Upscale Potato Chips by Bridget

I don't normally think of potato chips as being something I would serve for company. There are even jokes about the seven-course Irish meal- a six pack of beer and a bag of potato chips! Not that chips don't have their place- chips and dip are a great game-day or poker night snack. My sister-in-law makes a dip for chips that is legendary in our family and it can make cream cheese and a bag of chips disappear faster than David Copperfield can get rid of a 747. Potato chips, when crushed can be a great crust for oven-baked or fried foods (try crushed salt and vinegar chips on fish!)

So if you had told me that there could be a simple appetizer that you would be proud to serve at a cocktail party, I am not sure I would have believed it, yet my daughter Bridget made me a believer. These little morsels use the chip as the canvas for a topping of lime-laced sour cream, smoked salmon and chives. Amazing! Bridget threw these together as a snack at the beach and they were an instant hit (see the empty space on. Give them a try yourself - you won't be sorry. And I am throwing in the Dowd family recipe for the chip dip that is part of any casual Dowd gathering.

Bridget's Highbrow Potato Chip Appetizers

20-30 potato chips (ripple or kettle chips work best)
1 cup light sour cream
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
2 ounces smoked salmon, chopped

Mix the lime juice with the sour cream. Put a dollop on each chip and top with smoked salmon and sprinkle chives on top. Serve and get out of the way!!

Dowd Family Famous Chip Dip

8 oz cream or neufchatel cheese
garlic salt
Worcestershire sauce
2-3 tablespoons milk

Soften cream cheese and stir in worcestershire sauce and milk to achieve creamy consistency. Add garlic salt to taste.

Potato Chips


Anonymous said…


Emily said…
My family has a famous chip dip, too. Though we've never made our own chips!
Deborah Dowd said…
coloredgrains- What can be bad about this, right?

Emily - I think chips and dip are as American as apple pie, and it seems everyone has their favorite!
I like the Potato chips appetizer. It's good for health and child's like the most.
reiko said…
These look great! I'm usually not a big potato chips eater, but I'd definitely enjoy these!!
Kristen said…
I'd never thought of using potato chips as a base to build on like that. What a cool idea. You don't even need a container of dip, because it's already on the chip!
Deborah Dowd said…
Restaurant and Bar-Thanks and they'd be great as pub food!

Reiko - I am not a big chip eater either, but I make an exception for these!

Kristen - I know what you mean- Bridget is really creative that way!
Rick said…
I could serve those at a fancy smancy party!
Chips = Goodness!
I love the way we're making gourmet versions of casual foods and casual versions of gourmet foods!
Deborah Dowd said…
Rick- You are so right,it is fancy enough to look like you went to some trouble but not so fancy it is intimidating!

Asia Correspondent - You are so right until you get on the scale!

Susan - It's always good to mix it up!
Sherri said…
I love potato chips and never would think to serve them as part of an appetizer. I love the combination of ingredients and with the salt of the chip with the salmon it really sounds like it would be great.
Anonymous said…
Hi Deborah!

Those chips with the salmon look fantastic!!


PS: Thanks for the Duke's mayo pointer!!
Glenna said…
They both sound awesome!!! I could see the salmon appetizer working--the salt and crunch would be fabulous, especially with kettle chips. yum!
Abundance Yeah said…
This is a great idea. check out
Carolyn said…
I'd eat almost anything with smoked salmon on it, so I bet these were great!
megcjones said…
wow, what a creative idea! looks delicious :)
Fat Bastard said…
But how yummy are they.
christine said…
Hi Deborah! great Dowd Family Famous Chip Dip. I'll definitely try this. If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!