These Cheesy Guinness Potato Nachos are the perfect snack. Made with potato skins, tomatoes and a zesty Guinness enriched cheese sauce, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more delicious pile of nachos.
A Quiet St. Patrick’s Day
I had no plans to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day this year other than having a pint of Guinness or two. To be truthful, I don’t really believe this saint’s feast day was ever meant to become the green smattered drunk fest it is today. Green beer, no thanks! Let’s face it, Irish cuisine isn’t all that exciting either (to me anyway). Still, I felt like we could use a bit of a celebration and a nod to the Emerald Isle wouldn’t hurt either. What I was really craving was a plate of potato nachos and a pint of Guinness. I decided right then and there that it was ‘Irish enough’ for me.
The Feast of St. Patrick
St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was quite the traveler. As the son of a Roman-British Catholic deacon (almost a priest but still allowed to marry) he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and brought to the island. After a few years, he was able to flee back to his homeland but he never forgot about Ireland. He returned later in life his arrival brought Christianity to Ireland. The day of his death, March 17, is celebrated in Ireland as an official public holiday with parades, festivals, the wearing of shamrocks, and fireworks but not with green beer.
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Cheesy Guinness Potato Nachos
Cheesy Guinness Potato Nachos
- FOR THE POTATOES
- Six medium potatoes cut into 1/4 inch slices
- olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
- FOR THE MEAT LAYER
- one pound fresh chorizo; casings removed OR four dried chorizo; diced
- 2 small red jalepenos; finely diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves; minced
- FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup Guinness or other Irish stout
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 cups Irish cheddar (or aged white cheddar); shredded
- salt and pepper to taste
MethodFOR THE POTATOES
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Place the potato slices in a bowl and make sure they are well covered with oil, salt, and pepper.
- Place the slices on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake 15-20 minutes on each side until they are crispy.
- Cook the sausage, onion, and peppers in a pan over medium-high heat, breaking the sausage up as you go (if using fresh chorizo), until the sausage is browned and the onions are tender, about 8-10 minutes.
- If you are using dried chorizo just cook over med-high heat until some of the fat is rendered out and the onions get soft. Add garlic.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan until it turns a golden brown, then add flour and cook until the flour also changes to a golden brown.
- Add the Guinness, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and sugar and cook, while stirring, until it thickens, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the cheese and cook, stirring until it melts.
- Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.