Do you dig comfort foods like loaded potato skins or loaded baked potatoes? If so, then you might be intrigued to know that the Loaded Potato Pancake is a thing that exists. I discovered this decadent fried delight when I visited Junior’s Restaurant in Times Square with my friend Jamie last week for a post-theater snack, and I was blown away by its extreme tastiness. Seriously; I am going to be talking about it for the rest of my life.
If you are not fortunate enough to live near a Junior’s, and you would like to try and emulate the Loaded Potato Pancake at home, here is what I believe you must do. First, make a huge potato pancake with shredded potato and onions, and fry it until it is golden and crisp. For your potato pancake to taste as insanely delish as Junior’s, the onions will need to get very crispy, so that they add a sweet crunch when you bit into it. Next, top the pancake with a generous portion of cheddar cheese (guideline: there is no such thing as too much cheese), and, if needed, melt the cheese with a brief pass under a broiler. After that, you can sprinkle the cheesey goodness with crispy bacon, and top with a dollop sour cream and fresh chives. Et Voilà! Enjoy!
The most exciting thing about being a fan of Bacon is that, just when you think every possible way to consume Bacon has been presented, someone does something new and mind blowing with the meat candy of foods, and the love affair is reborn! Like, who thinks of wrapping Oreo cookies in Bacon and frying them up in a pan? I want to meet the person who invited Fried Bacon-Wrapped Oreos, and shake his or her hand.
Do you like to snack? I sure do. Among my favorite things to snack on are crunchy roasted nuts and dried fruit mixed together: no granola, no candy, just fruit and nuts. But it seems like Fruit and Nut Mix snacks are so all over the place these days, they don’t even grab my interest anymore. Nothing was really standing out from the pack and screaming, “You can stop your search! This is the greatest fruit-and-nut-mix snack ever!”
Then something fortuitous happened. I had picked up a bag of Sahale Crunchers Fruit and Almond Snack at the Summer Fancy Food Show back in early July, and one day I threw it in my bag and brought it into the office so I could snack on it. Because snacking at work is fun and breaks up the tedium of the day! I admit it looked pretty good from the photo on the packaging, and when I noticed it also had sesame seeds in the mix I got super excited, because sesame seeds are my thing.
When I poured a bit of the Sahale Crunchers onto a paper plate to begin the snacking process, this is what it looked like:
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That looks delicious, amiright? You can see that Sahale Crunchers is made up of roasted, halved and slivered almonds and sweet dried cranberries that are lightly coated with just enough honey to get the sesame seeds to cling to the mix and give it a clustering affect. The mix has also been lightly salted, so that the sweet-and salty-combo taste thrill is in play. Seriously, this is the most delicious snack of its kind I have ever tasted. I shared a small handful with my boss and then I ate the rest by myself. Because it was simply too delicious to share!
Sahale Snacks makes all kinds of good things to eat and you should check them out now by visiting them on the web at This Link!
Do you like chips? I sure do. One kind of chip I really enjoy is the Sweet Potato Chip, because they are so very delicious. I confess that when I see a bag or bowl of Terra Chips at a party, I hover around it and pick out all of the Sweet Potato Chips for myself. Because that is how I roll. I believe that is was at the recent Summer Fancy Food Show where I picked up a sample bag of One Potato Two Potato brand Sweet Potato Chips, and subsequently fell in love with this tasty and all natural snack.
In the above photo you can see these awesome Sweet Potato Chips, all crispy and delightful to the tongue, as they accompany a yummy Cheeseburger made by me for a meal I ate at home last Friday. I love these Chips!
Find out more about One Potato Two Potato Snacks at This Link!
When I was a kid, Granola Bars – which, seriously, were just being introduced at that time – tasted like molasses covered particle board. Eventually, those dry, jaw cracking “treats” became “chewy granola bars” and continued to metamorphose until something that was supposed to be “healthy” and “natural” looked and tasted remarkably similar to a candy bar, with some rolled oats thrown in. Epic Fail!
