Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pretzel Crisps: our delicious discovery

While on an intense hunt for new snack ideas, a friend recommended we try Pretzel Crisps, mini pretzel-crackers available in a variety of flavors. Apparently it was time for us to rethink the pretzel.

We still love large, doughy, salt-covered pretzels, but Pretzel Crisps let us focus on the best part - the crunchy and flavorful pretzel exterior. It always reminds us of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine has a million dollar idea to sell only the best part of the muffin, the top! Their business failed because they couldn't figure out where to ditch the bottoms. Luckily, Pretzel Crisps solved this riddle by figuring out how to capture that that great pretzel flavor in a crisp (instead of painstakingly peeling pretzels just to sell the crust).

Over the past couple weeks we've tried nearly every flavor of Pretzel Crisps on the market and come up with a lot of great pairing ideas. In fact, we've had so many pairing ideas that we're making this a series, so stay tuned! For our first installment, we're breaking open bags of deli style crisps - Original, Sesame and Everything.

Below are our first 4 pairing ideas for Pretzel Crisps, but feel free to fire up the the FoodPair Recipe Search Engine and enter your favorite ingredients to get recipes customized to your tastes.

The New York Breakfast
Turn the Sesame Pretzel Crisp into a Smoked Salmon appetizer.
Ingredients: Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Tomato, Red Onion, English Cucumber, Caper, Lemon Juice

Hot Pastrami, Swiss and Mustard
Turn the Plain Crisp into a Reuben with pastrami, swiss and mustard.
Ingredients: Swiss Cheese, Dijon Mustard, Corned Beef

Open-Face Ham and Brie Sandwiches
Pair the Everything Crisp with brie, ham and a touch of cranberry.
Ingredients: Ham, Brie, Baby Spinach, Cranberry Sauce

Turkey with Apple and Walnut-Herb Mayo
Top any Crisp with fresh turkey, sliced apple and a compound mayo.
Ingredients: Turkey, Mayo, Walnuts, Fresh or Dried Herbs, Green Apple, Dijon Mustard

All this talk of Pretzel Crisps with unique toppings is making us hungry. Good thing it's snack time somewhere!

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