Hartford House

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Hand-cut Fried Chips with Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe

 Hand-cut Fried Chips with Homemade Tomato Sauce  Photo : Jackie Cameron

Hand-cut Fried Chips with Homemade Tomato Sauce
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Keep it simple by presenting uncomplicated food in unusual ways. Serve effortless, Hand-Cut Fried Chips in a newspaper cone. Add homemade tomato sauce and a sprinkling of flavoured salts. Simply scrumptious!

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Yields: about 900 ml


30 ml Sunflower Oil

35 g salted Butter

10 g Garlic – finely sliced

3 Onions (450 g skin off)

6 Fresh Red Tomatoes (500-600 g chopped)

100 g Tomato Paste – All Gold

1 tin Tomato and Onion Mix

15 ml Dried Oregano

6 Thyme Sprigs or 1 Rosemary Sprig

Salt and Pepper


1) Heat a pot.  Add oil and butter and heat

2) Add garlic and onions and sauté until caramelised in colour

3) Add tomatoes and cook until tender

4) Add tomato paste (chef’s note: allow the tomato paste to simmer to thicken the sauce and also to cook off the raw tomato paste flavour)

5) Then add tomato and onion mix and bring to the boil

6) Finish with oregano and thyme or rosemary.  Season to taste with salt and pepper

7) Liquidise slightly to bring all the flavours together and set aside for later serving

Flavoured Salts


Maldon Salt

Mix in any desired spices

Serve with the chips

Hand-cut Chips


Yields: 1 large portion

2 medium Potatoes

Sunflower Oil


1) Slice a potato thinly

2) Rinse the cut potatoes in water to remove any excess starch

3) Fry the chips in sunflower oil until crisp

4) Serve in a newspaper cone

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I look forward to hearing from you.

 jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
+27 33 263 2713