Chips ‘n Dips: 5 Tasty Alternatives

April 7, 2014

Everybody loves chips. The nation’s favourite side dish, chips are the definitive choice for fast, tasty food. So why do we love chips so much? Well they’re easy to make and a treat for all the family. Not only are chips the ultimate accompaniment to any lunch or dinner, they are also a great snack on their own, and go well with a range of sauces and dips. While ketchup and mayonnaise remain the most popular additions to chips, we say it’s time to shake things up! So why not try some of our alternative dips below?

Whether you like thick cut chips, wedges, skinny fries or curly fries, oven chips can be golden and crispy on the outside, and deliciously fluffy on the inside. Check out lots of oven chip options, including chunky cut chips, at McCain.co.uk. So why not enjoy your favourite chips tonight with one of these tasty alternatives to ketchup and mayonnaise.

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Barbecue Sauce

With the weather improving (finally), spring is definitely in the air. So with good weather and long summer nights on the horizon, barbecue season can’t be far behind. Barbecue sauce is not only the perfect accompaniment to the traditional BBQ fare of burgers, sausages and steaks, but it’s also an excellent sauce for dipping crispy fries.

Aioli

Posher than regular mayonnaise, aioli (or garlic mayonnaise), is a tasty side option for fries and chunky chips. The addition of lemon juice to this popular sauce makes it tangy and lighter than traditional mayonnaise, and is great alternative to your average run of the mill dip.

Coleslaw

Coleslaw is easy to make and is an excellent side for chips. It’s typically made with shredded cabbage and carrot, and dressed with mayonnaise. However you can make a healthier version by dressing it with buttermilk instead. Coleslaw can also be made more to your liking by adding some of your favourite ingredients, such as cheese, apple, celery, onions or peppers. If you like your dips on the spicy side, heat things up by adding some chopped jalapenos.

Curry Sauce

Probably a popular choice in your local chip shop, curry sauce is a tasty addition to fries and is a great comfort meal when sitting in front of the telly on a Friday night. You can easily buy curry sauce in your local supermarket or you can make your own at home. For healthier options, why not try adding yoghurt or crème fraîche instead of full fat cream?

Pea Purée

Best known as the favourite accompaniment with that most classic of British meals, fish and chips. But served on its own with a side of fries, pea purée is a tasty and healthy dip that is great if you’re serving chips to children (as well as providing a sneaky way to get them to eat their greens!). You can buy pea purée if you like, but it’s simple to make for yourself, and is a great way to use ingredients that you might already have in your freezer such as frozen peas. Jazz it up and make it extra special by adding some mint leaves to the mix.

So there are 5 great alternative dips to have with your chips. Get creative and try them tonight. We’re getting hungry already!

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