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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

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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!

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