We had crispy potato chips (not french fries) made by a catering service. They arrived already a bit on the soft side, and on the next day they are quite soft and mushy. I don't like wasting food, so I am looking for ideas on how to turn them into a meal.

My first idea is to bake them, maybe with sauce like a gratin or casserole.

Any other ideas?

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    How much of these chips do you have? Are they commercially bagged? Or were they made by the catering service?
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 3:13
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    I've updated the question to make clear it's crispy chips, not french fries. They were never bagged and I have a lot of them.
    – Robert
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 17:39
  • Oooh. Fried scalloped potatoes in cheese. I think your gratin idea is the direction I would go personally.
    – Preston
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 19:11

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Crush them and use them as a breading for deep fried meat.


If they're British-style chips (which Americans call "French fries"), you could just refry them; they should crisp right back up.

  • Could also crush them, add an egg (or not) and a pinch of pepper and make hash browns.
    – jsanc623
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 15:25
  • I think that would work fine for crisps (American chips) too. They also might be fine crisped up in the oven, especially if served while still warm.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 18:24

What you can do with the potato chips (crisps) likely depends on how they've been cooked and how heavily seasoned they are. You'll likely want to leave out any salt from later recipes that you might try to make.

My first thought is much in line with your idea of a casserole, as I would be to try to make a potato kugel. The difference in available starch might give it a less than ideal texture, but if it works, it'd be a way to use up a lot of potatoes quickly.

My second thought would be to make something similar to a tortilla de patatas. You typically fry the potatos first, and then add the hot potatoes to beaten egg so it'll temper slightly, then pour the mix into a pan to cook ... which means cold potatoes might not work. Instead, we might look to a similar italian dish that uses leftovers (although it's leftover pasta, not potatoes). It goes by the name of Pizza di Spaghetti or Frittata di Spaghetti; you heat the leftovers in your pan, then pour an egg mixture over top. You may have to chop the chips up so the eggs can trickle through the potatoes. You either cook and flip, or slide the whole pan into the oven to let it set.

As you can add just about anything to fritatas, if you have a lot of potatoes to use up, it's nice that you can saute up other vegetables to add, or cooked meat (sausage or ham would be traditional, but might bring too much salt; you'll have to experiment)

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