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!
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)
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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