Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Taste from Home with Frito-Lay: Southern Style Review and Giveaway, CLOSED!


There is something very special about being a Southern girl -- Georgia born and bred.

We grow up with amazing foods down here: Hoppin' John, Fried Okra, Grits and Red-eye Gravy, Crawfish, Bar-B-Que, Hot buttered Biscuits, Sweet iced tea...(Great. Now I'm hungry.)

There are always things that take you "back home". Food is probably at the top of the list.

For me, it's hamburgers. Yes, burgers! My Pop and Nan always had a grill in our backyard. In the summer, their 8 kids (me included) and numerous grandkids (and great-grand kids) made a bee-line for the beach and there were people all over our house!

Burgers were ALWAYS on the menu and I can't tell you how many bags of Lay's Potato Chips got devoured each summer! (Or the number of potato chip sandwiches we made!)

When Frito-Lay asked me to share their new regional Chip flavours, I jumped at the chance. When asked to share the recipe that really takes me home, I was even more happy to participate!

These new chips were inspired by popular American Regional Cuisine and include:

**Northeastern U.S. – Lay’s Honey Mustard
**Midwestern U.S. – Lay’s Creamy Garden Ranch
**Northwestern U.S. – Lay’s Balsamic Sweet Onion
**Southwestern U.S. – Lay’s Chipotle Ranch
**Southeastern U.S. – Lay’s Cajun Herb and Spice

All of the Lay’s Regional Flavored potato chips are made with all natural ingredients, and are cooked in healthier oils so they contain 0 grams of trans fats per serving! There’s also less sodium in them than you might think – a 1-oz serving of our Lay’s Regional Flavored potato chips contains less salt than a plain bagel!

The two new Southeastern-inspired flavours are Cajun Herb and Spice and Tangy Carolina BBQ! WOW! Those are two flavours... two aromas... that really take me back to happy memories.

I wanted to share a recipe with you that brought me back to the island where I grew up and lived for almost all of my life.

This is my Pop's burger recipe. He was a wonderful Southern Gentleman and he could really cook!

Pop's Burgers

2 pounds ground chuck
1 small red onion, diced fine
1 small jalapeno, seeded, de-veined, and diced fine
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 cup crushed Lays Chips (I like using the new Cajun Herb and Spice)
2 eggs

Combine ALL ingredients thoroughly in a glass bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (For a milder burger forego the jalapeno).
Form mixture into palm-sized balls and flatten slightly (don't mash them)

Place on grill for about 5 minutes each side for a medium-well burger.
Serve on a good sturdy bun such as an onion roll. Enjoy!

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sweepmom said...

I don't see any rules so I am going to say I would like to try the Cajun Herb and Spice and hope that this is what you wanted.




Rebecca said...

I'd like to try the Cajun Herb and Spice chips.

rebecca.nvcl (at)

Helen Keeler said...

I want to try the Lay’s Honey Mustard.

sherylssg said...

I'd like to try the Northwestern Balsamic Sweet Onion.

sflickinger at rocketmail dot com

*LLL with Leslie* said...

chipotle ranch sounds really good! my family likes both flavors.

livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

*LLL with Leslie* said...

one of my favorite recipes...

Easy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes


1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
1 onion chopped
1-2 cups vegetables - chopped carrots, corn, peas
1 1/2 - 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice


1 Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).

2 While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan.

3 Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to try the Midwestern Creamy Ranch Flavor!

maddiegilliland AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, a local recipe...

My sister makes an apple pie that is to die for!

Light, flaky crust and cinnamon apple slices.

If you're interested in the whole recipe let me know (my email/Facebook is in the entry forms under Maddie Gilliland)

My sister has won first place at the county fair for it. Yum!

maddiegilliland AT gmail DOT com

Alison F said...

I'd like to try the Cajun Herb & Spice. Alison F

Alison F said...

Cajun Herbs & Spice sounds good!

jenspurg said...

Cajun Herbs and spices sounds good!

Trinity's Journey... said...

Carolina BBQ!
Amber Vanwinkle

lbellomy said...

Balsamic sweet onion. It sounds so unique.

lecaton at gmail dot com

littlepurpleroom said...

I'd like to try the Chipotle. I have been on a chipotle kick for years. I chop them up and add them to mayo for ALL sandwiches and burgers.

littlepurpleroom58 at yahoo dot com

littlepurpleroom said...

Here is a super easy recipe using chips.

Preheat oven to 400

Cut up a chicken.
Skin that chicken.
Wash those pieces.

Stir some ( about 3/4 cup) mayo in a bowl with garlic powder, onion powder and whatever else you like in the way of seasonings. I hardly ever measure, I'm an eyeballer.

On a plate have you some smashed up potao chips. About 1 1/2 cups more or less.

Take them chicken pieces and coat with the mayo, then roll in the crumbs. Place on baking sheet 35-40 minutes.

littlepurpleroom58 at

puye said...