You may recall that a few weeks back, Enjoy Life Foods shipped us a huge box of their snacks and today we are going to tell you about one of our new favorites, Cherry Cobbler Soft Baked Bars. I am a big fan of Cherry Pie or just about anything containing that fruit. What I loved instantly about the Cherry Cobbler variety of these bars is how each one is really packed with chewy dried cherries as well as other yummy stuff such as crisped rice and dried apples. They are so good, and only 140 calories each!
These Decadent Bars (as they are also called on the box) are great for a quick on-the-go breakfast, a snack anytime, or a fun dessert. Look how I put ice cream on one for a fancy treat:
Enjoy Life Soft Baked Bars come in three other tempting flavors (I have a box of each still waiting to be enjoyed), including: S’mores, Chocolate SunButter® (Sunflower Seed Butter) and Cinnamon Bun. Each bar is topped with a sweet icing drizzle which complements the flavor. All bars are gluten-free and free from the top 8 allergens. Learn more about Enjoy Life Soft Baked Bars and their other tasty foods — plus get money saving coupons toward your purchase — at This Link!
When it comes to salty snacks, I’m more of a chip fan than a cracker lover. The only downside of chips is that sometimes they are too fragile to bear the weight of the heartier dips, such as hummus or even a thick sour cream dip. And chips that break off in the dip bowl can be a drag.
If you you have tasted Lentil Chips before, then you know they are pretty delicious, and also very light and crispy while maintaining the desired dip-sturdiness. I was recently introduced to Mediterranean Snacks brand Baked Lentil Chips, in the Fiery Tomato flavor variety, and became a big fan. I enjoyed these chips the other night as side accompaniment to some leftover Indian food and not only did the spicy tomato and lentil flavors compliment the cuisine, but the chips were strong enough to use to scoop up little bites of food, which was kind of fun.
Beside tasting super yummy, Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips are a healthier snack alternative, being 70% lower in fat than potato chips, high in fiber and gluten free. I like the way the Fiery Tomato ignites a sweet and tangy fire in your mouth, but they also come in four other delicious-sounding flavors including Cucumber Dill, Cracked Pepper, Parmesan Garlic and Rosemary. So, you know, choose your weapon.
You can find out more about the many other varieties of Mediterranean Snack Foods and download a coupon for $1.00 Off any of their fine snack products at their website by clicking HERE, and find a store in your area that sells these delicious products at This Link.
Debuting on store shelves just a few days ago, Kettle Brand Chips has re-launched four of their retired flavors for a limited time to celebrate the company’s 30 years of making kettle-cooked potato chips. Christened as the Limited Batch Birthday Collection, the flavors include Red Chili, Jalapeno Jack, Salsa with Mesquite and Cheddar Beer – a bag of which I just polished off last night. If you like spicy foods and flavored chips, this collection of crispy, crunchy snacks is going to be your thing.
Kettle was kind enough to ship me a bag of each of the four returning flavors and I can report that the Cheddar Beer variety (first introduced as a fan pick in 2005 ) – while light on the promised malty beer flavor – is a Cheese lover’s delight. These sturdy chips explode with the taste tangy sharp cheddar cheese and pair perfectly paired with a juicy Burger. Kettle’s Red Chili chips first appeared in 1982, offering the flavor of Sriracha sauce combined with a vinegar tang and Cayenne pepper for extra heat. Jalapeño Jack took the stage in 1989 and brings a Jack cheese base mixed with the spice of red and green peppers and a strong jalapeño flavor. Salsa with Mesquite appeared in 1999 and features tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic and lime. These chips are the perfect addition to any summer picnic, BBQ or buffet, though I have no problem eating them right out of the bag accompanied by a frosty beer or margarita!
The Limited Batch Birthday Collection launched in August 2012 and will be available for about a year before they disappear from shelves next summer. The four flavors come in 5-ounce bags retailing for $2.79 and are available at Whole Foods and other markets as well as online at BuyKettleChips.Com.
According to Neatorama, this is the snack everyone will be eating during the Super Bowl next week, or whenever it is. Football is not my thing, but if you have a Super Bowl party and make these Chicken Wing Cupcakes, I will come to your house and eat them with you.