A crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, grilled cheese with cast iron potato chips. No frying, oil, or butter needed. This classic sandwich and chip combo is comforting, low-fat and under 300 calories for the whole meal.
I’m the only person I know that wasn’t even aware putting chips in your sandwiches was a thing. Never did I think, during any of my face stuffing sessions, to slip them in my sandwich. Honestly, the thought never crossed my mind. I’m jealous of all of you out there that had this genius inclination to add a chip (or handful of chips) into the sandwich mix.
“Holy yum Batman!”
Once enlightened to the idea of this classic school lunch time practice I could only say “Holy yum Batman!” It adds a salty crunch that once you add to your sandwich you can’t go back. Every sandwich after that, sans chip, is left lacking. Even the sound of biting into a chip stacked sandwich makes the corners of my mouth tilt with a grin because I know the secret now.
I’m officially part of the chip club!
Now that I’m in on this little chip in the sandwich secret I put the two together when ever I can. Why have a lonely grilled cheese when you can have a happy marriage of grilled cheese with cast iron potato chips. Any old bagged potato chip could be added, and I certainly would if pressed for time, but making my cast iron chips are super easy and ten times better for you.
Getting the chips perfectly crispy, without using any oil, is a snap with the help of my cast iron skillet. All I need is a little cooking spray and my potatoes cut as thin as humanly possible. Then I lay them out in my heated pan, let them cook a few minutes per side till they are golden and crispy, and hit those babies with some salt. I love to use sea salt!
The Grilled Cheese with cast iron potato chips
Now these crunchy chips need their partner in crime to create the happy pairing. Much like I did in my baked peanut butter stuffed french toast, utilizing lower calorie products keeps my grilled cheese on the lighter side. I used 40 calorie per slice bread as well as 30 calorie a slice fat-free american cheese to give me all the taste I normally would get, for a fraction of the calories. I also never butter my bread. Instead cooking spray gives me that toasty crunch that the butter would as well as keeping it from sticking to the pan. This brings the sandwich to a measly 140 calories leaving me room to have two sandwiches, if I so wish. (Which I almost always do)
Its your standard grilled cheese making process from here. First put a piece of cheese on half of the bread.
Add a layer of chips if you want.
Then add more cheese.
Close them up and plop in a hot skillet sprayed with cooking spray.
Flip those bad boys and revel at that beautiful golden crispness!
Enjoy your Grilled cheese with cast iron potato chips separately, together or both.
Either way you’ll be in cheesy, crunchy, comfort food paradise.
- 2 large potatoes
- cooking spray
- salt and pepper to taste
- low- calorie bread
- 4 slices of fat- free American cheese
- Cut the potatoes with a mandolin or by hand as thin as you can get them.
- Heat a cast iron skillet (a non stick or any other skillet can be used) to medium high heat and spray it with non-stick cooking spray.
- Lay as many potatoes slices that will fit in the bottom of the skillet, season with salt and pepper
- cook 1-2minutes per side or till golden brown. Set the cooked potatoes aside.
- Repeat with more potatoes making sure to re-spray your pan each time, until they are all cooked.
- While the potatoes are cooking assemble your sandwiches:
- Take two of the bread slices and lay one piece of cheese on each. Layer a few of your cooked potato chips, if desired, then the other slices of cheese, and top with the remaining bread.
- When the chips are all cooked re-spray your pan once again and put your assembled sandwiches in.
- Cook 1-2minutes per side or till the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
I guess before my chip in the sandwich revelation I was a boring, non creative eater. My mind wasn’t adventurous enough yet to think of such bold and daring combinations. I have definitely seen much stranger things put between bread however . Growing up I had a friend that ate Bologna and butter sandwiches everyday for lunch. Sooooo unappealing to me but she loved it (I wonder if she still does this)
What odd sandwich combos have you tried?
Are you a part of the chip in the sandwich club?