I'd love to try the Midwestern Creamy Ranch Flavor. Because I always like ranch flavor

Crissy said...

I would like to try the Lay’s Balsamic Sweet Onion

Crissy said...

Pittsburgh Style Sandwich

10 strips frozen French fried potatoes
2 slices Italian bread
5 slices deli cooked roast beef
2 slices provolone cheese
2 slices tomato
1/4 cup prepared coleslaw


Preheat oven and prepare french fries according to package instructions.
Layer Italian bread with roast beef, provolone cheese, tomato, coleslaw, and freshly cooked fries. Serve immediately.

I found the recipe at

katscorner said...

The chips I would most like to try is Northwestern U.S. – Lay’s Balsamic Sweet Onionthe sounds so good and I love onion flavored in other items

katscorner said...

these sound so good I hope they come out in my area

shirley said...

I would like to try the Lay’s Honey Mustard Chips,

shirley said...

We like -
HB meat
drained tomatoes
choped oniom
TB spoon mustard
small bag chips
mix cook enjoy

BowieTip said...

'Cause I enjoy a Southwestern hispanic theme, I'd enjoy trying Lay's new Chipotle Ranch Chips. That served with plenty of cold Mexican beer. Ole!

Kia89 said...

I would like to try the Lay’s Cajun Herb & Spice because I like spicy foods.

Tamara B. said...

I would like to try their Garden Toamto & Basil flavor because I love the taste of basil.

NightHawk said...

I would choose the Garden Tomato and Basil. My wfe got e hooked on that flavor.

East Texas Buttermilk Pie
1 (9-inch) pie shell, baked
3 rounded tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Nutmeg, to taste
Cinnamon, to taste

Mix flour, sugar and salt; add to butter. Add eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix and pour into pie shell; sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes. Test with knife. It should come out clean when pie is done.

Amanda said...

The Creamy Garden Ranch is the one I wanna try!

Raven In A Blue Room said...

I'd love to try the Honey Mustard

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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PAIGE said...

I'd like to try the Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Soup. Mmmmm

john said...

Sundried Tomato Cream Soup sounds interesting

crystletellerday said...

honey mustard

Anonymous said...

Love to try Balsamic sweet onion reminds me of my dad's dip!

momznite said...

I'd like to try the Balsamic Sweet Onion chips because I like sweet/salty combinations.

kygirl said...

I would like to try the honey mustard because it is my favorite dipping flavor

Julie said...

I'd like to try tangy carolina bbq.

Julie said...

Enchiladas Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

A note about the tortillas. The corn tortillas must be softened before they are rolled and baked in the casserole. Frying them gently in a little oil greatly enhances the flavor of the tortillas.

Grapeseed oil (or another high smoke-point oil such as peanut or canola oil)
12 corn tortillas
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 cup of salsa (Mild prepared salsa or make your own using cooked or canned tomatoes, roasted green chiles, onions, cilantro, oil and vinegar. Do not use salsa made with fresh, uncooked tomatoes for this dish.)
3 Tbsp of tomato paste
1 cup water
1 cup of canned crushed tomatoes (preferably fire roasted)
Olive oil
1 lb of jack cheese, mild cheddar or longhorn or any mild yellow cheese, grated
A handful of cilantro
1 cup of sour cream
Half a head of iceberg lettuce


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2 In a large fry pan at medium-high heat add 3 Tbsp of grapeseed oil. Add a tortilla to the pan. Cook for 2-3 seconds, lift up the tortilla with a spatula, add another tortilla underneath. Cook for 2-3 seconds, lift again, both tortillas, and add another tortilla underneath. Repeat the process with all the tortillas, adding a little more oil if needed. This way you can brown and soften the tortillas without using a lot of fat. You do this process to develop the flavor of the tortillas. As the tortillas brown a little, remove from the pan one by one to rest on a paper towel, which absorbs any excess fat.

2 Sauté up the chopped onion and garlic, then turn off the heat. Add 1 cup of salsa. Dissolve 3 Tbsp of tomato paste into 1 cup of water, add to pan. Add 1 cup of crushed fire roasted canned tomatoes. Taste. If the sauce tastes too vinegary, add a teaspoon of sugar.

3 Put some olive oil on the bottom of a large casserole pan. Take a tortilla, cover 2/3 of it lightly with the shredded cheese, then roll up the tortilla and place it in the casserole pan. Continue until all tortillas are filled and rolled. Add sauce to the top of the tortillas in the the casserole pan. Make sure all are covered with the sauce. If not, add a little water. Cover the whole thing with the rest of the grated cheese. Put the casserole in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese melts.

4 Garnish with cilantro and sour cream. Serve with sliced iceberg lettuce that has been dressed only with vinegar and salt. See Perfect Guacamole for a great guacamole avocado side di

scat413 said...

