A pickled egg in a packet of crisps

pickled egg in a packet of crisps

Crisps taste nicer with a pickled egg

We all have a little snack or two to fill those hungry gaps, or occupy our mouths when we’re feeling bored, which you would never claim to be culinary marvels. But they can be a great comfort all the same.

Sometimes I have a yen for a crisp sandwich: white bread, real butter and a packet of scrunched up ready salted for preference as the filling. But even better is a pickled egg in a packet of crisps, preferably in a pub with a pint of beer.

I’ve been eating it for years but I still come across people who have never heard of this little nibble. So perhaps it is a regional thing. They certainly know about it in the West Country, where I ate it a lot while working on the now deceased Sunday Independent newspaper in Devon.

(For North American readers I ought to explain here that a British crisp is the same as a potato chip to you, while a potato chip for us is a your French fry).

It was never better than when you had a packet of Smith’s Crisps plain crisps with the salt in a little blue paper twist which you sprinkled mostly over the egg. Hopefully the egg should have been scooped by the barman out of the jar with a little bit of vinegar so, in the end, you got salt and vinegar crisps. On a good night you had a riot of textures: the rubbery egg white, soft yolk, and crisp-going-on sogginess of the crisps, depending on where in the packet you delved.

Some, like me, preferred plain crisps. Other people reckoned cheese n onion was the flavour to go for.

The other night I had just such a yen. I had the pickled eggs, home made of course. But I didn’t have any crisps so I tried it in a packet of Quavers. Not bad but not as good as proper crisps. So I bought a packet of crisps and tried it again the next day.



One thought on “A pickled egg in a packet of crisps

  1. Have you tried the plain crisp sandwich with the addition of Heinz’s sandwich spread ? Worth a try.

    Hadn’t heard/tried the pickled onion in a bag, I think you’re right about it being regional, not a Manchester thing. Which reminds me that in the late 1950’s, in the area of Manchester I lived in (think Attercliffe), we only had Smiths plain crisps with the (not always present) blue salt packet. One Christmas me and my cousins added vinegar to our salted crisps, shook them and believed we had invented salt and vinegar crisps ! I’m sure this was probably fairly widespread with working class pre-pubescents but it would be interesting to know when they were first marketed.


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