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Chips & Dip

February 6, 2014

It’s a public holiday here today in Toastieland, and I wanted to whip something up to celebrate in style.  Something that truly embodies the can-do attitude of New Zealanders, and the spirit of nationhood and togetherness that we all strive for.

All that striving can make you quite peckish after all.

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The ultimate Waitangi Day snack needs the greatest of all Kiwi combinations since Finn brother met Finn brother – chips and onion dip. *salutes*

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To make this dip, all you need is a can of reduced cream and a packet of onion soup. Perhaps a bit of lemon juice if you’re fancy, but I’m not going to judge you.

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Stir to combine. Remove spoon from bowl. Lick spoon clean. Briefly wonder why humankind ever chooses to eat anything else. Place bowl in fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

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Then introduce your dip to potato chips, and know that you’ve created something truly beautiful in this world.

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Next, assemble your glorious toastie. A generous helping of chips and a lascivious dollop of dip.

Then toast!

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A reflective self-portrait in a toastie maker. This kinda sums up my life, really.

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During toasting some of the dip starts to melt and creep out, but it’s not really any cause for alarm. The kitchen smells awesome too.

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Innards! Or, to pronounce it correctly as an NZer, ‘unnards’.

Er, not so attractive from this angle.

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But the cross-section is beautiful. A classic kiwi dish *within* a classic kiwi dish. So meta.

And finally, we get to taste it…

OH MY GOD IT’S SO GOOD. SERIOUSLY.

It’s creamy and salty and absolutely amazing. You could probably quite happily make this without the chips, as they do soften quite a bit, but they don’t really detract from the wonder that is a warm toasted sandwich of onion dip. It’s very moreish and all kinds of wrong, but I love it.

OFFICIAL TOASTIE PROJECT RATING:

Toastability – 5/5. Easy to construct and very little leakage to be concerned about. The hardest part about the whole thing is waiting for the dip to set at the start.

Taste – 5/5. Yes, that’s full marks people! DELICIOUS. I strongly suggest you make one of these today. We have reached a new pinnacle in our exploration of the uncharted landscape of toasties. And the view from up here is amazing.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2014 7:48 am

    you have surpassed yourself!

  2. February 8, 2014 6:43 pm

    I salute you.

  3. mahinty permalink
    February 10, 2014 3:17 am

    Your best work yet.

    This is important, though: what flavour were the chips? I would have gone Salt & Vinegar, but I’m interested to know what you went with. Ready Salted would also be a good choice. Anything else I would consider to be controversial.

    • February 11, 2014 8:17 am

      You raise an excellent question! I personally have an aversion to Salt & Vinegar, so I went with Ready Salted for this experiment. But I would definitely encourage people to try different flavours of chips, as it would add a whole other dimension of taste to this marvellous toastie.

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