Authors Gina and Karol Daly are Ireland’s favourite slimming Instagram home-cooks. Describing their approach as to cooking as ‘bold food made healthy’, their Instagram accounts are a genuine reflection of a happy life with the kitchen and food at its centre. Here they can be seen cooking up a storm and encouraging others to try the recipes they have devised and to love their food and life while still losing weight and smashing #familygoals and #couplegoals!
The Dishes’ food is anything but what you would expect from slimming food, and now their cookbook looks set to be one of the surprise hits of the year. Sections like Dishy Dinners, Ask Me Airfryer, Savage Snacks and Saucy Sauces (and, yes, the recipe for that cheese sauce!) offer the holy grail of slimming – eat the food you love and slim at the same time.
If you’re not already following them, do so now (@thedalydish, @mister.dish). Stuck at home along with the rest of the country for the next few weeks, they’ll continue to cook up a storm and have family fun in the kitchen, sharing recipe inspiration daily. Enjoy a mid-week fake-away and tuck into Karol’s ’Durty fries with Cheese Sauce’. Watch out for more, as for the next week on our blog and social channels we will be sharing a recipe a day that you can indulge in and have fun cooking at home.
Loaded fries, you cannot and will not go wrong. Gina and myself used to have a thing for garlic and cheese fries, it was our fave treat to get after a night out or if we were getting a takeaway. This is my healthier (and tastier) version. These are epic served alone or as a side, although they are filling enough to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Get ready to get durty!
Makes 2 portions
2 portions Perfect Chips
Low-calorie spray oil
1 onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
20g jalapeños from a jar
50g mixed grated Cheddar and mozzarella
150ml curry sauce
1 - Prepare Gina’s Perfect Chips recipe. While they’re cooking, spray a pan with oil and throw your onion on, cooking until translucent.
2 - Get your fries, dish up into two bowls and lightly season with salt and pepper. Throw over the onions, jalapeños and cheese, dividing equally between both portions.
3 - Place under a medium grill for around 5 minutes to allow the cheese to melt. Once melted, pour your curry sauce over the top and enjoy.
This simple and easy method will give you the crispiest and tastiest chips every time. I always get asked how I make my chips look so nice and, honestly, it’s so easy – if I can do it, you can too!
Low-calorie spray oil
1 - Wash and peel your spuds and cut into chips. I like mine chunky but do them the way you like, whether it’s wedges or skinnier French fries.
2 - Pop them in a microwave-safe bowl and give them a good rinse under the tap, then drain ALL the water off; this is very important.
3 - Pop them in the microwave and cook on full power for 12–13 minutes (less if making a smaller batch), giving them a good shake halfway through. You want them to be soft to the touch, but not mushy. Don’t worry if they stick, this is just the starch; you can rinse them again in cold water after microwaving and this will unstick them.
4 - At this point you can season with paprika or garlic granules, but I like mine plain and simple.
5 - Next pop them into the airfryer at 200°C. It will take roughly 15–20 minutes to get them nice and golden, but pay attention to my special trick:
6 - Every 5 minutes I open the basket and give the chips a little spray with my oil and a good shake. This ensures they all cook evenly and end up super crispy from the oil. If I’m cooking for a gang and I have to make a few batches, I leave the made ones in a bowl and just as my last batch is ready I throw them all back in together to heat them up (just make sure you don’t keep eating them while you are waiting, ’cause, trust me, they are feckin’ delicious!).
Simple, sexy and goes with everything. A great way to jazz up your loaded fries , burgers, actually pretty much anything on your plate. You won’t get over how easy it is to make! You’ll see this pop up again and again in my recipes – it’s so versatile
3 light cheese singles, torn
1 - I get a little pot and pop in my cheese singles and the water. Put the pot over a medium heat on the hob and let the cheese begin to melt and break down. Keep stirring and mixing it with the water. Don’t panic if it starts to look a bit scrambled – that’s all part of the process.
2 - Once it’s melted it should become nice and smooth and, depending on your taste, you can add a little extra water to make it more pourable.
Alternative serving suggestion
You can change this up into a rocking nacho cheese sauce by stirring through some chopped jalapeños, 1 teaspoon of hot sauce, and 2 tablespoons of the pickle juice the jalapeños came in.