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Not Your Regular Nachos: Italian Nachos

Let me just say that taking a gorgeous, appetizing picture of nachos is hard. The image certainly does not do these amazingly delicious Italian nachos justice. They were so good that I ate an insane amount all by myself. What exactly are Italian nachos? A creation I invented based on a little web research. I took elements from several recipes to make my own version.

First I fried pieces of tomato basil tortillas. Next I made an Alfredo sauce and heated up finely chopped Italian sausage. The chips were seasoned with salt and dried oregano before being topped with the sauce, sausage, and a heavy sprinkling of mozzarella cheese. The whole thing was topped with a tomato, sun-dried tomato, black olive, and pepperoncini salsa. The final result was to die for.

For more details on how I made them,

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Italian Nachos

Italian Nachos

Italian Nachos

Ingredients

  1. For Alfredo sauce:
  2. ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  3. 3 tbs. unsalted butter
  4. 4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. fresh-ground black pepper
  7. pinch of fresh-ground nutmeg
  8. For nachos
  9. oil, for frying
  10. 2 tomato basil tortillas sliced into triangular pieces
  11. dried, crushed oregano
  12. salt
  13. 1 Italian sausage, finely chopped
  14. 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese (don't use fresh mozzarella, it will make the chips soggy)
  15. 2 tablespoons finely chopped tomato
  16. 2 tablespoons finely chopped black olives
  17. 1 tablespoon finely chopped sun dried tomatoes
  18. 1 tablespoon finely chopped peppercini
  19. red pepper flakes, optional for serving

Directions

  1. Make the chips: heat the oil in a large pot over high heat. When smoking add the tortilla wedges and fry for 30 seconds on each side until crisp and golden brown. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels and sprinkle with dried oregano and salt. Repeat, working in small batches, until all the tortillas are fried.
  2. Make the Alfredo sauce: combine cream and butter in a saute pan. Heat over a low flame, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted and the cream comes to a bare simmer. Remove the pan from the heat once the butter is evenly incorporated into the cream.
  3. Add the cheese, the salt, the nutmeg, and several grinds of the pepper mill. Cover set aside.
  4. Meanwhile heat 1 teaspoon oil in a saute pan over medium low heat. Add the sausage and cook until crisp, browned, and heated through.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  6. Make the salsa: combine the tomato, sun dried tomatoes, black olives, and peppercini in a small bowl.
  7. Place the chips on a cookie sheet covered with foil.
  8. Drizzle with Alfredo sauce and top with cooked sausage. Cover with mozzarella and drizzle with more sauce.
  9. Bake in the oven for 4 minutes until the cheese is melted. Turn the broiler on and broil until the chips are crisp and the cheese is bubbling.
  10. Remove from oven and top with salsa. Serve immediately with red pepper flakes for sprinkling if desired.

Serves 1.


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Join The Conversation
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
yadiet so true!! This is a little too "rich" for me. Not worth the calories...
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Made these last night! They are pretty tasty! :P
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Definitely to die for... literally. But I would totally eat this at least once. Yum!
wren1 wren1 9 years
These look soooooooooo good!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 9 years
OMG these look amazing!!
sonnabobble sonnabobble 9 years
so yummy, but i'm gonna go with pancetta since i don't like italian sausage!
caryatid caryatid 9 years
seeing that much alfredo sauce makes me twitch. i think i'd be more inclined to skip the alfredo and substitute a spicy tomato sauce or just leave it with the salsa. crispy pancetta in place of italian sausage would also be divine!!!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
um...:drool: These look tasty. Maybe when I loose my next pound and my BMI officially drops to 'overweight' from 'obese' I'll make these for my family and try a teesy tiny one. Then go for a run. :wink:
nancita nancita 9 years
Are you kidding? That photo looks DELICIOUS!!! And the description if seriously to die for: tomato basil tortillas and Italian sausage? So creative.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
When you've been good to your diet all week, treat yourself. These look great although I do not know if I could eat them in moderation.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Diet shmiet! I think I might make these for my bf tonight :P
lisabarn lisabarn 9 years
OMG I want them but my fellow posters are right - horrible for any diet!
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
Haha, definitely not for those on a diet!
jendudley jendudley 9 years
I always eat them at Johnny Carinos. I think they are deepfried uncooked pasta, though!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That sounds amazing, and I am starving now!
lisabunny lisabunny 9 years
Yeah my heart hurt just reading the recipe. But I bet it tastes soooooooo goooooooooooooooood!
yadiet yadiet 9 years
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