Re-entering the world after a long weekend is hard—hard like realizing you've overslept, like thinking it's Friday even though it's only Wednesday, like the last days of summer vacation when you're 10. You probably ate potato chips all weekend, like I did, at cookouts or while you stood barefoot in the kitchen of a friend, waiting for them to finish making your G&T. Potato chips are a small thing, but they are also no small thing—and they can help smooth the transition from glimpse-of-summer to Tuesday. Grab the leftovers, if there are any, and munch them all week:
- Put them in your sandwiches. (This is a must. C'mon.)
- Burgers, too.
- Crush them up and mix them into a buttery cookie dough. Or let this be the higher purpose of the crumby shards at the bottom of the bag. Dare you to put them in other cookie recipes, too!
- Empty a bag onto a baking sheet, douse with a blue cheese sauce, broil, and eat for dinner.
- Or put them in a frittata or tortilla! J. Kenji López-Alt did.
- Fold pieces of chips (along with marshmallows and peanut butter) into melted chocolate. Freeze. Cut into wedges and eat just like that.
- Crush up and use as a crust for a pie—maybe this Atlantic Beach Pie.
- Or add to Rocky Road.
- We bet they'd work in these speedy chocolate-peanut butter bars, too, in place of saltine crackers. Let us know if you try it.
- Sprinkle crumbs generously over roasted vegetables, breadcrumb-style.
We originally ran this piece on May 30, 2016—but we're bringing it back because there are bound to be some crumbs leftover post-Labor Day picnic.
How do you use up the bits at the bottom of the bag (besides just tipping them straight back down the gullet)? Share your ideas in the comments.