I saw this on FamilySearch – Fish and Chips Recipe – FamilySearch November 23, 2019: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/fish-and-chips-recipe/.
Whether you call it “Fish and Chips,” “Finger Chips and Fish,” or simply “Fish Fry,” very few culinary traditions are more British than a combination of battered and fried fish accompanied by thick crispy fried potatoes. This favorite takeaway food has been borrowed and adapted in countries all around the world.
Where Did Fish and Chips Come From?
Potatoes were part of British diets for generations, especially for poorer classes, but oddly enough, the combination of fried potatoes and fish may have been an accident. The chip may have been introduced as a substitute for fish when no fish could be had, and inventive housewives cut potatoes into fishy shapes and fried them in lard or beef drippings to provide a filling meal for hungry families.