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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.

          Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

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

            1. make your own pita chips? cut in half (so you have two circles - not two semi circles), spray with butter spray, or spread with margarine, or use real butter - which ever you prefer. shake any and all combos of dried herbs/spices on them. for some crazy reason, the dill ones that mom used to make were the best. use pizza cutter to cut in long strips - or triangles and bake in oh, say 400 or 450, until slightly brown and crispy. cool on rack. pack in tupperware.

              other fave flaves were sesame, anything with chili powder, try garlic powder too...

              1. Side of hummus and/or babaganoush with Passport Everything Crackers (sold many places in the bay area). You can also cut up a selection of vegetables (bell pepper, carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, etc.) and let people dip those as well.

                A hummus recipe: http://www.chowhound.com/boards/gener...

                Link: http://taylorsmarket.com/passportflat...

                1. How about Asian shrimp chips instead of Potato chips. They're unique and crunchy abd they are readily available in most grocery stores nowadays. As for the side of veggies just go with veggie strips with hummus or babaganoush.

                  1. I don't know if this is too difficult for a picnic, but good, crusty bread with dukkah and olive oil is great. I don't know if it's too complicated to bring dishes of olive oil and plates of dukkah. Dukkah is an Egyptian (and elsewhere) spice mix (dip bread in oo and then in dukkah)made of ground hazelnuts, spices, sesame seeds, etc. You can Google it. I'll post a recipe if you're interested.

                    1. It is renkon (lotus root) season in Japan. Slice thinly against the grain for the beautiful lattice shapes. Deep fry and salt. Can also do this with gobo (burdock root).

                      Your menu looks lovely!

                      1. I like the popcorn idea below a lot.

                        You can make several batches, each with their own spices.

                        Everyone loves popcorn.

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                        1. re: Tugboat
                          Jonathan Saw

                          Not true... many people, including myself hate popcorn (although we're admittedly in the minority) :-)

                          But the corn idea is great. What about cancha (sp?) which look like Cornuts and are crispy but taste much better?

                          For the veggie side, what about Mexican corn, corn on the cob with chili powder, cotija cheese, (I'm missing something like crema or mayo but can't remember it specificlaly). These are GREAT especially if you put them on a stick.

                        2. You might think about adding an assortment of different kinds of olives, stuffed peppers, dolmades, etc. from a place like Tower Market or Whole Foods.

                          For a crisp alternative to potato chips, you can offer pita chips (I like Stacy's brand, available at Costco) or pretzels or those flatbreads that are topped with all sorts of seeds, garlic, onion, etc. -- I've seen them at TJ's and good grocery stores -- I think that one brand is JJ's New York Flatbreads -- they also make bagel chips, another alternative to potato chips.