Thursday, October 24, 2013

Almost Famous Italian Nachos

I love Italian food....if you have ever eaten and Carino's Italian restaurant's they have these wonderful Italian nachos made with pasta dough, sausage, chicken, Pepperoncini peppers, red bell peppers, mozzerella cheese and drizzled with an Alfredo sauce..Need I say more??? We ALWAYS get those for an appetizer. Delicious!! I found a few different recipes for these on the Internet ... how easy are these made with wonton wrappers!!? YUM! I kind of made up my own from what other recipes had done. You can make as many or as few as you want... just depends on how many wonton wrappers you use. I did a whole package and had enough Nacho's to fill a big baking sheet with a 2nd layer on the top! Also you can use either cooked chicken or hot Italian sausage or as I like to do , use both! These are good to share with friends, or make a small batch to indulge yourself with...anyway you eat them they are good! Enjoy!!

Almost Famous Italian Nachos
For the Sauce:
2 Tablespoon butter
1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoons Flour
1 cup Half and Half (or milk)
1 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper
Dash of ground Nutmeg

Wonton wrappers, cut in half to make triangles
Cooked chicken, sliced really thin or shredded
Cooked HOT Italian sausage
Roasted Red Bell Peppers, diced
Pepperoncini Peppers
Olives, sliced thin
Tomatoes, diced
Parmesan Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Oil for frying wontons (canola or peanut)
(These are just suggested toppings, feel free to ad lib with whatever you like)

First make the sauce:
In small sauce pan over medium heat; start to melt the butter, add the garlic and stir until the butter is completely melted and the garlic is fragrant. Whisk in the flour and continue to stir until it is incorporated into the butter and slightly golden. Next, whisk in the half n' half and cream, bring this JUST to a boil and turn down to a simmer for 8 minutes or until thickened slightly. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and the seasonings (add just a dash or two of the salt and pepper and adjust to taste) stir until incorporated.

Fry the Wontons:
Heat oil in a large skillet or dutch oven (oil should be about 2 inches deep) over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add the wontons 1 at a time until you have about 5 or 6 in your pot. Allow to cook until barely golden, flip and cook again. Watch these closely ! it only takes a few seconds for them to get slightly golden. Drain on paper towel. Continue until you have the desired amount of wonton chips.

To assemble:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place your wonton chips in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the chicken, sausage, peppers, olives, and mozzarella cheese over your nachos. Place this under your broiler until the cheese is completely melted about 3 to 5 minutes (Watch close, will melt fast once it starts, you don't want your chips to burn). Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Before serving or with individual servings, drizzle the hot Alfredo sauce over the nachos.

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