Ok, so they’re not Irish and they’re not really Nachos. But what they are is ooey, gooey, cheesy potato deliciousness with the spiciness of nachos. And there’s bacon (or corned beef, if you have some) sprinkled throughout. You might call this an appetizer, but for us it was a fun meal.
I apologize coz I “over posted” today but I wanted you to see some of the options I use in/on these incredible nachos.
First of all, these Irish Pub Nachos are just a little spiced up with home-made Wing Sauce. Do you make your own? It’s so super simple & you can customize your flavors…if you don’t want to go there, add a little taco seasoning, store-bought or maybe my Basic Home-Made or my Home-Made Smokin’ Chipotle Taco Seasoning to whatever Wing Sauce you use.
I ditched the plain old sour cream for a little Home-Made Ranch Dressing. Ranch isn’t usually my thing, but this little home-made number really turned me around. Besides, my kids and my folks like the stuff, so it’s about time I put an easy Ranch on my blog. Now none of this stuff, the Wing Sauce, the Seasoning or the Ranch HAS to be home-made, but you’ll thank me if you make the Ranch, And you’re welcome! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Then I cheated a bit and used our favorite jarred salsa instead of my fave Pico de Gallo that’s on my Tastes Like Chicken (Chipotle’s Chicken) post. I love Pico, but it IS March and good tomatoes are hard to find. Plus this gives me a little chance to give a shout out to J.R. of JR’s Specialty Foods in Sioux Falls. He makes amazing salsa & a plethora of other items. Special note to my sis: you can call him and have stuff shipped but I’ll try to sneak you a jar or three, lol!
Get the potatoes right on this and it hardly matters what else you put on top! I like some browned and crispy and some a bit softer, but err on the side of crispier. I bake, but frying is quicker – messier, but quicker. Once those potatoes are done, the rest takes just minutes.
As far as cheese, personally, I like a melty, not too aged (read grocery store) cheddar jazzed with a bit of something with some real personality. Bleu Cheese would be perfect, Feta works and today I tried out a blend of Parmesan and Asiago.
Then go crazy and top with whatever favorite nacho toppings you want! How did I forget the pickled jalapenos?! And in retrospect, why didn’t I add some guacamole or avocado. Well, there’s always next time!
Irish Pub Nachos
- 4 potatoes, peeled if desired & sliced thinly into rounds
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
- salt & pepper (be generous)
- a little Wing Sauce, store-bought or home-made, doctored with a little taco seasoning
- 6 ounces (or more) shredded cheddar cheese, taco cheese, or a cheddar jack blend
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped bacon pieces (abt 4 strips) or finely chopped cooked corned beef
- 6 ounces of a sharper cheese: bleu cheese, Parmesan, Feta, Asiago
- Salsa or Pico de Gallo
- Ranch Dressing
- Cilantro, chopped chives, thinly sliced green onion to sprinkle on top, as desired
- Other toppings as desired: Avocado, Guacamole, Black Olives, Pickled Jalapeno, diced onion or red onion, etc.
In a container large enough to hold the sliced potatoes, add a teaspoon of salt and a good pinch of sugar (optional) and soak the potatoes for 30 minutes.Drain and pat dry (lay out on a clean kitchen towel, cover with another towel and lightly press.
In the meantime, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut parchment paper to fit one very large or two smaller baking sheets with. There should be enough room so the potatoes are in a single layer. Place the pan or pans in the oven to preheat. When potatoes have soaked and are dried, lay them out on the parchment, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Remove a baking sheet from the oven and slide the parchment carefully, with the potatoes on top, onto the baking sheet.
Place in oven and bake for a total of about 35 to 40 minutes, turning and rotating the pans once or twice and with a thin spatula, turning the potatoes and rearranging as necessary. Bake until lightly browned and crisped.
Remove potatoes. If using more than one tray, put all the potatoes together, spread out on a single tray. Turn oven up to 475 degrees. Drizzle with a little Wing Sauce. Using about 1/2 the cheddar, sprinkle over the potatoes. Sprinkle with bacon, then the secondary cheese of choice and top with the remaining cheddar.
Bake about 10 minutes, rotating as necessary. Remove from oven, garnish and eat immediately, accompanied by Ranch, Pico de Gallo or Salsa.
- If you’d prefer to fry the potatoes, preheat oil to 375 degrees f. Working in batches, place potatoes into hot oil and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper bags or paper towels and proceed with recipe.
- Links for Home-made Taco Seasoning, Home-made Wing Sauce and Home-made Ranch and Pico de Gallo are in the actual post. Follow the links.