From roast aubergine to cheesy gratin: Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for crisps

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We emotion crisps successful the UK – successful fact, we got done astir 162,900 tons successful the 52 weeks ending March 2021, which is a lot of lockdown crunching. Crisps marque a large snack, of people (I’m a ready-salted guy, incidentally), but they’re besides a wonderfully utile constituent to physique into your cooking. Texture-wise, they’re a accelerated way to crunch, portion flavour-wise they’re a accelerated way to dialling up the seasoning. Satisfaction-wise, that operation is precise hard to resist.

Potato and jerusalem artichoke crisps with chipotle and coriander brackish (pictured top)

Why marque your ain crisps erstwhile determination is already specified a immense scope to take from successful the shops? Well, they’re fun, for one, and you tin besides tailor-make some the conveyance (potatoes, beetroot, jerusalem artichoke) and the flavourings (whatever spices you person around), to suit your mood. Oh, and the results are irresistibly moreish.

Prep 25 min
Soak 1 hr
Cook 40 min
Serves 4 arsenic a snack

For the crisps
250g reddish potatoes, tegument on
3 tbsp pome cider vinegar
1 lemon
, halved
250g jerusalem artichokes, tegument on
1 litre sunflower oil
Soured cream, to serve

For the salt
10g chipotle chilli flakes
2 tbsp coriander seeds
, lightly toasted
1½ tsp flaked oversea salt

Fill a ample vessel with acold water, past 1 by 1 chopped the potatoes into 3mm-thick slices, ideally with a mandoline. Put each sliced potatoin the the h2o vessel consecutive away, earlier cutting the next.

Once each the potatoes are sliced and successful the bowl, drain them successful a colander and lavation nether the acold pat until the h2o runs clear. Return the potatoes to the bowl, screen with 700ml caller acold water, adhd the vinegar and acceptable speech for an hr (and up to 2 hours), portion you get connected with the remainder of the dish.

Fill a 2nd ample vessel with acold h2o and compression successful the foodstuff from the citrus halves. Cut the artichokes lengthways into 3mm-thick slices, again ideally utilizing a mandoline, past lavation them of immoderate debris and driblet into the vessel of acidulated h2o (the citrus foodstuff stops the slices from turning brown, though, dissimilar the potatoes, they bash not request to beryllium near to soak successful the water).

To marque the salt, enactment the chipotle chilli flakes, coriander seeds and flaked oversea brackish successful the tiny vessel of a nutrient processor oregon spice grinder, blitz until the brackish is precise good and flecked with the chilli, past extremity into a tiny bowl.

Drain the artichokes, past pat the slices betwixt sheets of room towel to get them arsenic adust arsenic possible.

Have acceptable an oven tray lined with much room towel, acceptable to drain the crisps connected erstwhile they’ve been fried. Put the lipid successful a mean saucepan connected a medium-high heat, until it hits 170C (if you don’t person a somesthesia probe oregon thermometer, trial by dropping successful 1 portion of artichoke: it should descend to the bottommost earlier bubbling backmost up to the aboveground wrong 10 seconds). Fry the artichoke slices successful 3 batches for 5 minutes a batch, until lightly aureate and starting to curl, and don’t interest if immoderate of the crisps inactive person achromatic patches connected them, due to the fact that they’ll crisp up arsenic they chill down. Transfer to the lined tray and, portion they’re inactive hot, sprinkle generously with the salt; repetition with the remaining artichoke slices.

Now for the murphy crisps. Drain the sliced potato, past pat betwixt room towels truthful they’re arsenic adust arsenic possible. This volition assistance guarantee crisper crisps. Fry the murphy slices successful 3 batches astatine the aforesaid somesthesia and for the aforesaid magnitude of clip arsenic the artichoke crisps. Transfer to the lined draining tray and again, portion they’re inactive hot, sprinkle generously with the brackish and permission to chill and crisp up further; repetition with the remaining murphy slices.

Serve the crisps successful a ample vessel with the soured pick successful a tiny vessel alongside, for dipping. If you’re not serving them consecutive away, erstwhile cooled, store the crisps successful an airtight instrumentality for up to 3 days.

Roast aubergine with herb salsa and artichoke crisps

Add the murphy  and jerusalem artichoke crisps supra  to this moreish roast aubergine with cumin and herb salsa.
Add the murphy and jerusalem artichoke crisps supra to this moreish roast aubergine with cumin and herb salsa.

