fish and chips night”. I know Fish ‘n’ chips from a shop aren’t very expensive anyway – £3.80-£5 a portion. But we save where we can – and these will be a bit healthier for you. This is how to make your very own homemade fish & Chips.
How about herring or mackerel fillets fried in oatmeal and butter served with homemade oven chips. And a LOVELY tomato salad. Since I have started buying my veg from a vegetable box scheme (everything is local, seasonal, organic and fairtrade), I am getting some wonderful, full-flavoured tomatoes (and all the veg actually) so this will be a really tasty meal. Serves 4
Homemade Oven Chips
- 3 Potatoes
- Sea salt
- Olive oil
- Peel and wash the potatoes
- Cut into chip shapes.
- Mix with your hands with a good slug of olive oil and PLENTY (a good 2 teaspoons) of sea salt.
- Roast at 180 degrees celsius, turning with a fish slice a couple of times, for 30 minutes (or less, check them).
- 1 1/2 – 2 herring each, filleted
- 1 egg, oatmeal
- salt and pepper
- butter for frying
- Trim any remaining fins/bones off the fish
- Dip in beaten egg and the seasoned oatmeal.
- Lay on a plate ready for frying.
- Fry 4 or 5 at a time in plenty of hot butter quickly, but don’t burn the butter.
- Keep warm in the bottom of the oven while you fry the rest in batches.
- 2 large tomatoes,
- flat-leaf parsley – chopped,
- 1/4 onion, chopped,
- juice of 1/2 lemon,
- salt and pepper,
- olive oil
- Core the tomatoes and chunk.
- Mix with all the other ingredients and serve with the fish and chips.