Friday, 8 August 2014

In the Kitchen: Nachos and Game of Thrones for Dinner?



So for months now our good friends Alyssa and Austin have been asking us to watch Game of Thrones. I love a good epic drama and thought what the hell might as well give it a shot. We make dinner each time we watch the series together and swap who will make dinner and host from week to week. After visiting the Ferguson Farmers Market we had Habanero Cheese from Ludwig Farmstead Creamery and thought why not make a killer cheese sauce to go on Nachos! Furthermore why not combine this delicious appetizer turned entree with our weekly Game of Thrones viewing. Perfect! Alyssa and Austin provided the garden tomatoes and we made the rest. Our nachos were vegetarian but you could always add your favourite meat like grilled steak, shredded pork, or grilled chicken.

What you will need

2 bags of tortilla chips of choice (I did not attempt to make my own chips with such a limited amount of time)
1 can of black beans
8 oz. sour cream
1 cup of cheddar cheese shredded or cubed
1 cup of Ludwig Farmstead Habanero Cheese cubes (available online at www.ludwigfarmsteadcreamery.com)
1 cup of half & half
2 ripe avocados chopped and mashed
1 lime cut in half
1 large garden tomato diced
1 cup of salsa of choice
1 green pepper diced
1 small onion diced
1 tsp of Ancho Chile powder
sea salt to taste
1 tsp smoked sweet paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup of diced red onion




Instructions

  1. Place chopped avocado in a medium sized bowl with garlic powder, half a lime squeezed, salt to taste, and chopped red onion and mash, leaving a little chunky. Refrigerate.
  2. Place chopped onion and pepper in a medium skillet over medium heat with 2 tbsp. olive oil. Caramelise onion and pepper for about 5-8 minutes and set aside.
  3. Place beans with Ancho Chile powder, Paprika, and salt to taste in a small sauce pan and heat on low covered. Stir occasionally. Meanwhile chop your tomato.
  4. While beans are heating place 1/2 cup of half & half in two saute pans  (1/2 for each pan). Heat over medium to low heat with cheddar in one and Habanero cheese in the other. Stir constantly with a spatula until you have a smooth cheese sauce in both. Set aside with lids on both.
  5. Place sour cream, salsa, onions and peppers, and chopped tomatoes in bowls. 
  6. Place all the bowls on your table and the bean pot and cheese sauce pans on the table with hot pads under each. Let everyone build their own nachos as desired. 
  7. Enjoy! 





From the Harvest Table,
Amber

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