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Crisp Banana Sandwich
Potato Chip Sandwiches in American
The term 'Crisps' in this recipe is in British English (Chips in American English).
Recipe Ideas for Crisp Sandwiches
For a quick snack crisp sandwiches (potato chip sandwiches in America) are easy to make and, as shown in this recipe with bananas, can include other ingredients to taste. If you like crisps then you'll love crisp sandwiches which are easy to make for a quick snack any time of day or night. The crisp banana sandwich is ideal for a couch potato snack, quickly made during the adverts, when watching your favourite TV programmes; or as a quick light lunch if you don't fancy a main meal that day.
A crisp and banana sandwich is a simple crisp sandwich with an added banana. It makes a very fruity sandwich with a strong banana flavour followed by a very satisfying crispy texture from the crisps mingled with the more subtle and soft taste and texture from the butter and bread.
It's not a particularly healthy sandwich so should be made as an occasional treat rather than a regular snack; although for a healthier sandwich snack you could turn it on its head and (by leaving out the crisps) just have a healthier banana sandwich.
- Prep time: 2 min
- Ready in: 2 min
- Yields: One person per sandwich
- Packet of crisps (any flavour)
- 1 banana
- 2 slices of bread
- Knob of butter or margarine
- Thickly spread two slices of bread with butter or margarine; the margarine helps to adhere some of the crisps to the bread so although you could use just a smear more generous spread of margarine on the bread does make for a better sandwich.
- Peel and slice or dice the banana and evenly place it across one slice of bread.
- Tip a small packet of crisps onto the other slice of bread.
- Flip the bread with the banana onto of the slice with the crisps.
- Push firmly down to break the crisps up and to make the sandwich firmer and cut into quarters.
Crisp and Banana Sandwich - Step By Step Visual GuideClick thumbnail to view full-size
Potential confusion between British English and American English:
- Crisps in British English are Chips (potato chips) American English, and
- Chips in British English are Fries (French Fries) in American English.
For clarity, all references to crisps and chips in this article are in British English.
If you’re feeling peckish then crisp sandwiches, being easy and quick to make, is great for a tasty and an occasional snack to fill a gap; provided you’re not on a diet, and provided it doesn’t ruin your appetite for you main meal later.
Although a crisp sandwich isn’t an healthy snack, and should only be an occasional treat, when buttering the bread to make the sandwich you can improve the health content slightly by using margarine rather than butter.
I do like an occasional crisp sandwich as tasty snack, usually one or twice a year, as a change to just a packet of crisps when I’m feeling a bit peckish and crisps on their own wouldn’t quite fill the gap. On these occasions I usually just have the crisps on their own sandwiched between two pieces of buttered bread as a quick and tasty snack. Although you can add all sorts of other ingredients to your crisp sandwiches including bananas (as described above), cheese and/or tomato or even just a drop of tomato sauce with your crisps; or a wide variety of ingredients, limited only by your imagination.
The photos below show in a few simple steps the making of a crisp sandwich, other potato recipes of mine on HubPages include the famous British Chip Butty (in American Fries). I also cover recipes for variations on mashed potatoes, baked potatoes and baked stuffed potatoes, including quick methods for making oven baked potatoes and roast potatoes.
Crisp Sandwich - Step By Step Visual GuideClick thumbnail to view full-size
Do You Scrub or Peel Your Potatoes?
As a potato lover it was interesting looking at these gadgets. I don’t generally peel potatoes these days as part of healthier eating e.g. for the vitamins and roughage in the skins. I prefer to scrub my potatoes, so something like the potato scrubber would certainly be most useful to me; although I’d love to give the potato peeler a try.
Currently I use a scouring sponge which does the job, I should imagine that this is easier; as the reviews would suggest and being tougher than the scouring sponge will probably last longer. Either way, scrubbing potatoes rather than just washing and peeling them is important for me in that cooking the potatoes with their skins adds much needed roughage (fibre) to the diet.
I’ve never tried a device like this but it’s popular with hundreds of good reviews. If I had a need to peel potatoes this kitchen gadget looks cool, and fun. I did have an automated potato peeler once, years ago, but not like this one. It was a large drum to fit about 2lbs. of potatoes at a time. I haven’t seen one advertised since but It had rough edges around the interior (just like sandpaper) which quickly scoured the skins off by you just turning a handle rapidly for about a minute. It used to be great fun, and did an excellent job. That was in the days before I started to cook potatoes in their skins for a healthier diet.
A crisp sandwich, or a crisp and banana sandwich, is tasty; although there is no harm in experimenting with the ingredients e.g. adding crisps to some of your favourite sandwich fillings, such as tomatoes, salad, or cheese etc.
Obviously some combinations are going to work for you, while others are not; it’s all a matter of taste.
Crisp Sandwich Taste Test
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Making Your Own Crisps
It’s not difficult to make your own crisps, but generally as crisps are cheap to buy there isn’t much point unless you want to make them healthier (less salt), and your own taste e.g. seasoned with your favourite herbs and spices.
If however you do fancy making your own crisps then it can be done by following these simple steps:-
- Peel and wash the potatoes; one medium sized potato per portion.
- Thinly slice each potato.
- Soak them in cold clean water to get rid of the excess starch.
- Let the sliced potatoes dry before cooking; but don’t leave them exposed to the air for too long, otherwise they’ll quickly blacken as the uncooked potato reacts with the oxygen in the atmosphere.
- Preheat the cooking oil.
- Pop the sliced potatoes into the boiling fat, and
- Cook them until they are golden brown and crisp; occasionally shaking the basket to stop individual slices from sticking together so that all slices brown when cooked.
- When cooked, lay them out on the surface and lightly shake them with your favourite herbs or spices.
Easy Homemade Potato Crisps
I don’t make my own crisps because they are cheap to buy. Normally I just make traditional chips (fries in American). However, when the only potatoes left in our veg rack are just small potatoes (which would make pathetically short chips) I then make potato scallops instead.
Potato scallops are just very thick crisps (chips in American) e.g. about a quarter of an inch to half and inch thick, which I cook and serve just like ordinary chips.
However, as shown in the video below, potato scallops can also be baked in the oven to make a very tasty potato pie.
How to Make Scalloped Potato Pie
American vs British English
It can get confusing at times, not only when America uses different words for the same thing, but also when the same words have different meanings, as shown in this food language chart below:-
American vs British Food Words
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