Deb Hall wrote:Do you think it would be okay to use thick chips that are a bit stale- I'd love to have a use for these- Deb
Deb- It's a great way to use up stale chips, or the little bits that always end up in the bottom of the bag. Actually, there's tons of ways to use stale chips and those little broken pieces.
My #1 favorite is to crush them up into crumbs and use them to make crusts for deep frying fish or chicken or veal. Just dip in flour (+ a little salt & pepper), then egg wash, then the chip crumbs and pan fry.
All kindsa other stuff: toss them into soups or stews to give them body, especially soups that will ultimately get a round in the blender before serving. You can stretch meatloaf with them (I wouldn't use them in place of bread crumbs, rather, in addition to). I love potato pizza, you can rehydrate chips with the tomato sauce you are using on your pie, or if you prefer the more traditional potato pizza w/o tomato sauce, just use a little milk. Another favorite thing is to crumble them up into some chorizo when cooking it off and have chorizo and potato tacos (again, if you want, add a little beer or stock when cooking up the chips and chorizo if you'd rather they be tender than crunchy). If you don't have a ton of chips you can make an awesome hot dog topping out of them: 1 part mayonnaise, 1 part spicy mustard, 3 parts potato chip crumbs + some chopped scallions. Mix it up and slather it on a dog. Good to go.