I haven't had them in years, matter of fact it's been almost 13 years because the only place I used to get them was back home in South Africa and having moved to the States, I just never could find good ol' chips like you get with fish and chips or even in the corner Take Away.
I've been craving them like crazy lately though, so for lunch today I whipped up some quick Chicken Sandwiches and some Salt and Vinegar Chips.
My family looked at me kinda weird, they had never tried them but after having just one from my plate they deemed it SO GOOD and asked why I've never made them before.....guess that's their hint for "make it again soon" and that I will :)
So here you go, this is how I make them, they're so easy that there really isn't a recipe for it, the trick is in the frying of the potatoes.
Salt and Vinegar Chips
Sea salt to taste
Peel your potatoes and slice them into sticks. (You don't have to peel them if you don't want to, matter of fact unpeeled potatoes are even better).
Put them into a bowl and cover with water, add about 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Let them soak for about 10 minutes.
Drain the potatoes, dry them on a clean dish towel and pop them into the fryer, fry for about 5 minutes and while they're still pale, remove with a slotted spoon onto a dish lined with paper towels. Let them sit for 5 minutes, then drop them back into the fryer for another 5 minutes or until golden brown.
In a large bowl, toss the fries with about a tablespoon of vinegar and some sea salt. If you more vinegar just add more, really you're just doing it to taste. YUM!
I actually remember that back home they would serve them on waxy white paper and you would open it up and the scent of the vinegar would rise up and tickle your nose. They're so delicious, give them a try :)