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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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