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The Chip Butty: A Greasy, Guilty Pleasure!

Do you succumb to a cheeky chip butty after a night out on the town? Are you besieged by guilt afterwards? I am.

What Exactly Is a Chip Butty?

A chip butty is a marvellous carb-laden invention, traditionally eaten as a late-night snack after a few too many drinks to soak up the booze.

Anyone from the UK will know the famous chip butty. If you are not British, however, you may wonder what on earth it is. Well, it's very simple: the term "butty" comes from the northern part of England, and it means "sandwich." The term "chips" refers to fries—but they must be thick cut. The bread for this sandwich is, with no exceptions, white and generously buttered. Add your sauce of choice and voila! A magnificent, calorific, greasy chip butty!

French fries do not make a good chip butty.

French fries do not make a good chip butty.

The Perfect Chips for a Chip Butty

The correct chip for your butty is important. Without the proper chip, your butty will just be a poor imitation.

French fries are delicious, but they are too thin and crispy for a chip butty. You need something with more potato and more soggy grease! In order to find some proper chips, stay away from the fast-food chains. Walk on by to find a good English chip shop.

Fat greasy chips make an excellent chip butty

Fat greasy chips make an excellent chip butty

The chips in the photo above are perfect for a chip butty! Soft, greasy and fat. Pretty much how you will turn out if you eat one of these every day. Deep-fried chips from a chip shop are the best for your butty! Look at these beauties. Mmm, tasty!

Soft white bread makes the ideal chip butty

Soft white bread makes the ideal chip butty

The Best Bread

No ciabatta, sourdough, or brioche. Nothing organic and nothing that looks like it is homemade! And definitely NOT brown bread!

The bread in the photo above is ideal: large white slices buttered liberally. Perfect.

Now all you need to do is add a generous handful of chips, add the sauce and place another buttered slice on the top.

Best Sauce

I wouldn't choose any sauce myself, but the choice for your chip butty could be ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise (if you are feeling continental and fancy) or brown sauce. Plenty of salt and vinegar can/must be added, too!

Blissed Out on Carbs...

How many calories are in a chip butty? According to one fish & chip shop, one of these sandwiches contains 712 calories! Very sinful and best avoided by dieters. Do you succumb to a cheeky chip butty after a night out on the town? Are you besieged by guilt afterwards? I am.

Chip butty with brown sauce

Chip butty with brown sauce

The Greasy Chip Butty Song

Sung to the tune of Annie's Song, the chip butty song is a football chant sung by the supporters of Sheffield United Football Club. Here are the lyrics:

You fill up my senses

You fill up my senses

Like a gallon of Magnet

Like a packet of woodbine

Like a good pinch of snuff

Like a night out in Sheffield

Like a greasy chip butty

Oh Sheffield United

Come thrill me again,

Nah nah nah nah nah nah oooh!

Have you ever succumbed to a chip butty? Tell me about your experiences!

Karen1960 on November 20, 2012:

Lovely! Especially when the butter starts to run :-)

Nathan from Ontario Canada on October 21, 2012:

My wife is English and she loves these things. Personally don't see the appeal. To starchy for me.

Arthur Russ from England on July 17, 2012:

Yep, love them, although I am from the South West the best chip butty I had was when visiting Scotland. We occasionally make our own chip butty as a quick treat when settling down for an evening of TV.

Barbara from USA on March 23, 2012:

I've never had anything like this but I think I would like the chips not the sandwich. I like you lens, Angel Blessed!

Gala98 on March 16, 2012:

Love them! If we have takeaway, my Mum often pops in & pinches enough chips for her chip butty too :P

anonymous on January 30, 2012:

awww if only I could go to a local chippy for a chip butty, but alas living in South Carolina there is not such thing......have to make em miself

jenniferteacher1 on November 13, 2011:

I had a bite of my BF's while we were visiting his hometown. It was rich and delicious, and one bite was enough. :-)

JJNW from USA on August 17, 2011:

Totally new to me! I learned something new!

Susanne Iles from Canada on July 13, 2011:

I've been ever, ever so tempted because it just looks so evil (and yummy) but am not sure I am going to take the plunge. Maybe once...yes...maybe just for the greasy thrill of it all.

TravelingRae on July 12, 2011:

This one doesn't pass muster with me. I'm going to stick with the bacon version! :)

myshelle01 on July 12, 2011:

Every week,chip butties with tomato sauce for me

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on April 14, 2011:

I missed these on my first trip to England. Guess I need to plan another and include a good drinking session so I have reason to try a chip butty. Thanks for filling me in on this.

kt_glasses on January 12, 2011:

god, how many calories does this contain? I need to lose 10 pounds before piling up the courage to try one.

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Winter52 LM on September 08, 2010:

I wouldn't know what this was... then I married an Englishman! Apparently, they are quite common over there lol...

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on August 03, 2010:

I haven't heard of a chip butty before your lens. I would prefer to have some meat or veggies in the bread and the chips on the side. Of course, when I visit the UK I will certainly have to try a chip butty. Thank you for featuring the mustard vs ketchup debate. Have a great summer! :)

Indigo Janson from UK on July 22, 2010:

Oooh, a big greasy chip butty... it's the way the melted butter blends with the chips and soaks into the doughy bread... yum! Even worse for us than coconut ice, though, so I'm going to drool a bit over these descriptions and pictures, then try to put chip butties from my mind.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on July 21, 2010:

Never even heard of a chip butty, but looks like it's very popular in England. Fun to learn about a new taste treat! :)

LouiseKirkpatrick from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on July 20, 2010:

As a Brit I am very accustomed to the gloriousness that is a chip butty.

I like mine with a fried egg inside. Squihs down the bread and the yummy yolk runs out and it's deliciousness personified.

However, I am currently on a low carb diet as a lifetime of eating things like chip butties has made me rather lardy to say the least :)

I shall come back to this lens often though to dream... :D

Dianne Loomos on July 19, 2010:

I've never heard of a chip butty. Sounds quite interesting. Not sure I want to try one. I think I'll stick with poutine when I go to Canada. I think it's probably just as decadent and tastes wonderful!

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on July 18, 2010:

I think most Brits love chip butties. You are so right about the right way to make one. Thick, greasy chips, white sliced bread and butter.

I'm another one who hasn't eaten a chip butty for years and my arteries would probably solidify instantly if I was in the same room as one now. Blessed.

anonymous on July 18, 2010:

Oh, we have such a horrible sandwich here but it's made out of a baguette and without butter. We put whether meatballs or patties, etc.. plus fries, ketchup, mayonnaise, and we call it a "Mitraillette" (lit. machine gun)... Horrible but like chip butty, a sure success!

Great page here!

oztoo lm on July 18, 2010:

Ah the memories! Haven't had a chip butty in years. Might just have to make one for lunch. Great fun lens too.

Surfie LM on July 18, 2010:

I've never had - or heard of - a chip butty before. But I'm very tempted to make one now!

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