While it might sound counterintuitive to encourage mashed potatoes to embrace their crunchier side, adding a bit of texture can not only impact presentation but also upgrade the most basic recipes. The trick is to smash the potato chips before stirring them into your cooked mashed mixture, instructs America’s Test Kitchen. Then, enlist the help of a food processor or set about grinding the potato chips by hand — rolling pins work well, or you can carefully place the chips into a sealed bag and let out some of the day’s frustrations.
If you’re having guests over, consider setting out bowls of crushed potato chips “toppings,” so each diner can choose their flavor enhancer: salt and vinegar, BBQ, or sour cream and onion. In fact, for all the lovers of this tuber out there, you can even have a potato theme night and serve chips with smoked salmon or caviar. The snacking options are endless — don’t be afraid to experiment!