The Day I Found Irish Nachos
While out with my sister and mother in law one day we decided to stop into Don Cherry's Sport's Grill in Bradford, Ontario, and have a beer after shopping. We weren't really all that hungry but we wanted something to nibble on. When looking at the menu I spotted something I'd never heard of before. Pointing at the menu I said, "Look at this, Irish nachos, are you serious? I always thought that nachos were Mexican."
I am a huge fan of nachos and these really piqued my interest, so we all decided that we'd share a plate of these.
When the waitress brought our order I was a bit taken back as I didn't read the entire description of what exactly Irish Nachos were. There sitting on a platter were not tortilla chips but potato chips. Well that makes sense ... Irish = Potatoes. The potato chips were smothered in cheese, green onions and topped with bacon. They came with two sides of sour cream and mayonnaise mixed with chipolata sauce. I asked if they had any salsa and the waitress brought a third side for us. Who eats nachos without salsa right?
We all dug in and enjoyed the Irish nachos so much that I had to make them at home. The only difference with mine are that I didn't use Monterey Jack cheese mixed with cheddar.
Don't these look great!
Cook Time includes precooking the bacon
- 2 bags of plain kettle chips
- 3/4 of a pound of sliced bacon, cooked but not crisp
- 2 cups of medium cheddar cheese, grated
- 7-8 green onions, chopped
- 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
- 8-10 dashes of salsa chilpotle sauce
- sour cream
- tomato salsa (if you so desire)
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Instructions on how to make Irish Nachos
- Start by frying 3/4 of a pound of sliced bacon. You don't want to cook it to where it is crispy as it will crisp up when it goes into the oven and under the broiler.
- While the bacon is frying grate the cheese, and chop the green onions.
- Once the bacon is cooked remove it from the pan and drain on paper towels.
- Preheat the oven on broil and place the oven rack on the second level from the top.
- Spray a large pizza pan or oven safe dish with cooking spray.
- The bacon should now be cool. Cut the bacon strips into one inch pieces.
- On the pan carefully place and spread out the contents of the two bags of chips. If you have a smaller pan than what I used then follow these instructions layering as you go. Top the chips with the shredded cheese saving a bit for the very top. Next spread your chopped onions, then the bacon. Top with the rest of the cheese.
- Place in the oven and broil for about 8 minutes or until the cheese is nicely melted.
- To make the chilpotle side sauce simply add the mayo to a small bowl and add and stir in the salsa chilpotle sauce.
How do I get to Don Cherry's Sports Grill?
Should you ever be in the area and want to visit Don Cherry's Sports Grill you can easily find it on the map below. There are many locations across Canada for Don Cherry's, which can be found by following this link.
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