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Have You Ever Made a Crisp Sandwich? [Popular Irish Snack]

Ireland Melissa Serving a Plate of Tayto Crisp Sandwich

Looking for an easy-to-make and easy-to-take-to-work (or school) Irish snack (or lunch) to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with? We have the recipe right here for you — the Crisp Sandwich. While the sandwich is popular throughout the UK, the story goes that it was invented by Noreen O’Neill, an Irish mom with 18 children, in the 1960s

Crisp Sandwich Ingredients:

The recipe calls for 3 ingredients:

  • Crisps (Chips)
  • Butter
  • Bread

The Crisps

In Ireland, what Americans call chips are called crisps. It is said that the best (some say the only) crisps for a proper Crisp Sandwich are Tayto Cheese and Onion Crisps. Invented in 1954, the Cheese and Onion Tayto crisps were the first-ever Cheese and Onion flavored crisps in the world. I checked and they can be ordered on Amazon in the US*. The crisps are delicious. 

Chris raved about almost all of the crisps he tried in Ireland and how much better they were than the chips back home. His favorite brands were Tayto and Keogh’s. I’d have a stronger opinion, but when it comes to meeting my chip cravings, my crisp eating palette lacks the same level of experience and sophistication. I typically opt for things like Paleo puffs, BoomChickaPop popcorn, and organic hummus chips. 

The Butter

Kerrygold. Soft. Salted, or unsalted. That’s all there is to say about that. 

The Bread

According to our research, Brennan’s sliced soft white bread is the bread of choice. I think the American equivalent would be Wonder Classic White bread. While in Ireland, we noticed that a lot of brands offered their pre-packaged sliced bread by the half loaf. We loved this because it meant our bread was always nice and fresh.  

How to Make the Crisp Sandwich

  1. Generously butter one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Open one single-serving package of crisps, preferably the Tayto Sour Cream and Onion. Spread onto the buttered side of one slice. 
  3. Take the other slice of bread and place the buttered side down on top of the heaping pile of crisps. Smoosh a bit so it holds.   

There you have it. A sandwich fit for St. Patrick’s Day, requiring little to no effort!

Curious about other Irish snacks, eats, and sweets? Check out our Are We Americans Going to Like Irish Eats & Treats?  video. 

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