May 31st, 2007
|antikythera||08:46 am - Dinner nachos (vegetarian)|
This is more of an idea than a recipe, maybe. I am going to make a point of getting low-fat tortilla chips (baked instead of fried, maybe?) the next time I do it. But seriously, nachos can be a balanced meal if you top them properly. ;)
This is a hearty meal for two, or a snack/appetizer for four.
Vegetarian bean topping: cook 1/2 cup of rice. After it's cooked, mix it with 1 can of beans (approx. 1 1/2 cups soaked and precooked beans) that have been rinsed well, and 1 can (1 cup) corn kernels. Sprinkle 1-2 t. ground cumin over it and mix well. This should be a crumbly mixture that sticks together a little bit because of the rice starch.
Hot topping: slice and remove seeds from two jalapeno peppers. Dice one small cooking onion and one clove of garlic. Sautee over low heat in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil, until the onions start to brown.
Cooking: On a baking tray with a lip (such as a deep pizza pan), arrange tortilla chips so that they cover the tray with no gaps. A double layer of chips is fine. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of grated cheese evenly over the chips. Cover that with the bean topping, the hot topping, and optional black olive slices. Sprinkle another 1/3 cup of grated cheese over the top of that. Put it in the oven and broil or bake until the cheese is gooey.
Cold toppings: after baking you can add any of the following, sprinkled and/or dolloped on top -- diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, green onions or chives, sour cream (or yogurt or cottage cheese), salsa, avocado, or whatever other fresh things you like on your nachos.
Serve on the baking tray with a fork and ample napkin for every participant.
We do something similar, with some soy ground round added because hubby likes his nachos with "beef".
If I ever get my hands on Morningstar crumbles again, I'll use them. They still don't seem to be available in Canada, though.
We use the Yves brand. Hubby is totally in love with it.
Oh -- what kind of goat or sheep cheese would you use if you wanted melted cheese on nachos?
I usually use goat cheddar because it's relatively inexpensive.
Sounds delicious. I did something similar the other night, except I did it in the microwave and used pico de gallo as the "hot topping" layer.