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 bit amateur, complete with equally embarrassing photos.

They were borderline visually assaulting. Harsh lighting… over-exposed flash… shenanigans and photo faux pas galore!  Cringe-factor aside, I’m still buttcrazy in love with this snack and decided that the next time I made them I would re-take the photos and do these sassy spuds some justice.

I’m pretty happy with the result. Now they don’t simply taste amazing, but they look pretty spiffy too! Stick a fork in me, I’m done!

Better yet, stick a fork in these!

Irish Nachos

Irish Nachos
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Recipe type: appetizer, snack
Serves: 2-4
  • 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
  • plus all your favorite nachos toppings! [see below]

  • 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 it with butternut squash! [recipe]
  1. Set your oven to BROIL on high.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. Broil on high for 10-20 minutes. They're done once they start to bubble and turn golden brown on the surface.
  6. Pull from the oven, lay flat on foil or a baking sheet and pile on the cheese!
  7. Flip your oven to 350 and bake until the cheese is seductively melty.
  8. Then pile on the rest of your toppings and dig in!

This easily serves one, two, or an entire herd of hungry hungry hippos! Double, triple, or quadruple as needed!

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
Foolproof technique for crunchy faux-fried oven baked fries!

so… how was it? Orgasmic. I mean, obviously! How could these not be insanely delicious? And 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.  I promise. Class dismissed =)

Craving sweet potatoes instead?  

They make ahh-maze-ing nachos with a sweet + savory twist!

Sweet Potato Irish Nachos
Seriously.  Do it.

Irish Nachos :: This is the appetizer your mother warned you about! YUM!

still hungry?
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  1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says

    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.

  2. Sarah says

    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 :)

  3. Scrumptiousgruel Ellen says

    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!

  4. says

    “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!

  5. Tangii says

    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 :)

  6. says

    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.

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    “”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”—- I love it!!!! People are so obsessed with counting grams of this or that, just eat real food you make yourself and you’ll be fine :) I have to try the cooling rack trick to get them to crisp up a little better!

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