Gourmet British Chip Butty
I know, I know… you’re probably wondering what a chip butty is? (That is, if you don’t already know the answer). Well, it’s a British chip (French Fry) sandwich. Now, I know anyone can make this basic meal but I have added just that extra little something to make it a true Gourmet Chip Butty with a little Indian inspiration. I’m certain you’ll love my version that also includes the most delicious ketchup.
Think British street food or college comfort food (which is when I ate them, during school). It was one of this quick meals that you could make when mum isn’t home to cook for you.
Imagine a generous heaping of piping hot, crispy chips/French fries rolled up in soft naan with an explosion of exotic flavors from Indian spiced ketchup. Now that’s a chip butty sandwich elevated! A chip/French fry wrap.
A Posh Chip Butty with Gourmet Ketchup
My gourmet version is both a little bit homemade and a lot of store bought help. I take my favorite tomato ketchup and dress it up with some toasted Indian spices. The spices are toasted dry in a pan to bring out their flavor and take the raw taste out. It’s like an Indian style chip butty that can be served on a bun or, even tastier, warm naan bread, which is what you see here.
Why is it called a Chip Butty?
In England French fries are called chips. Butty is a Northern England slang word for ‘sandwich’ (also sarnie) from the 1800’s, the word butt (taken from butter) and adding a ‘y’ and/or a shortened version of bread and butter. It’s a British slang thing.
Chip Butty Toppings
I have enjoyed many chip butties in my young days growing up in England. There’s no steadfast rule as far as the ingredients. It can be served on sliced white bread, a bun or roll (picture below) with a little butter and always ketchup or brown sauce (HP brand brown sauce made with vinegar, fruit and spices) and sometimes a splash of malt vinegar. Also known as a ‘chip butty splash’.
Chip Butties Around the World
The plural of butty is butties and they are not just made and served in England. They also use this name in Australia and New Zealand. Other popular butties are bacon, sausage and egg.