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Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Appetizer, Entree | 6 comments

Italian Nachos

Italian Nachos

I love things that are flip flopped.  You know when you change something normally sweet to savory or vice versa.  Like a savory cheesecake made with shrimp and alligator sausage (look for my own version coming soon) or corn and bacon short stack pancakes (also to be done later).  It’s just neat to me to be able to take an old classic and liven it up some.

There used to be an Italian restaurant around here that did their version of nachos using Italian ingredients.  Not a total flip flop but still a change that I welcomed!  I love nachos and Husbee loves Italian food.  So we’re both happy!  I thought that idea was perfect and also not overdone or boring in any way.

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Hearing the ingredients seems a little daunting, time consuming and/or difficult but surprisingly this recipe took very little time and there are only a couple of ingredients that you may not already have.  Only a little planning need be involved and this could work so easily on a busy week night. I don’t have a full time job any longer which is a huge blessing but I do remember coming home from work late, kids having tons of homework, dinner needing to be prepared and everything for the next day of crazy to be worked out.  Sheesh!  I don’t miss that at all! These absolutely AH-mazing nachos can be on the table in under 30 minutes with everyone sitting around wide-eyed at a huge mound of yummy creativity waiting to be devoured.  Score MOM!

Now, I rarely (and by that I mean almost never) fry things.  I don’t like the fat in fried things.  I don’t like the mess it makes and just the overall unhealthiness makes me turn my nose up.  With that being said, these are unhealthy but the mess was minimal and the payoff was awesome!  Partly because the “chips” cook so fast and partly because I used a big deep pot so that the popping messiness was eliminated.  To make the “chips” I used wanton wrappers which is basically a quick and easy way of making fried pasta chips.  Doesn’t that go so well with my Italian theme?  I think so, too!  Ok, here are the ingredients:

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Most of the ingredients are pretty simple and most of them come pre-chopped or sliced or shredded so there really isn’t that much prep work.  When I made them today I browned the meats first because my thinking was I wanted the chips to be warm and crunchy but I was wrong!  Make sure you fry the chips first.  I bought the wanton wrappers at my normal grocery store.  They were at the end of my produce section where the tofu is kept.  They come in individual squares so I just sliced on a diagonal to get more of a tortilla chip shape.  Super simple.  Just pile up several and roll right through with a pizza cutter.

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I then heated about 2 inches of cooking oil (I used sunflower oil in a small attempt to be healthy) in a large deep pot on medium high.  Once the oil was hot (so that a drop of water sizzled like mad) I dropped the wanton wrappers in and let them go.  It really only takes about 90 seconds from start to finish once the oil is hot.  Turn once then remove to drain on a paper towel.  This is what you should get.A nice crispy, golden brown.  Make sure not to put them in the oil until it’s good and hot or they will just absorb all that oil and be mushy.

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Next take your Italian Sausage and with a sharp knife cut down the side and peel away the casing.  This makes it much easier to crumble and brown.  Then also drain on a paper towel.  I used mild sausage but think I would have liked the hot better.  Also, chicken (and rotisserie would work perfectly) or a combination of chicken and sausage could be used.  Whatever makes you happy!

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Chop your tomatoes and anything else that needs to be cut and warm the alfredo sauce.   My Invisible Crown

The only thing left is assembly!  Here’s recipe, however I can’t really give quantities.  Just use as much or as little of each thing as you like.  For example, I don’t love pepperoni so I used only a little but I love pepperoncinis so I used plenty of those.  I just made a huge plate and we all grabbed from that but I did several layers.  This insured no chip was left behind!

  • Wanton Wrappers
  • Italian Sausage (I used 3 links and it made plenty for 3 people)
  • Pepperoni
  • Alfredo Sauce (I used 1/2 cup store bought)
  • Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
  • Parmesan Cheese (I LOVE the shaved but use what you have)
  • Sliced Black Olives
  • Sliced Pepperoncini Peppers
  • Chopped Jalapeno Peppers
  • Chooped Tomotoes

Fry the wantons and set aside.  Chop tomatoes and any other ingredients not already chopped or sliced.  Brown sausage and pepperoni.  Warm alfredo.  Assemble chips on a large platter followed by meats, alfredo sauce, cheeses and veggies.  SMILE at the goodness!

You really have no idea how good this plate of crunchy gooeyness is!!! My Invisible Crown

What’s your favorite weeknight meal?  Try this one out and let me know what you think?

6 Comments

  1. Take the cheese off and it sounds good, but then it wouldn’t be nachos…

    • I might have known you’d think that! But you could easily do that and still enjoy it. Can you get Italian sausage and the other ingredients there?

  2. They simply look so perfectly delicious! You amaze me every week with the beauty of your food!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! Hope to see you there this week too :)
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    • Thank you sweet lady! That’s just the best compliment. I really appreciate you reminding me. Life gets a little crazy sometimes. Thanks so much for hosting!

    • The fried wontons actually turn out very light and crispy and are perfect little pasta chips for this dish! Thanks so much for stopping by Shea! :)

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