Snacks for Supper! 30+ Fun Recipes That Turn Snack Foods Into Meals

Add a little out-of-the-bag thinking to your favorite packaged snacks and you've got dozens of recipes for fun desserts, party food, and more.

By Perri O. Blumberg with additional reporting by Rachel Hofstetter
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    Desserts

    Ice Cream Sandwich Snaps: Top pretzels with a heaping teaspoon of your favorite ice cream and sandwich with another pretzel.

    Cracklin' Cookies: Fold a cup of crushed potato chips into chocolate chip cookie dough for a sweet-and-salty combo.

    Chocolate Ice Cream Pretzel Pops:
    Use an ice cube tray and fill cubes a quarter of the way with crushed pretzels mixed with melted chocolate – insert toothpick or popsicle stick and freeze. Top remaining portion of the cubes with chocolate ice-cream and re-freeze until firm.

     

    Desserts

    S'moresels: Place a marshmallow and a piece of a chocolate bar over a chip or flat pretzel square, top with another and microwave for 10-20 seconds.
     
    Graham Cracker Coated Bananas: Dip frozen bananas in chocolate and roll in broken up graham crackers.

    Fruit Crunch-Ups: Slice apples, pears or bananas and dip in caramel or peanut butter. Roll in crushed pretzels or crushed potato chips for a savory-sweet treat.

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    Hazelnut Pretzel-ini: Make a chocolatey pretzel sandwich by layering a hazelnut spread (like Nutella) between two pretzels.

    Pancake Pretzel Roll-Ups
    : Spread pancakes with hazelnut spread, sprinkle with crushed pretzels and roll up for a pancake wrap.

    Crunchified Cobbler: Take sweet flavors, like cinnamon sugar chips, (or sprinkle on plain ones) and use as a topping for berry cobbler or coffee cake.

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    Chip Pops: Dip chips in ice cream topped with sprinkles and freeze until firm.

    Sweetwich: Make a granola chip sandwich by alternating chips with layers of peanut butter, sliced fruit and chocolate chips.

    Crunch Cream: Skip spending extra money on fancy flavors; customize plain flavors like chocolate or vanilla by mixing in granola chips.


    Fun Appetizers

    Grilled Pretz-wich: Cover a pretzel with a cube of cheddar cheese, microwave to melt and top with another one for a savory grilled cheese pretzel sandwich.

    Crusty Crabcakes: Mix finely crushed pretzels (sourdough crumbles are a good pick) with crab meat, eggs, mayonnaise and seafood seasoning. Fry, bake or broil.

    Flip Dip:  Reverse this party appetizer standard and add finely crushed veggie or tortilla chips to your favorite creamy dip and serve with crudités.

     

     
     

    Breakfasts

    Chipola Parfait: Revamp your morning yogurt + granola + fruit trio with granola chips.

    Crispy Scrambled Eggs
    : Toss chip fragments into scrambled eggs while cooking or fold into an omelet.

    Grape-Nutties Roll two tablespoons of almond or peanut butter in a coating of crumbled granola chips (or try cereals like Grape-Nuts) and serve the mounds over a bed of fresh fruit.

    Dinner Dishes

    Loaded Tortilla-Free Nachos  For spin on regular nachos, layer kettle-cooked chips (They're thick enough to hold up under melted cheese) with cheese, refried beans, shredded chicken and whatever toppings you like for crunchy, corn-free nachos.

    Crunch-loaf
    : Swap out bread crumbs for crushed chips in savory flavors (think: barbecue, maple bacon, ranch) for a flavor-boost in meatloaf or hamburger patties. To add body and filling fiber to burgers or meatloaf, try folding in crumbled whole grain crackers

    Crispy Lentil Chip Crusted Chicken:  Instead of breadcrumbs, crush a bag of lentil chips and use it to bread chicken for a healthy protein and fiber-filled alternative. Dip chicken cutlets in egg and drop them into chips and bake. For a Latin flair, use tortilla chips (preferably pulverized in a food processor, but hand-crumbling works) to bread chicken or even veggies like onions and zucchini.



    Dinner Dishes

    Casserole Crunch: Garnish mac 'n’ cheese or another casserole dish with crushed potato chips. Or to liven up regular pastas with cheese sauces mash up cheddar bunnies or white chieddar popcorn as a fun garnish. You can also amp up the texture of baked beans by sprinkling in some chips.

    Chipcrusted Quiche: Put your favorite chips in a Ziploc bag and roll over with a rolling pin several times. Line your pie tin with the mixture before pouring in quiche batter and cooking as normal.

    Tempura Makeover:  Use mashed up chips to coat your favorite meat or veggies. Dip in eggs, then roll in chip crumbs and bake for 35-40 minutes on 375 degrees or until coating is crispy (and juices run clear if using meat).

    Easy Sides

    Pretzelized Beer Bread: Break pretzel sticks into small pieces, press them into the top of bread dough  for a crunchy coating on classic beer bread.

    Munchable Meatballs
    : Pulse chips in a food processor until fine (or mash up by hand) and fold into meatballs before baking.

    Sweeter Sweet Potatoes: Combine crushed sweet potato chips with butter and brown sugar and sprinkle over a baked regular or sweet potato.

    Easy Sides

    Mushroom Magic: Add crushed whole grain crackers to your typical mixture for stuffed mushrooms for added whole grain nutrition and a more satisfying dish.

    Tomato Toppers: For a twist on the typical sea salt and tomato combo, top sliced tomatoes with crushed saltine crackers and a splash of balsamic.

    Better Brie: Line a bowl of baked brie with a crust of chips for a crunchy-smooth texture.

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    Condiments

    Create-a-Condiment: Pulse multigrain or seeded crackers (like sesame or poppy) in a food processor until fine, and combine with your favorite sandwich spread like spicy mustard, pesto, hot sauce or hummus.

    Dorito Dust: Smash a handful of chips, stuff into a clean pepper mill, and grind away onto everything from mac and cheese to broccoli.

    Elevated Olive Oil
    : Infuse a bottle of olive oil with your favorite flavored chips (salt & vinegar flavored chips work great) all crunched up, and use in salad dressings or in marinades.

    Drinks

    Chippy Mary: Use flavors like Jalapeño or Spicy Thai to rim a Bloody Mary instead of salt. Wet the glass rim with lime and roll in chips.

    Munchy Martini: Rim the glass of a chocolate martini with crumbled up graham crackers or Oreo bits.

    Fibered-up Smoothie:
    Add a whole grain or flaxseed-based cracker to a healthy shake for an added boost of filling fiber and a richer consistency.

    Sources: Snyder's of Hanover, Corazonas,Snikiddy,Janice Stahl, ALDI Food Stylist, Willamette Valley Granola Company, Annie's Homegrown, ips All Natural, Laurel House/popchips!, Kettle Brand Chips, Lance Snacks, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Lance Snacks, Mediterranean Snacks (Baked Lentil Chips)  Onion Crunch,Food Network Magazine, Momofuku Milk Bar, foodbeast.com

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