It’s National Potato Chip Day on Saturday (who knew) so we thought we would inspire you to grab the nearest bag of oven-bake potato chips and cook up a storm. We’re not sure if you know this but oven-baked potato chips aren’t just for tossing on an oven tray and baking until crispy they can also be used in all sorts of other ways. Plus, they’re a healthier alternative to their fried buddies. We went in search of some pretty awesome recipes using the classic potato chip to bring you 3 ways you can upgrade the humble potato chip. Enjoy!

1. French Fry Casserole

French fry casserole

Who knew you could use oven-baked potato chips to make a casserole? It’s pure genius really. This recipe calls for lots of cheese, a packet of frozen oven baked potato chips and some veggies. It needs to be chilled for 3 – 24 hours before being bake at 180 degrees for 50 – 55 minutes.

Get the full recipe from Cooks.com here!

2. Mexican Fries (aka Fry Chip Nachos)

Mexican fries

If you’re tired of regular old nachos and want to try something new then just simply swap out your usual Nacho chips for oven-baked chips! Grab a bag of oven-baked chips, place the chicken or beef strips over the chips, sprinkle with mozzarella and cheddar cheese and place in the oven. Make sure you serve it with lots of smooth guacamole, spicy salsa and sour cream to give it that Mexican flavour.

3. Bacon Wrapped Potato Bombs

bacon wrapped fries

All you need to make these bacon treats is half a bag of thick cut oven-baked potato chips, a pack of back bacon (sliced in half) and a hot dipping sauce. Then just preheat your oven to 200 degrees, wrap each potato chip in bacon and bake for 10 – 15 minutes turning each bacon wrapped chip over to brown at the bottom. Bake for another 10 minutes until the bacon is crispy. Cool and serve with your favorite hot sauce.

McCain is also jumping on the National Potato Chip brand wagon by offering more creative ideas and recipes for how you can upgrade the humble potato chip using their range of Fry Chips, Slap Chips, Skinny Fries, Oven Chips, Wedges and Roast Potatoes. Visit the McCain South Africa Facebook page for all the info!