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Oct 6, 2005 01:10 PM

alternative to potato chips for picnic party - finger friendly

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Hi there,

I'm needing inspiration for something crunchy/carb-y to round out a picnic lunch for a b-day Sunday and watch the Blue Angels at Marina Green in SF. I'm shooting for the satisfaction of crunchy chips but something more fun/unique/different. Also something that doesn't need a fork, so potato or rice salads are out. Also should I add a veggie side, too? Any ideas??

I clearly need something to round this menu out!

Here's the menu:

** pressed sandwich wedges: two types 1. pepper salami, pastrami, brie, basil leaves, roasted red pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar 2. humboldt fog on crusty round walnut bread, pressed, cut in wedges, and individually wrapped

** fried breast of chicken chunks on skewers with apricot-jalapeno dipping sauce

** b-day cake: slice of moist lemon pound cake topped with fresh berries and mixture of fresh whipped cream and crumbled meringue cookies

**beverages: wine, beer, cans of juice, water

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  1. what about terra chips! they're colorful and flavorful! the mixed bag or just plain taro chips are my fave.

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    1. re: emiloo

      I second these - Terra chips are great and you can find them at Trader Joe's. How about carrot sticks and jicama will a little chile, lime and salt..

    2. Pita chips... officially on my do not buy list from Trader Joes... they are SO good! :)


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      1. re: Dommy!

        LOVE the TJs pita chips!!!!!

      2. how about popcorn?
        you could make some with chile, some just salted . . .

        looking at your list I was dying for a green salad, but that's a fork thing . . .

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        1. re: pitu

          Could use whole hearts of romaine leaves or endive with tabbouleh or just thick dressing to drizzle on...

        2. Well, these aren't really carby, but very satisfying...cheese crisps aka frico. Linked a recipe below to give you an idea, although I've never used this recipe before. If it were me, I'd probably do one w/ parmesan and another w/ sharp cheddar. Can be made up to 3 days ahead too.


          1. You could make your own thick cut sweet potato chips. That's veggie and a chip.