One of the few things that can rival my love of veggies, is my love of cheese. If it came down to choosing between 6-pack abs and a daily serving [or three] of cheese, I'd choose the cheese. Hands-down. End of story. Actually I'm fairly certain this is why I don't currently rock a 6-pack. Crap.
This is clearly the worst intro in the history of blogging. What else shall we talk about? Hmm... Well the recipe I'm about to share, for one, is absolutely delicious whether or not you actually top it with cheese! It's also something I've been making for years so believe me when I say that I've perfected these bad boys. Though my last bloggage of the subject was a little amateur, complete with equally embarrassing photos. Harsh lighting... Over-exposed flash.... Shenanigans and photo faux pas galore! Cringe-factor aside, I'm still buttcrazy in love with this snack.
[easily serves one, two, or an entire herd of hungry hungry hippos!]
1 large russet potato [add a few extra if feeding a crowd]
your favorite healthy oil
dried parsley, cayenne, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste
and all your favorite nachos toppings!
t-rex chefs add some shredded chicken or pork and have at it
vegansaurus chefs skip the cheese or add some daiya instead -- this dish is easily veganized and oh-so flavorful either way. You can also make these with butternut squash! [recipe]
cheese [I grated two cheddar/mozzarella string cheeses]
fresh or pickled jalapeno peppers
chopped green onion
bell peppers or sweet mini peppers
dried parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste
ok that's cool and all... but how do I make it?!
Set your oven to BROIL on high. Wash and peel your potatoes [or leave the skin on for extra nutrients!] and cut into discs. I like mine the same thickness and texture as steak fries. Crunchy, crust-like outside and a fluffy mashed potato-like center. It makes me weak in the knees.
Spritz or rub with your favorite oil [olive, coconut, etc...] and sprinkle with cayenne pepper, dried parsley, and a little salt and pepper if you'd like! Lay flat on a wire cooling rack or grilling rack and set atop a reflective baking sheet. This will allow both sides to cook evenly and prevent mushiness. I use this same tecnique for my mozz balls and squash fries too -- it's foolproof!
Broil on high for 10-20 minutes depending on how "angry" your oven gets =) They're done once they start to bubble and turn golden brown on the surface. Pull from the oven, lay flat on foil or a baking sheet and pile on the cheese! Flip your oven to 350 and bake until the cheese is seductively melty. Then pile on the rest of your toppings and dig in!
so... how was it?
Orgasmic. Obviously! Before you start to shriek "But Jenn! The calories!!!!!" take a deep breath and calm the eff down. Living burns calories! So keep doing that, and you'll be a-ok. Class dismissed =)
Craving sweet potatoes instead?
They make ahh-maze-ing nachos with a sweet + savory twist!
Seriously. Do it.