I want to try the creamy garden ranch.
2 8 oz pkgs cream cheese
2 small cans chili with no beans
1 lb lean ground beef, cooked
1 bag TOSTITOS® Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips, coarsely crushed
12 oz bag shredded cheddar and/or Monterey Jack cheese
1 jar TOSTITOS® All Natural Salsa (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To assemble, spread cream cheese evenly in a lightly greased 9”x13” baking pan. Layer chili, cooked ground beef, half of the shredded cheese, crushed TOSTITOS® Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips and the remainder of the shredded cheese in the order given. Bake uncovered for approximately, 15–20 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately with TOSTITOS® All Natural Salsa on the side, if desired.

Helen said...

I would love to try the Midwestern U.S. – Lay’s Creamy Garden Ranch
helldog3 at

Helen said...

my grandma use to fry up biscuits in butter for us and put cinnamon and sugar in a brown paper lunch bag. She would let us shake our own biscuits in the cinnamon and sugar. They were so good.
helldog3 at

Allison said...

I would love to try the honey mustard chips!

kitraz13 at hotmail dot com

polly said...

the creamy garden ranch sounds pretty good!

Priscilla Benavides said...

Lay’s Chipotle Ranch

Priscilla Benavides said...

Pico de Gallo (salsa)

2 cups of tomato
1/4 cup of onion
1/4 cup of cilantro
2 tablespoons lime
2 serrano peppers

great on tortilla chips!

katklaw777 said...

I would like to try their Garden Tomato & Basil flavor.

katklaw777 said...

Chicago Style Hot Dog...
Good all beef hot dog(I like Vienna brand)
poppy seeded bun
tomato wedges
long slice of dill pickle
celery salt

Anonymous said...

creamy garden ranch

jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

Kristen said...

Sweet Onion sounds good...I'd put them on top of a tuna noodle casserole.

LAMusing said...

I want to try Tangy Carolina BBQ

LAMusing said...

recipe Greek yogurt breakfast
1 cup thick greek yogurt - plain
walnuts or pistachios
mix and eat :)

jlafount said...

Lay’s Honey Mustard because I enjoy the taste of mustard

chichijunk said...

would love the Northwestern Balsamic Sweet Onion because my kids are afraid of onions and I would get the whole bag to myself!
chichijunk at cs dot com

chichijunk said...

One tea bag, add boiling water.
steep for a minute, remove bag, add honey & lemon.
I drink this because it is cold where i live in winters

MRWriter said...

I'd like to try the Balsamic Sweet Onion in the Northwestern region.


MRWriter said...

Chicken Fried Steak for Texans!


4 (1/2 pound) beef cube steaks
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 egg
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups vegetable shortening for deep frying

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste


Pound the steaks to about 1/4-inch thickness. Place 2 cups of flour in a shallow bowl. Stir together the baking powder, baking soda, pepper, and salt in a separate shallow bowl; stir in the buttermilk, egg, Tabasco Sauce, and garlic. Dredge each steak first in the flour, then in the batter, and again in the flour. Pat the flour onto the surface of each steak so they are completely coated with dry flour.
Heat the shortening in a deep cast-iron skillet to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Fry the steaks until evenly golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Place fried steaks on a plate with paper towels to drain. Drain the fat from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid and as much of the solid remnants as possible.
Return the skillet to medium-low heat with the reserved oil. Whisk the remaining flour into the oil. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to release solids into the gravy. Stir in the milk, raise the heat to medium, and bring the gravy to a simmer, cook until thick, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Spoon the gravy over the steaks to serve.


Sarah said...

I want to try the Tangy Carolina BBQ!

slbastin at gmail dot com

Nancy said...

I want to try the honey mustard.

Nancy said...

Take me home to Western NY for a Beef on Weck!

Roast beef thinly sliced
Au jus gravy
Horseradish sauce
Kemmilweck Rolls

ky2here said...

Cajun herb and spice because they remind me of home.

ky2here at msn dot com

coriwestphal said...

Ooh the Honey Mustard! Yum!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

coriwestphal said...

Mmmm Cheesy Potatoes brings me home! Hashbrowns, sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, and lots and lots of cheese! Bake it and enjoy!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

blue65829 said...

I want to try honey mustard since I'm from the northeast!
blue65829 at aol dot com

jsc123 said...

I would love to try the Cajun Herb & Spice.
I love food that has a little kick to it. and I imagine that these might.


Heather said...

Chipotle Ranch sounds delish!

wendy said...

I would like to try the honey mustard!

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wendy said...

Here is a recipe for chicken soup:

take a whole chicken and put in pot with enough water to cover it. Add carrots, celery, onions, and soup greens. Boil until bones are soft; let cool and take meat from bones and put back into soup. Reboil for one hour.

Lana Bradstream said...

