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potato chips: apply directly to the sandwich

do you do this?
as a kid, i would put potato chips on top of the tuna fish in my sandwich.
as a kid, DH would put potato chips on top of the chopped liver in his sandwich.
bread was then pushed down gently with palm until a satisfying crackle was heard.
(this is not the only reason we got married, but it's as good as any other.)
we try not to eat chips any more, but we were wondering how many others of you are out there still doing it.

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  1. if there's mayo on the sandwich the chips NEED to be right on it and the whole thing lightly mashed. that crackle is def. part of the enjoyment.

    iceburg lettuce is a healthier alternative, but not as fun.

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    1. re: hill food

      Amen! I have kept up this tradition since I've been a kid...a long, long, long time ago! Totally agree on the iceburg trick but nothing compares to a bologna sandwich with hellmans mayo, soft bread and the crunch of the chip. Just had dinner but could go for one now!!!!

    2. I've worked at a few deli sub shops while I was in college. We got a lot of unusual request and chips was one of them one of the guys from the motorcycle shop down the way prefered nacho cheese doritos on his pepperjack and turkey sub with extra chipotle mayo.

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      1. re: Sandwich_Sister

        That sub actually sounds really good! One of my favorite lunches if I happen to be running errands in or around Watertown is a Smokestack, a sub with smoked turkey, ham and gouda, topped with chipotle mayo, from the deli counter at Russo's. And a nice layer of nacho cheese Doritos sounds like it would be really tasty in there. I'll have to try it next time out.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          hehehe good. I figured the nacho cheese spice added a bit to the sandwich and the crunchiness of the doritos.

      2. as a kid, i went through exactly one summer as a picky eater, when all i would eat were wonderbread sandwiches with potato chips and/or cheese nips in the middle. my parents would never have indulged me in this since they were (and are) health nuts, but that was the summer i spent a lot of time visiting my grandmother in california, who could refuse children younger than the age of ten nothing. (she also let me watch every rerun of <<happy days>>!)

        i should try that again sometime to see if it's still good.

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        1. re: cimui

          Yes, guilty secret of mine. Love potato chips in sandwiches. The salt. The crunch.

          1. re: cimui

            "i should try that again sometime to see if it's still good." Which, the cheese nip sandwich or the reruns of Happy Days? ; ) Adam

            1. re: adamshoe

              good question. i bet the two probably enhance each other -- so both at the same time!

          2. Totally. I know a bunch of ppl who do this. I'm partial to chips on a pb&j myself.

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            1. re: gordeaux

              Pringles chips or cheetos (the crunchy kind) on pb& j....... yum!

              1. re: gordeaux

                thank goodness i'm not the only one!!!! luv chips and PB&J!

                1. re: gordeaux

                  Right on gordeaux, been doin' that myself since I was a wee lad!

                2. Potato chips *always* go on my burgers - does that count as a "sandwich"?

                  And they're always on the top, so they don't soak up the juices from the burger, but stick to the cheese that is on top of the burger and stay put. The only time they don't go directly on the burger is if I have bacon on top as well. :-)

                  1. Yes, did and do still on occasion, i.e., on microwaved White Castle burgers. Thought I was the only one.

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                    1. re: c oliver

                      (making note of the White Castle option)

                      1. re: hill food

                        Been craving WC's since our new SIL and I had (faux) heated exchanges about which are better, WC or Krystal. I grew up in ATL so eat either with great relish - oh, yeah, not relish, potato chips :)

                        1. re: c oliver

                          STL youth here so WC for me, although the distinction is slight.

                          it seems perverse, as part of the attraction of either is the utter lack of dental resistance...

                          same for a white bread, bologna and mayo sandwich I guess. will try next time I have the opp.

                    2. I did it alot as a child and still do when visiting IN and BBQ Grippos are available.

                      1. I always put sour cream and onion chips on my turkey sub. Gives it a flavor zing, and delicious crunch!

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                        1. re: sunangelmb

                          Even though I have never tried chips in a sandwich, that sound amazingly good. Now I have to go get some chips.

                        2. my mum used to make (south african) chicken curry and rice... and i used to crumble potato chips on top of that! i think it was to add a crunchy texture more than anything else.

                          1. Plain chips on peanut butter and jelly was mandatory when I was a kid. For that matter the rule still stands.

                            1. Hell yeah, I was doing this a week ago. I don't usually eat the kind of sandwiches that need crisps, but the work canteen was closed, leading me to require sandwiches and crisps.

                              1. I didn't know anyone else shared my dirty, secret habit! After secretly ferreting salt and vinegar chips into my tuna sandwiches as a kid, I am glad to know that there are others like me and I can finally come out of the proverbial closet!

