Make yourself the ultimate treat: a crisp sandwich, with homemade salt and vinegar crisps. These crunchy, golden brown rounds are easier than you might think
- 2 medium potatoes
- 250ml cider vinegar
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 8 slices really soft, fresh, sliced white bread (or 4 soft white floury rolls)
- salted butter and tomato ketchup, to serve
MethodIt’s tricky to get slices of the right thickness: either use a knife, slicing as thinly as you can without breaking, or a mandolin if you have one. Put the slices in a dish, cover with the vinegar and 1 tsp sea salt, and leave for 20 mins. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
- 4 pitta breads
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 240g hot-smoked trout fillets
- 200ml reduced fat soured cream
- 1 tbsp chopped gherkin
- 2 tbsp chopped dill, plus extra for sprinkling
- Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 8. Halve the pittas and cut into wedges. Brush with 2 tbsp olive oil; sprinkle with salt and chopped dill. Cook for 10-12 mins until crisp.
- Flake the hot smoked trout fillets and mix with soured cream, chopped gherkins and chopped dill. Serve with the crisps.
- 500g (cleaned weight) medium-size squid
- 2 tsp white peppercorns
- 4 tsp flaky sea salt
- 100g plain flour
- groundnut or vegetable oil, for frying
- 1 long dried chilli, roasted and deseeded
- 1 tbsp palm sugar or light muscovado sugar
- juice 1 lime
- 50ml fish sauce
- Cut the squid into large pieces, then score a criss-cross diamond pattern into the flesh, without cutting all the way through. To make the chilli dressing, pound the roasted dried chilli in a mortar and pestle (or food processor), then add the palm sugar. Pound again, adding the lime juice and the fish sauce. Mix well and place to one side. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and slide a baking sheet in.
- Pound the peppercorns and sea salt together, then stir into the flour in a large bowl and set to one side. Heat a few cms oil in a wok or deep frying pan.
- Place the wok over a high heat; when the oil starts to shimmer, it is ready. Toss the squid in the seasoned flour so that it is coated well.
- Drop a quarter of the squid into the oil and fry for about 1 min. The squid should curl and go crisp. Lift out of the oil with a slotted spoon and keep warm in the oven on the baking sheet while you cook the rest. Serve straight away, with the dressing on the side.
- 85g cornflour
- 85g plain flour
- 2 tsp black pepper, cracked
- 2 tbsp ground Szechuan peppercorns, roughly crushed
- sunflower or vegetable oil, for frying
- 400g squid, cleaned and cut into strips (see tips, below)
- finely sliced spring onion and green chilli, to serve
- 1 red chilli, finely chopped
- half cucumber, finely diced
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 100ml rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- To make the dipping sauce, mix all the ingredients in a small bowl until the sugar has dissolved, then set aside. Mix the cornflour and plain flour with both peppers and 2 tsp sea salt in a large bowl, then set aside. Line a tray with kitchen paper and make sure you have more salt to sprinkle with.
- Heat about 7cm of oil to 180C in a deep fryer, wok or deep pan. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test it with a cube of bread – it should brown in 20 secs. Coat the squid well with the flour mix and fry in batches for about 2 mins each or until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to lift out the squid, then drain on the kitchen paper and sprinkle with a little more salt. Serve the squid scattered with the spring onion and chilli, with the dipping sauce on the side.