Monday, 25 October 2010

Chip hash

I hate wasting food. I really, really hate it. Even so, I was faintly worried that I was taking frugality a bit too far with this one.

As an occasional treat, on a Friday evening Paul and I will get takeaway fish and chips from the shop around the corner. It's very good, but the portions of chips are enormous. We usually get a medium chips to share (they only do medium and large) and even then we can only eat about 1/3 of them.

The last time we did this I looked at the enormous pile of leftover chips and declared that enough was enough - I couldn't bring myself to throw them away.

But what to do with them? They don't reheat to the same glory, so I needed to come up with a different form to present them in. And thus was born...

Leftover chip hash (serves 2)

Leftover chips (French fries people, not crisps)
1 onion, diced
1 packet of bacon, cut into lardons
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
handful of parsley, chopped
eggs to serve

Put your bacon into a saute pan and cook gently until the fat starts to render out. Add your onion and stir until translucent. Turn up the heat and add the chips, cut into smaller chunks, and the garlic, and stir until everything is beginning to mush in places and crisp in places. Season generously with black pepper (no extra salt, don't be silly) and chopped parsley. Top with fried or poached eggs.

Delicious. I almost wished I had a hangover, as I realised what perfect hangover food this was. And then I wished I had a bloody mary, because that would really be an epic food match. I will never throw away chips again.

ETA Simona from the lovely bi-lingual blog briciole put me on to the Love Food, Hate Waste website. It's a campaign I am very happy to support! Recipes to use up leftovers - Love Food Hate  Waste campaign


Su-Lin said...

That is genius! What a great way to avoid wasting those chips - I always hate throwing them away but I inevitably do.

Caroline said...

What an excellent idea! You made me laugh out loud with the french fries bit - I can't imagine what fried crisp hash would be like, or fish and crisps come to that! Love the thought though!

Simona Carini said...

I also hate to throw away food, so I applaud your effort. You may already be familiar with this web site, but just in case: love food hate waste

Arlene Delloro said...

You're so right about reheated fries, but using them like this was very creative and, I'm certain, delish! I remember Sister Mary David telling us, "Necessity is the Mother of invention." How right she was.

mscrankypants said...

You just reminded me that I buy two extra potato cakes with fish and chips so I can eat them cold the next day -- disgusting but I love them.

The chip hash looks great.

Alicia Foodycat said...

Su-Lin - thanks!

C - Well, I googled, and there were lots of people saying "you mean like Doritos?" so I thought I needed to be clear.

Simona - I have seen the posters but never visited the site. Thanks!

Arlene - Sister Mary David was a wise woman.

Cranky - except in potato salad I am really not a fan of the cold spud!

Sam said...

I love it! Chip shops always serve gigantic portions and I never know what to do with them, now I do!

I really hate waste too so I will definitely be trying this next time I get chips.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Very resourceful! I think hash is one of the best breakfasts ever-hangover or not. ;-) This looks delicious.

Jude said...

Brilliant idea! We always have leftover chips too. I guess it would work just as well with a tin of corned beef?

Alicia Foodycat said...

Sam - I hope you like it.

Deb - yes, I do like a good hash

Jude - actually, I think it would be even better with corned beef!

Choclette said...

Great idea to use your left over chips - cold chips are just so unappealing.

Michelle Boardman said...

I just followed the recipe, delicious - thanks! I had some roasted veg left over as well from Sunday lunch so added that to the mix.

Alicia Foodycat said...

Choclette - apparently they make a good stir-fry, too!

Mushypeas - glad you liked it!

Minx said...

Have got to say, thumbs up from my 12 year old who just had this with last nights left over chips!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Minx - I am glad he liked it! It is awesome!


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