As a vegetarian, I am always looking for innovative ways to make meals interesting, tasty, and nutritious for the whole family.
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.
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One person per sandwich
- 25g pack of crisps, any flavour
- 1 banana
- 2 slices of bread, white or brown
- knob (10g) 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 Guide
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 Guide
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.
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
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
Chocolate chip cookie
British English Vs American English: Food Names
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Arthur Russ
Your Views and Comments on Crispy Sandwiches
Arthur Russ (author) from England on June 16, 2017:
Thanks for all your feedback, comments and suggestions; all of which is greatly appreciated.
Kipli on February 05, 2015:
I have a daughter who is sick of saewidchns too! Wraps are always fun. We do yogurt, trail mix, cut up veggies with dressing for a dip (home made can be yummy and better for nutrition), fruit (we cut the apple in the morning and wrap a rubber band to hold it together without browning til lunch). Bento lunches are the "in" thing right now. You can look them up on google to find many different ideas.If you get a good thermos, you can send warm things and they should stay warm until lunch. Just heat up some leftover spaghetti in the morning and it should be warm come lunch- or any other food that you want.Good luck! Getting creative with lunch is not my forte. In fact, I have started letting (making) my kids make their own lunches. They seem to eat better when they get to decide what to eat.
resultplanet on May 31, 2013:
Ohhh. Now I'm Hungry... I like Banana Sandwich and it is crispy also.
Birthday Wishes from Here on May 16, 2013:
I want a crisp banana sandwich now... :-) Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful lens!!!
SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on May 15, 2013:
I haven't had a crisp sandwich in years, or a banana one come to that. The combination sounds great though I don't think I'd go for cheese and onion with banana.
piyush001 on May 14, 2013:
wow its so crispy..
i like it in my breakfast..
thanx for tips dear..
Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on May 13, 2013:
Now these crispy sandwiches are certainly interesting but not sure if would be trying to soon. A banana and peanut butter sandwich with chips on the side I might try. Great article!
tok2gman on May 13, 2013:
Perhaps this should be in the stand up comedy category! Not sure about food. Great entertainment value though. Thanks!
James Jordan from Burbank, CA on May 12, 2013:
Sorry to say but I think it is horrifying! Great lens on a completely unappetizing sandwich. That is what squidoo is so great for. We get to experience things never imagined!
my2165 on May 12, 2013:
Looks yummy, will try it out!
Therestlesssoul on May 12, 2013:
Worth trying at least once!!
Gardener Don on May 11, 2013:
If they taste as delicious as they look in your pics they'd be worth trying.
booyakanama on May 11, 2013:
Just tried it ( different chips though ). NOT bad at all !!
Mary Stephenson from California on May 10, 2013:
Bananas and peanut butter or even bananas and pimento cheese spread. But I think I will take my chips on the side, but then again I rarely eat chips.
Gaby81 on May 09, 2013:
I don`t like neither of them in sandwiches, but I use them for other recipes.
lewisgirl on May 08, 2013:
This is great! I am going to share with my oldest daughter. When she was about seven years old she would make herself potato chip and mayonnaise sandwiches. Which I thought were totally unappetizing.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 08, 2013:
I have not tried this yet. I just like banana in the smoothie but with chips , maybe.
shobhakhokhar on May 07, 2013:
I hate bananas but after reading this post i am thinking to try banana sandwiches..Hope i will like it.
Jogalog on May 07, 2013:
I love a crisp sandwich but not with banana. Crisps and cheese or banana and chocolate would be my choice!
Bartukas on May 07, 2013:
Thanks for the great idea,nice lens!
imagelist lm on May 07, 2013:
Thanks for the great info...
ConvenientCalendar on May 07, 2013:
loudshannon1299 on May 07, 2013:
thast sandwitch looks jank!!!!!! eeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
Connie Clyburn on May 06, 2013:
I love your creativity with this topic! The sandwich looks good -- and easy to make! Thanks for sharing.
Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on May 06, 2013:
I've never had a potato chip (or crisp) sandwich, but I can imagine them being quite tasty. When I was a kid, my mother (who came from Switzerland, the land of chocolate) used to make a chocolate sandwich by simple laying a bar of plain milk chocolate on a piece of white bread, and folding it over. Delicious!
pauline60 on May 05, 2013:
Noooo - what are you thinking! I love crisp sarnies and banana sarnies but not both in same one! Mind you I used to eat tomato sauce sandwiches when I was a kid so I've got no room to talk!
Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on May 04, 2013:
Hubby had a friend who enjoyed white bread sandwiches with butter, french fries, and potato chips.
Pinasheart on May 03, 2013:
I've never seen anyone do it with bananas. Very interesting. I'll have to try it sometime.
street2linen on May 03, 2013:
Oh my. What a taste this sandwich is! They both balance each other out!
Ikey4088 on May 03, 2013:
One of my fav's is Grated Mature Cheddar with Walkers Ready Salted Crisps and a dollop of Heinz Salad Cream - delicious.
mrdata on May 03, 2013:
Thanks for your delicious idea! I will try it :)
anonymous on May 02, 2013:
I do like chips in a sandwich for a little extra crisp and fast and do like banana sandwiches ....so you have created a whole new adventure for me....usually I have peanut butter on my banana sandwiches...that should be good with chips too I imagine....I have bananas but no chips on hand...something to look forward to! Congratulations on home page honors!
Thamisgith on May 02, 2013:
Haven't tried banana and crisps. However, I do love thick slabs of cheddar with cheese and onion crisps (Walkers for preference) in a sandwich. I might give the crisp & banana version a try this weekend.
Sara2901 on May 02, 2013:
Have never tried a sandwich like this before. Good to know
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on May 01, 2013:
I used to eat Sandwich Spread and potato chip sandwiches. Yum! I don't care for bananas any way but plain so will skip that sandwich. Great idea though.
Erin Mellor from Europe on May 01, 2013:
A poor second choice to the crisp and salad cream sandwich surely!
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on May 01, 2013:
This sounds different. I can picture the taste of the salty potato chips with the sweet banana. Sounds good.
Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on April 30, 2013:
I usually but a banana on a hot dog bun kids love it.
Karnel from Lower Mainland of BC on April 30, 2013:
We eat banana sandwiches but usually with peanut butter, haven't heard of using chips before. Thank you for teaching me something new today, my husband might enjoy this.
jayavi on March 21, 2013:
Two different tastes in one sandwich. Good for with evening tea.
Bill Armstrong from Valencia, California on March 11, 2013:
Hehehe I remember these sandwiches so well ;)