I love Cajun, so I'm all about the Cajun Spice and Herb.

Kristie said...

I'd like to try Chipotle Ranch!

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mywildcrazyworld said...

I want to try Carolina BBQ, because I am a carolina girl!!! Carolina bbq sauce is different than anyplace else since it is a vinegar base and it will be interesting to see how that translates in a chip!

Allyson Bossie

mywildcrazyworld said...
Allyson Bossie

My recipe is for Carolina BBQ and actually something I have made many times including for bbq sales!

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce like tabasco or Texas Pete
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Put a Pork Butt roast in roasting pan and sprinkle with Salt and pepper and cover with 1 cup of orange juice. Bake at 250 for 8-10 hours (time varies by size of roast) until pork pulls apart.

Pull roast (don't chop) and top with the above sauce. Serve warm, either on the plate with Coleslaw or on a bun.

mywildcrazyworld said...

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Allyson Bossie

mywildcrazyworld said...

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angie lilly said...

I would love to try the Southwestern U.S. – Lay’s Chipotle Ranch.
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angie lilly said...

I live in the midwest and the recipe they have is for at this link: Creamy Ranch Cucumber Salad
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Katharina said...

I'd most like to try the Tangy Carolina BBQ flavor! :-) Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

Katharina said...

BBQ Chicken Pizza

1 Boboli (or other already baked pizza crust)
Your favorite BBQ Sauce
Diced or shredded chicken breast (COOKED!)
Pizza herbs of your choosing
Pizza cheese

Shred or dice cooked chicken breast. Add a little bit of bbq sauce to it.

Spread a thin layer of bbq sauce onto the pizza crust. Add the chicken and sprinkle with your favorite pizza herbs... I like oregano, basil, and garlic powder.

Top with shredded pizza cheese and bake according to the package directions.

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Katharina said...

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Katharina said...

I follow Georgia Mist on Twitter. (Katharina Ess)

Katharina said...

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Katharina said...

I follow you on Networked Blogs as Katharina Ess. angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

reddon30 said...

I would like to try the Honey Mustard chips

Ericka said...

I would love to try the Lay’s Chipotle Ranch
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llinda29 said...

I want Lay’s Honey Mustard

llinda29 said...

I want to make Blackened Chicken Sandwich

Tammy said...

Honey Mustard!!!

Tammy said...

I follow you on twitter!

Tammy said...

I follow them on twitter!

Anonymous said...

I'd try the honey Mustard flavor.
jenswps at yahoo . com

Anonymous said...

I REALLY want to try the Cajun Herb and Spice!

Anonymous said...

Grits à Ya Ya
By Chef Jim Shirley

4 servings

Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits:

1 quart chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups Dixie Lily grits
1/4 pound butter
1/2 pound shredded smoked Gouda cheese
The Ya Ya:

8 strips applewood-smoked bacon, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced shallots
3 tablespoons butter
White wine
1 pound peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp
1 portobello mushroom cap, sliced
1/4 cup diced scallions
2 cups chooped fresh spinash
2 cups heavy cream
3 cups smoked Gouda cheese grits
Salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste

First, make your grits. Run the chicken stock into a thick-bottomed saucepan and turn on high til it boils. Mix in the grits and stir like crazy. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cream if you need more liquid. Then tumble in the butter, drizzle in the rest of the cram and stir til it's all in the family. Then shake in the shredded cheese and stir very well til it's all nice and smooth.

While your grits cook, bring a large saucepan to medium heat. Add bacon and cook for about 3 minutes, then add garlic and shallots. Sauté and then add butter and a splash of white wine. When the butter is half melted, add the shrimp. When the downsides of the shrimp become white, flip them and add mushrooms, scallions and spinach. Sauté for 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp. Pour in heavy cream and let simmer while stirring. When reduced by one third, add salt, pepper and hot sauce. Return shrimp to the sauce and combine. Spoon the sauce and shrimp onto heaping mounds of cheese grits.

catrinkaleigh said...

Cajun Herb & Spice

sherylssg said...

I would like to try the Honey Mustard. I think it would be delicious as a coating for chicken.

susansmoaks said...

i want to try the honey mustard
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

saturdaynightfever said...

Balsamic Sweet Onion; I want to see if it has a similar taste to my Mom's Vidalia Onion Pie!

susan1215 said...

I'd like to try the Cajun Herb & Spice

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susan1215 said...

Here is a recipe for Kansas City BBQ rub

•1/2 cup brown sugar
•1/4 cup paprika
•1 tablespoon black pepper
•1 tablespoon salt
•1 tablespoon chili powder
•1 tablespoon garlic powder
•1 tablespoon onion powder
•1 teaspoon cayenne

combine all indredients, Makes 1 cup

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pauline15 said...

I would love the honey mustard, I use that flavor on everything... it's my personal ketchup!