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Natural pairing--nachos and basketball viewing


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A new twist on an old favorite when watching basketball. photo by Virginia O. McCoy.

March 27, 2014
March "Madness" is in full swing. It's practically a religion. Ironically, since it falls smack in the middle of Lent.

Basketball watching parties leading up to the big night is a reason to serve nachos.

The following recipe is a step or two away from what you are used to when you think about nachos. Kettle style chips instead of tortilla chips. A creamy white sauce instead of cheddar and a sprinkle of crumbled blue cheese will take these nachos straight to the final four. Really.

March Madness Nachos

(adapted from Cap City Diner)

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

3 garlic cloves, minced then smashed to a paste

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

1 - 13 oz. bag kettle style chips (regular or lower fat)

1 - 4 oz. container crumbles blue cheese

1 tablespoon chopped scallions, red onion or chives

Combine heavy cream and garlic in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook on a low boil (simmer) for about 13 minutes, allowing cream to thicken. Stir often. Don't walk away or your cream will boil over. Trust me.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Taste sauce and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Place a pile of chips in a bake dish and drizzle the sauce all over. Scatter crumbled blue cheese over top.

Bake nachos at 400 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on your oven), until blue cheese melts.

Remove from oven and top with scallions.

The cheese combination makes these tasty nachos worth the calories. No salsa necessary.

You will definitely want to double the recipe for this sauce.

Cap City Diner is located in Columbus, Ohio. Sorry Buckeyes.

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