19 August 2012

Irish Nachos

Irish Nachos
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.

I work out.  I eat cheese. Whatever!

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.

Irish Nachos
[easily serves one, two, or an entire herd of hungry hungry hippos!]

what's in it?
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
greek yogurt
black beans
black olives
chopped green onion
bell peppers or sweet mini peppers
dried parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste

Irish Nachos

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!  

Foolproof technique for crunchy faux-fried oven baked fries!
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!

Sweet Potato Irish Nachos

Seriously.  Do it.

still hungry?
Vegetarian Loaded Baked Potato SoupTwice Baked Cauliflower Baked Potatoes

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  1. This truly was one of the best-written and most entertaining blog posts I've read in a long time! Love your writing :) Great recipe, I'm a cheese lover too! Who needs a 6-pack anyways?!

  2. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeetsSunday, August 19, 2012

    So I have everything on hand to make these, except the damn potato. I do however have some lovely sweet potatoes, which I was thinking of stuffing ala Jenn style, but I might have to make these instead.

    Since I work out regularly and cook cleanly, I could care less about calories. Bon appetit.

  3. It should work faaaabulously with sweet potato too! Or stuffed! Just get it in your face, woman! =)

  4. Awww thank you!!!! Seriously -- six packs are entirely overrated anyways =)

  5. Cheese > 6 pack. Totally agreed.

    And pfft, calories. If it's tasty, calories can easily be overlooked. :-)

  6. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeetsSunday, August 19, 2012

    That shouldn't be a problem!

  7. You just described my relationship with red wine and dark chocolate.  *sigh*

  8. OMG I love Irish nachos!!! There's a pub right down the street from my office and they serve a huuuuge plate of these bad boys. So yummy. I love how you sliced them though instead of having them diced...I'm sure they are much easier to eat that way. Thanks for sharing! I want a plate of them now :)

  9. Scrumptiousgruel EllenSunday, August 19, 2012

    Living DOES burn calories! Brilliant. We need to remember to stop sweating these things sometimes.
    I never thought to cook taters on a rack like that. Snazzy idea I will have to try!

  10. Best sentence is Calm the eff down and breathe. LOL!

    I've said this to myself so many times lately, I've sworn off counting calories and calmed the eff down, it's working, I'm down almost 25lbs!

  11. Obviously you can't see me right now, but i'll have you know i'm running around doing a happy dance for you right now! Go Jen go!!!!!!

  12. LiziheartvegetablesSunday, August 19, 2012

    Holy yum!!! that sounds AMAZING!!

  13. I'm gonna have to give these a try.  I have a love affair with cheese too.

  14. "Living burns calories!  So keep doing that, and you'll be a-ok." <- LOVE...it!
    What's wrong with me? I haven't had a cheese craving in FOREVER...until now that is! ;) Have you ever tried these with sweet potatoes? Kinda like a little spin off of your savory sweet p's? Mmm!

  15. laughed out loud. so so so so so get ---again---why and how you and Cat are friends :)

  16. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy HappyMonday, August 20, 2012

     Oh I am with you there. I LOVE cheese!

  17. The title of the post caught my attention, then the crazy intro kept me reading...what a great snack.  I love potatoes (I am not ashamed to say it) and I LOVE this idea. 
    Keep the crazy coming Jenn.

  18. Worst intro ever? Try BEST intro ever. I love me some cheese so this recipe is AMAZING! I can't wait to make these as a side a dish with dinner!

  19. Hmm. Looks like I need to invest in a wire rack now ... 

  20. Love this, the colors are so pretty and vibrant and it just looks so yummy! <3

  21. I love this idea - I'm thinking sweet potatoes would be a great way to tweak this too!

  22. Duhhh!!!! =) Though sweet potatoes and I are taking some time away from each other this week

  23. That wire rack tip...brilliant. A brilliant person can talk about eating cheese all she likes.

  24. Good gravy those look good!

  25. I just texted my Hubby about this! He will love it! Thank you for the tip on baking the potatoes. You are a genius!

  26. I found this post because I am CRAVING some Irish Nachos, but holy snickerdoodles, this post cracked me up!!! Thanks for the orgasmic recipe... this will be tonights dinner :)

  27. that's it. i'm officially moving you to my "blends" folder on reader so I will read you daily. why I've not done this yet is beyond me. you live in fitness, which i get to about once a week. you're moving.

    PS I love you. ha.

  28. This sounds great. I love that they're Irish nachos!

  29. I'm so glad you re-linked to this post! OMG, I am so making this for dinner tonight. Uh...after I go grocery shopping. You know, I just really love all your recipes. Thanks for sharing them. :-)

    ps-I moved my blog (Blurb Column) to wordpress and renamed it. I'm now Casa Beebe but it's still me doin' my thang.

  30. enough with the words "yummy" and "veggies". talk adult.