The aforesaid artichoke crisps from the erstwhile look adhd a fantastic textural opposition to roast aubergine: crunchy (crisps) meets brushed and melting (aubergines). The aubergines and salsa volition some beryllium good for a fewer hours, acceptable to beryllium assembled erstwhile needed. Omit the urfa if you usage the chipotle brackish from the archetypal recipe.

Prep 20 min
Cook 25 min
Serves 4 arsenic a side

900g aubergines (ie, astir 3 oregon 4), chopped widthways into 2cm-thick slices
120ml olive oil
Salt and achromatic pepper
30g
artichoke crisps (see erstwhile recipe; oregon shop-bought crispy shallots)
¾ tsp urfa chilli flakes (optional)

For the salsa
20g parsley leaves, finely chopped
20g chives
, finely chopped
1 ample reddish chilli, finely chopped (pith and seeds removed and discarded if you similar little heat)
2 ail cloves, peeled and crushed
1½ tsp cumin seeds, toasted and lightly crushed
1 lemon, zested, to get 1 tsp, and juiced, to get 2 tsp

Heat the oven to 240C (220C fan)/475F/gas 9. Put the aubergine slices connected 1 (or two) ample oven tray(s) lined with greaseproof paper, adhd 3 tablespoons of the oil, three-quarters of a spoon of brackish and a bully grind of pepper, and flip to coat. Arrange the aubergine slices successful a azygous layer, past roast for 25-30 minutes, rotating the tray erstwhile halfway, until profoundly golden. Remove and permission until the aubergine slices are chill capable to handle.

Meanwhile, premix each the salsa ingredients successful a mean vessel with the remaining 75ml lipid and a half-teaspoon of salt.

Arrange the roast aubergine slices connected a ample platter, truthful they are somewhat overlapping, past drizzle implicit the salsa and apical with fractional the artichoke crisps (or onions). Sprinkle implicit the urfa chilli flakes, if using, and service lukewarm oregon cold, with the remaining crisps connected the side.

Gruyere and rosemary gratin with crisp topping

Yotam Ottolenghi’s rosemary gratin potatoes with cheesy brackish  and vinegar crisp topping – oregon  usage  the artichoke crisps you made above.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s gruyere and rosemary gratin with a salt-and-vinegar crisp topping.

Use shop-bought crisps for this, arsenic we do, oregon marque the murphy crisps from today’s archetypal recipe.

Prep 25 min
Cook 1 hr 30 min
Serves 6 arsenic a side

400ml treble cream
200ml full milk
50g unsalted butter
, positive 15g other for greasing
2 banana shallots, peeled and thinly sliced (100g)
10g rosemary, leaves picked and finely chopped (6g)
7 ail cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
¾ tbsp achromatic mustard seeds
Salt and achromatic pepper
800g king edward potatoes
, peeled and chopped into 1mm-thick slices (on a mandoline, ideally)
150g salt-and-vinegar crisps (store-bought)
100g gruyere, finely grated
10g chives, chopped finely

Heat the oven to 190C (170C fan)/375F/gas 5. Put the archetypal 7 ingredients successful a mean saucepan with a spoon and a fractional of brackish and fractional a spoon of cracked achromatic pepper. Put connected a mean heat, bring to a simmer and navigator mildly for 15 minutes, until the shallots and ail person softened. Keep connected a debased vigor portion you get connected with the potatoes.

Grease a 24cm x 14cm rectangular baking crockery with the other food and put a somewhat overlapping azygous furniture of sliced murphy connected top. Ladle implicit immoderate of the lukewarm pick mixture, past repetition the layers until the potatoes and pick premix are each utilized up. Cover tightly with foil and cook for an hr and a quarter, until the potatoes are tender.

While the potatoes are baking, enactment the crisps successful a mean vessel and crush them roughly. Add fractional the grated gruyere and a bully grind of achromatic pepper, premix to harvester and acceptable aside.

Once the gratin’s clip is up, assistance disconnected the foil and crook up the oven to 200C (180C fan)/390F/gas 6. Sprinkle the remaining 50g gruyere connected apical of the gratin, past scatter implicit the crisp and food substance and instrumentality to the oven, uncovered, for different 15 minutes, until the food is bubbling and golden. Remove from the oven, permission to settee for 15 minutes, past sprinkle implicit the chives and service warm.