I just saw a commercial for a Super Bowl commercial. We already know the Super Bowl is really about the commercials. Why would you pay more money to advertise your already over-priced advertisement? Regardless, we will gather this Sunday to watch commercials. And of course, eat good food.
What you see up there is finger food at its finest. Layers of blue corn tortilla chips are seasoned and topped with monterey jack and goat cheeses. Goat cheese nachos. Yup. Super food for a Super Bowl.
My inspiration for these nachos came from a little place in Charlottesville, Va, Continental Divide. Jon and I used to eat there often. We’d have a couple of margaritas and always share a plate of their nachos, “Red Hot Blues” served with a few sauces. My favorite is called Wait-A-Minute sauce. Initially you taste sweet mango but, wait a minute, and you’re hit with just a little heat. I’ve attempted to recreate that in a roasted pablano mango salsa. Pablanos are a mild pepper so I kept all the seeds in. The heat is subtle, but it’s there.
The second salsa you see is adapted from a recipe Jon tore out of his “Men’s Journal” magazine, so I knew he meant business. It’s made with chipotles in adobo sauce and it’s HOT. We enjoyed these nachos with both salsas on the side. I kept alternating my dipping and couldn’t pick a favorite. The mango seemed to cool my mouth after the heat of the chipotle. But I kept going back for more heat. Decide for yourself this weekend. Grab some friends. Have some beer. Make these nachos…and enjoy those commercials.
Notcho Normal Nachos (Inspired by Continental Divide)
1 bag blue corn tortilla chips
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
5-8oz goat cheese
5-8 oz monterey jack cheese, shredded
2 scallions, chopped
Olive oil for spraying
Roasted Pablano and Mango Salsa
2.5 cups chopped mango (If using frozen, defrost)
1 pablano pepper
1 garlic clove
Roasted Tomato Chipotle Salsa (adapted from Men’s Journal)
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
1 tablespooon olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from can of chipotles in adobo sauce)
Here are few more great Super Bowl foods for feasting (click picture for recipe):
Posted on February 2, 2012