If we learned anything from LadyDoritoGate, it's that women hate dumping chip crumbs into their wide-open mouths. But maybe this has nothing to do with keeping up appearances; maybe these savvy women are saving the crumbs for clever, delicious uses.
Photo by Erin Stevenson O'Connor
I can't speak for all women, but I don't know that I've ever tossed the delicious crispy crumbs from a bag of chips. Why would I, when I could use them in one of the below applications?
- Bake them in cookies: Plain, kettle-cooked potato chips work best for this, the saltier, the better. Gently incorporate them into the batter, and bake as usual.
- Fold them in a Spanish tortilla: Though the original recipe uses whole chips, I don't see why your broken bits wouldn't work.
- Use them instead of bread crumbs: Anything you can crust with bread crumbs, you can crust with chip crumbs. Nacho Cheese Dorito chicken is quite good; just flour the meat, dip in beaten egg, and coat with pulverised chips of any flavour.
- Sprinkle them on a salad or a bowl of soup: They will add flavour and crunch to either one, and require no prep work, since they're already crushed.
- Top a casserole or macaroni and cheese with 'em: Every casserole needs a crunchy topping; add yours during the last five minutes or so of cooking so they don't burn.
- Put them in a sandwich: Do this especially if the sandwich you're eating is tuna or chicken salad. Those sandwiches often suffer from a lack of diverse texture, and bits of chips provide just that.
I have also been known to dump the dregs of one chip bag in some sour cream, then open a new bag and use the fresh chips to eat the "dip". It's like chain smoking, but with chips.
This is part of Eating Trash With Claire, a Lifehacker series where Claire Lower convinces you to transform your kitchen scraps into something edible and delicious.