                                1. I had a lobster salad sandwich with potato chips on top at a restaurant once and it was excellent . . .

                                  1. Alright now, I'm about to move this to the highest level. After a lifetime of doing this, if you want the ultimate crunch, you must use Wavy Lays. And you pick around til you find the flattest ones, unbroken and lay a single layer on your sandwich. Mmmmm.

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                                    1. re: c oliver

                                      can't endorse one over the other, but definitely not Pringle's.

                                      1. re: hill food

                                        the cheese pringles provide a delicate note of artifical cheesy good ness which is mellowed by the earthiness of the peanut butter yet a savory sidenote to the effervescent welch's grape jelly.

                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                          I defer to your judgment, personally it's the wrong crunch. artificial cheesy goodness is always welcome in junk food.

                                      2. re: c oliver

                                        Sorry - I'm a Ruffles gal myself.

                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                          Bite both your tongues. No ifs, ands or buts, it's gotta be Utz. (Rippled, to be even more specific.)

                                          1. re: charmedgirl

                                            I told you above ....... it HAS to be Wavy Lays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                            1. re: c oliver

                                              LOL! And this is why there are so many brands of potato chips out there!

                                      3. When I studied in England (decades ago), my friends raved about crisp butties. I thought they were joking but it's similar to a chip butty, only w/ potato chips..because chip butty is with french fries. Despite the same language, there was a communication barrier sometimes.

                                        1. Potato chips, no. Fritos, yes, mostly on ham and cheese sandwiches. Still do sometimes.

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                                          1. re: lisavf

                                            I used to eat Frito sandwiches, just mayo on white bread loaded up with Fritos...yum

                                          2. Love potato chips on sandwiches, particularly, but not limited to, tuna fish sandwiches (or anything with mayo). I have never put chips on a hamburger, but have been know to occasionally put fries on a hamburger.

                                            1. Good on fluffernutters, and good old pb & j's, too!!

                                              1. For me as kid it was bologna on white Sunbeam bread with yellow mustard and chips. Ripple chips were better than flat ones, but Mom didn't buy them that often. Occasionally I still get a craving and indulge...with ripple chips.

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                                                1. re: al b. darned

                                                  I loved Sunbeam Bread, sooo soft, I used to load up chips on Sweet Bologna & Cheese sandwiches. I also put chips on Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets and scoop up ice cream. Oh! the pleasures of childhood!

                                                  1. re: kpaumer

                                                    You don't do those things anymore?!? I do --- I just use better bread now :)

                                                2. An old favorite...in 2nd grad my friend Harry's mom always made him sandwuches with chips in them. I tried it and was hooked.
                                                  To this day, a sandwich of thinly sliced bologna or mortadella is utterlu inclomplete without some potato chips in there. I like to use the really crispy "Kettle" style chips.
                                                  Need sandwich.

                                                  1. It's Ruffles on Tuna fish sammies at the beach. Perfect meal/dining experience. Oh yeah...and a rootbeer float on the drive home.

                                                    1. Who hasn't ever had a good chip-wich? Great roadtrip food.

                                                      Perhaps more exotic, has anyone ever had patato chip cookies with smashed up Lays inside. I have a friend with a recipe and they're surprisingly delish.

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                                                      1. re: TarquinWinot

                                                        Potato chip cookies are so good! I have many recipes for those. Potato chip crumbs coated on chicken is also very good.

                                                      2. Adds some great crunch to a turkey sandwich. My standby at barbeques, if there's no veggie burgers available, is american cheese and potato chips on a bun. Yum. Back in middle school I used to eat cream cheese and Cheetos sandwiches, but I haven't tasted that in years.

                                                        1. One of my old favorites was potato chips (Humpty Dumpty preferably) on squishy white bread and real mayo. I may have to revisit that to see if it plays as an adult.

                                                          1. I made one of these today :)

                                                            Ham and mustard fail-wich, layered with Walkers salt and vinegar.

                                                            1. Did anyone else read the title of this thread and think of Ally Sheedy's character in The Breakfast Club making a sandwich out of white bread, Pixie Stix (remember those?!), and Cap'n Crunch?

                                                              Just me? Oh well...

                                                              I always did want to try that.

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                                                              1. re: WTBD

                                                                You're not alone in that mental imaging, WTBD. Second thing to come to mind when I read it, after thinking of the ham/swiss/frito sandwich I'd had for lunch the other day ;-)

                                                              2. I'm so loving this thread. Especially because there's a pompous, snobby poster on a different board who, of course, dresses better than anyone, has the best table manners, drinks the most expensive wines. It's like a breath of fresh air to come here and read 46 replies that either do or will partake of this true taste sensation. You're all invited to my house for dinner. BYOPC, of course :)

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                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                  who says you can't eat a potato chip sandwich using a knife and fork (european style, of course), while drinking a 2005 chateau margaux? ;)

                                                                  1. re: cimui

                                                                    Ooh, ya caught me :) Too funny. Life is too short; gotta have more Wavy Lays and eat fried chicken with a knife and fork (American style).

