And it’s time for more fun Irish eats!
And the countdown to next year begins because Jake and I are actually going to GO to Ireland! I have been pretty much OBSESSED with the idea. I mean I have always wanted to go but it never became number 1 on my list until recently. I have been reading so many novels centered on Dublin or the majestic cliffs of Killarney.
Then I watched P.S I Love You (for the 1,000,000th) time and it pretty much was a done deal. I CAN’T WAIT. So if anyone has ever been, I would LOVE some tips as this will be our first international excursion!
But, getting a house this year is #1 priority. And I am SO ready for a house of our own. So, you know my Happy Little House/Travel boards are filled with so many dream kitchens and bright green fields of Ireland.
Anywho, let’s focus in on this recipe.
As you can tell, I have been sharing a lot of more classic Irish recipes but decided that today needed a fun twist from the traditional Irish fare.
Instead of hitting up your local Irish pub, how about a night in with these nachos and a Netflix binge! It’s not Netflix, but I just finished Mildred Pierce and I cannot get over how it ended! Her daughter drove me nuts! And I really hope they put out another season on HBO Now.
Ok ok, back to the nachos.
Here’s how it goes: I started with a mix of sweet potato, russet potato, and rutabaga wedges. Because variety. I seasoned them with olive oil and herbs plus garlic and roasted them in the oven until browned. Then I topped with my favorite Irish toppings: kale, prosciutto, corned beef, water cress, tomatoes, a drizzle of mint pea pesto, and a sprinkle of goat cheese. To top it off I added some scallions.
This pretty much was dinner the other night. I served some wedges on a bed of greens and topped it with more pesto. SO GOOD. This can also be easily made to fit Whole30. Just omit the cheese and yogurt.
While I stick to a Whole30/Paleo lifestyle 85% of the time, I have learned from my many reintroductions that I can tolerate soft cheeses and yogurt now and then. I HIGHLY recommend doing the reintroduction as it tells you so much about what your body enjoys and doesn’t. Like I learned I CANNOT tolerate any soy products or dairy based dressings. But fermented yogurt seems to be fine.
I decided on goat cheese in this recipe because after I researched Irish cuisine I found that plain fermented yogurt plays a vital role in their diet. Especially in the old days. And goat cheese (or cheese in general) is big over there too!
And before I go, the pesto… oh em gee it’s a MUST. I plan on using it as salad dressing, toss with my zucchini noodles or GF pasta, or a topping for hummus! LOVE THIS PESTO!!
Kim Beaulieu says
These are absolute perfection. I love nachos and Irish nachos are just the best. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous.
And they are super tasty too! Thank you so much Kim!
Isabelle @ Crumb says
I clicked over here expecting to find the kind of loaded Irish nachos that my local pub serves, but these sound waaaaay better... I will happily take your beautiful, colourful plate all sprinkled with goat cheese and greens and pesto over the pub's sloppy mess of melted Velveeta and bacon bits!
Why thank you Isabelle! I really wanted these Nachos to reflect Ireland. Not slap some Mexican cheese and olives and call it Irish because the base is potatoes. I'm so happy you loved it! 😄
Jennifer Farley says
I love any and all nachos. This is my wheelhouse!
Thank you Jennifer!
Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish says
a) i love nachos b) i love goat cheese c) i love all those veggies piled high. YUMMM
It's SO SO good! lol I guess we think alike then! Thanks Kelly!
The Food Hunter says
beautiful photos of this delicious dish
Thank you so much Theresa!
oh, I would love to go to Ireland!!! So wonderful! And these machos - YUM!
Lora @savoringitaly says
How wonderful you are going to visit Ireland...oh, how I would love to go there one day! These nachos look fantastic!!!
This is the prettiest plate of nachos I ever saw! I'd almost feel bad diving in head first......almost.