2011/12/15

Crumbling up the pieces... (FFwD: Potato Chip Tortilla)

...or what to do with that half eaten bag of potato chips.


Ironically, the day I made this tortilla, I was feeling a little bit like the crumbled up, crushed chips.

Sometimes, life leaves you that way, doesn't?


But I think the key is: don't throw away those crumbled up pieces - figure out how to turn them into something better. 

You just have to jump in there and make it so - perhaps easier said than done.  But totally doable...


Sometimes, good things happen when everything is all scrambled up...



This potato chip tortilla served as part of a Sunday brunch menu.  After becoming friends with bacon & some toast, that is....

I used both green onion & a regular onion for flavoring.  Somehow, I didn't have any herbs in the house. (It probably had something to do with not going grocery shopping for almost two weeks.  Uh, yeah.  That was probably the reason). 

My only major thought on this dish was that somehow I expected the potato chips to impart a higher level of seasoning (translated: salt) into the dish, so I under seasoned it a bit.  If I ever make it to a "do-over" on this one, I would be a little more aggressive in my seasonings. 




This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. Stop by & check out every one's potat-egg-tastic creations.

28 comments:

  1. I'm skipping out on this one until some future date when I'm feeling slimmer. I'm surprised that the chips didn't impart saltiness. I'll keep that in mind for whenever I get around to this one.

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  2. I wasn't thrilled with this one....wasn't bad, just wasn't great either. We both thought it was a little bland - and that was with the fresh herbs! PS - loved the pork buns - they looked amazing!

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  3. That looks really good. I've ducked out of FFwD (at least for now), but I still enjoy seeing what everyone's up to.

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  4. I was a little surprised by the lack of saltiness too. This one wasn't a big hit at my house.

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  5. lol ... I also said something in my post about the absence of saltiness. I even used super salty chips (and I also added onion). I thought it was okay - not spectacular but probably equal to the amount of effort put into it.

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  6. Cher...hope you are feeling better now *hugs:) with so many Doristas to cheer you up :) Mine was just nice coz my chips was flavored hot and spicy,so I just added a pinch of salt to it and the taste was good :) yours looks good :) Merry Xmas to you and family. Have a swell Xmas !

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  7. Hope you are feeling better, sometimes we all have those days. Heck, sometimes we all have those weeks/months/years. Hope yours was just a day.

    Sorry to hear that your tortilla was a little bland. I actually enjoyed this one, but with all those chips, it's not one which is likely to be repeated.

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  8. Cher, after making this, you could see that those crumbled, crushed pieces of chips turned out into something beautiful that tasted really good....and I hope that same analogy plays out whenever you have any troubles in your life too :). I'm sending you over some positives vibes to cheer you up, girl!

    As for the tortilla, try making it with fresh herbs and flavored chips next time and see if it makes a difference. I did, and mine was yummy!

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  9. Wise words Cher! I think we all feel like a crumpled up bag of chips at times! Lol! But I guess it's what you do with the crumbs that really matters! And potato chip tortilla is a great way to transform crumbs into something pretty cool!
    I too left out the herbs (for the exact same reasons!)
    And I agree about the salt!

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  10. True. I thought the sour cream would come out from my chips, but I had to add sour cream on the side as a garnish. Your tortilla looks delicious!

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  11. I hope you are feeling much better now, Cher. I've had many days like that myself lately. I salvaged some herbs left in my garden after freezing temps the past few nights otherwise there would have been none in my tortilla as well. This is a great recipe to use those bits of crushed chips that are left in the bag. Your tortilla looks like it set nicely. I love the crispy crust that cooking it in a cast iron skillet gives it.

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  12. I agree about the salt. I really expected the potato chips to add more. Yours looks really good though!

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  13. I came to the same conclusion! A little bland...but at least it was easy :)

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  14. I had the same issue with flavoring. I'd actually made this once before (perhaps a leftover bag of chips and not much else in the house?). Don't know that it's something I'd make often, but a fun little recipe.

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  15. Under-seasoning seems to be the recurring theme this week. I almost went for the low-sodium chips while shopping but glad I didn't. What you wrote about crumbled pieces reminded me of a quote I came across yesterday:

    If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.

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  16. Sometimes life does indeed leave us feeling crushed and crumbled! I had the same issue with salt.

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  17. Hope you're feeling whole again. We enjoyed this one, and I thought it was a bonus to have a tasty way to use up leftover chips.

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  18. I didn't think it was the most exciting end product, but I am excited to try it with some different additions. I hope you're feeling back to your old self soon.

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  19. Did it leaving you feeling like you should have just popped open the bag and ate them the way God intended? Me too. I didn't even want to write about it. lol..

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  20. I agree on the seasonin. i put in à little salt afterwards. But I love the yours looks good.

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  21. Cher, I felt the same way about the flavor...I didn't add enough salt for the same reason. Your tortilla looks perfect!

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  22. Like you and everyone else, I thought this was under-seasoned. I was worried about my palate, since I used cayenne, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, as well as the fresh herbs, but I guess I'll stop worrying.

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  23. Your tortilla looks fab. I agree that the recipe calls for a little more seasoning.

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  24. I like your used up potato chip analogy and I think most of us can relate right now in the all of the preparation for the holidays-- at least I can! :) This dish looks delicious but it seems like everyone thought the same thing about the blandness-- it's a neat concept though to use the potato chips. Leave it to Dorie!

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  25. First time here..Glad I reached here..Following you right away...This looks delicious.…Totally yummy..Thanks for sharing it dear…Should try it soon…If you have time do check my blog too…

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  26. Agreed that it needed a little something more. Cute post!

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