Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Potato Nachos

Alternate title: Mexican Poutine

This is not health food. Or even healthy food. But it makes me happy and right now I could use some happy. It's also quick, easy and everyone loves it. Plus there was a woman's Olympic semi-final hockey game on TV. Canada vs. Finland. Winner goes for GOLD on Thursday. Did I mention I will be at that game on Thursday? Anyway, every hockey game viewing needs some nachos. Did I also mention I ate the entire plate of potato nachos myself? It was one of those days.


- 1/2 bag frozen french fries (get ones with skin if you can and wedges work even better!) Or make your own fries. That would be even better!
- 1 tbsp taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar and mozza cheese (more as needed)
- 1/4 cup bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled (about 4-5 slices) - or be cool like me and use prosciutto, because that's all I had available.
- 1/2 small onion, diced small
- 1 green chili, minced
- 2 green onions, sliced thin
- 1/2 tomato, diced small (Mine doesn't have tomato! ARG!)
- fresh cilantro, chopped
- sour cream and salsa for dipping

1. Bake fries according to package directions. You want them nice and crisp. Half way through baking, lightly sprinkle taco seasoning evenly over fries.

2. While fries are baking, cook bacon till crisp. Remove from pan and place on paper towels to drain some fat. If there is excess bacon grease in the pan, drain it off, then add onions and cook just until translucent.

3. When fries are done, remove from oven. Leave oven on. Place fries into a shallow baking dish. Top evenly with cheese, onions, bacon and green chili.

4. Place baking dish in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted and just starting to bubble.

6. Sprinkle green onion, tomato and cilantro on top. Serve with sour cream and salsa for dipping or spoon them on top of the fries and eat with a fork. :)

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