Sometimes on a Friday evening a group of us from the dance studio go out for a bite to eat after a practice session. Nearby is a pub that serves Irish Nachos that we all love. We usually order two platters of them and we can devour them in very short order. The platter of these nachos comes with a mixture of waffle fries piled high with seasoned ground beef, onions, peppers, jalepeños and melted cheese. Sour cream, salsa and guacamole are served on the side. Everyone just digs in and they disappear in no time flat!!
Well, I got the idea that I would like to make a similar dish at home. First of all, if you’re not familiar with Irish Nachos, you use potato in place of corn chips, but otherwise they are pretty much like regular nachos but so much better, because you can pile on all the ingredients that you like. They are totally delicious and a great crowd pleaser, not to mention extremely budget friendly.
You start with a big pan of thinly sliced roasted potatoes. Waffle cut french fries work well, too.
Next you pile on some sautéed vegetables….
Then, layer on some seasoned cooked meat. Ground beef or ground turkey are both really good, but you could also use shredded beef or shredded pork….whatever!! It’s all going to be so delicious. The version I made here was meatless. Along with this I served turkey burgers minus the bun.
Add on some diced tomatoes, and chopped scallions, then a big handful of cheese. Put it back into the oven to melt the cheese.
Once its out of the oven for the final time, serve while hot with sour cream, salsa and guacamole and call it a meal.
These make a wonderful snack or meal on game day when everyone wants to be in front of the TV.
Yield: Serves 6
- 3 large red skinned potatoes, scrubbed and sliced about 1/4-inch thick
- 1 red and 1 yellow pepper, sliced
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced
- 1/2 pound ground turkey or beef
- salt and pepper
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 1 cup cheddar cheese ( I like a Mexican Blend )
- sour cream, salsa and avocado or guacamole to serve on the side
1. In a large wrought iron skillet or tart pan, layer the sliced potatoes in circles, making sure to cover as much of the bottom of the pan as possible. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with the paprika and garlic powder. Drizzle with the olive oil and bake at 350* F. for about 35 minutes.
2. While potatoes are baking, cut up peppers and onion. In a medium skillet drizzle olive oil to coat the pan and bring to medium high heat. Add the peppers and onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Remove to a dish to keep warm. Next add the beef or turkey and sprinkle with the chili powder. Season with salt and pepper and sauté until meat is fully cooked.
3. When potatoes are cooked, remove from the oven and layer the vegetables mixture over the top. Then transfer the meat mixture to the pan over the vegetables. Sprinkle with diced tomatoes and scallions. Then top with shredded cheese.
4. Put back into the oven for about 5 – 7 minutes until the cheese has melted.
5. Once out of the oven, serve immediately with sides of sour cream, salsa, and chopped avocado or guacamole.
SOURCE: Carolyn’s Originals