                                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                                      "eat fried chicken with a knife and fork (American style)

                                                                      my great-aunt from upstate New York would, but even Judith Martin gives a nod to using fingers in the right context. (in the absence of proper tongs how else does one eat asparagus anyway?) I eat pizza with knife and fork unless on the street. it's never wrong to use utensils, just a little silly sometimes.

                                                                      trim the crusts and load the salty baked/fried carbs in my sandwich.

                                                                      1. re: hill food

                                                                        I really must invent special tongs for eating potato chips.

                                                                        1. re: cimui


                                                                          Regarding eating with/without implements, my mom used to berate me for walking out of the house with a sandwich - walking and eating. she also insisted that I use a knife and fork for a hamburger (with bun) and pizza.

                                                                          I just do whatever is logical. I have no qualms at all using my fingers in a fancy restaurant if I'm having trouble using whatever implements. Spagetti of course is better with cutlery ^__^

                                                                          1. re: Soop

                                                                            of course you mean the spoon to twirl the spaghetti with the fork :)

                                                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                                                woah there. i was thinking more along the lines of "the claw" -- but in sterling silver and engraved with the family crest.

                                                                                but i guess you could have sterling silver tweezers and roach clips, too, with a very small engraving of the family crest.

                                                                                1. re: cimui

                                                                                  I believe Tiffany's carries a selection.

                                                                                  back on topic I just remembered Michel Richard puts house made potato chips (tuiles actually) on his $16 burger at Central in DC.

                                                                                  1. re: cimui

                                                                                    Family crest? I think I'll go for the Lays trademark.

                                                                    2. Wow - I had totally forgotten about doing this! I used to put corn chips on tuna fish sandwiches all the time growing up. It was delicious - I think the extra salt from the chips goes well with tunafish and the crunch balances out the mayo. Thanks for the reminder!


                                                                      1. HELL YEAH!!!! Plain Lay's Potato Chips on my PB, hold the J.

                                                                        1. Egg salad sandwich with Ketchup Chips are glorious.

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                                                                          1. re: szmeterling

                                                                            I LOVE egg salad sandwiches but never thought about chips on them. Ketchup Chips? Never heard of those.

                                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                                              Yeah, it's really strange... my boyfriend is American and hasn't really heard of Ketchup chips... maybe it's an American thing? That is if, in fact, you are American.

                                                                              1. re: Hassley

                                                                                I live in N. Calif. which SOME people would consider perhaps another PLANET but never heard of them. Heading to S. Calif. next week. Maybe THOSE people have them :)

                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                  Nope, ketchup chips are primarily a Canadian thing. I only know two US companies that make ketchup chips, Herr's (PA) and Wachusetts (MA), and sadly, Wachusetts only makes them in the tiny deli-size bags.

                                                                                  You can buy Herr's ketchup chips here in Boston like once a year, if that, and it's dangerous when they're around, because I can eat an entire large bag of them standing at the kitchen counter.

                                                                                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                    what the heck did happen to regional chips? a few brands remain, but I hear from Southern friends they were delivered like milk (back when even they delivered). like Sunangelmb remembers below.

                                                                              2. re: c oliver

                                                                                Not exactly chips, but I actually bought these Glenny's American Fries Ketchup things thinking that my kids would love them. They hated them! I have to admit they were kind of weird!


                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                  Oh wow. Ketchup chips are a total flashback for me. I used to always dip my chips in ketchup, then as a child my family discvered charlie's chips. They used to deliver chips in big tins right to your house. Lo, and behold they carried ketchup chips. My hamburgers were finally happy, and complete. I miss Charlie Chips. Wonder if they are still around?

                                                                                  1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                    We used to get them as well! And yes - they are still around!


                                                                                    1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                      I remember the chips in big tins!!! My folks used to get BON TON ships this way (a regional Pennsylvania brand...great chips too, and they are still around as far as I know).
                                                                                      Charles Chips were great too. Have had them as recently as 10 years ago, but now that you mention it, I haven't seen them around lately.

                                                                                2. At most family bbqs my Mom likes to put potato chips/nacho chips out with the rest of the meal. Of course, hamburgers are delicious, chips are delicious... so why not put them together? I used to do this all the time... and if the opportunity arises I still do! (I prefer chips of the flavoured variety) =)