I am addicted to cheese! I could probably stop talking right now and you would totally understand what I mean when you check out these recipes. But just for good measure, I’ll explain where this addiction came from. When I was pregnant with both of my children, I could eat cheese all day long! In fact, I ate nachos for dinner at least twice a week. I would melt tons of cheddar cheese on taco chips in the microwave and I was a happy pregnant-lady. These days, I have to be more careful with what I eat since I no longer have the excuse that I’m “eating for two” so loaded cheesy nachos are a special treat. With Shavuot just around the corner, it’s time to bring out that special treat!
There are so many things that can be done with the simple concept of a nacho. Sure, you could just melt cheese on chips and devour but I wanted to take it a few steps further for the holidays. First up is the fully-loaded Nacho Casserole. This is a great make-ahead casserole so you can enjoy your nachos day and night. Lots of cheddar cheese, corn, black beans, salsa and whatever else you can think of stacked in a casserole dish and baked to cheesy perfection!
To go in a completely different direction with nachos, you could also try using meat in these Chili Nacho Cups. Don’t worry, you can still use cheese with this recipe! Just go dairy free. My favorite is Daiya Pepperjack Non-Dairy Cheese because it melts like regular cheese and has a great kick of spice. You can also change it up and use fake-meat with real cheese. Either way, this is a great appetizer or hor d'oeuvres for the holidays.
Let’s not forget about dessert! Okay, so these Sweet Apricot Nachos don’t have any cheese on them but the fried won ton wrappers, powdered sugar, drizzled honey and apricot preserves certainly make up for it. Growing up, my Savtah used to make this very special dessert called hazenbluzen. She would cut won ton wrappers into strips and fry in hot oil until crisp. She would cover them in tons of powdered sugar and we couldn't stop eating these delicate treats! For this recipe, I cut the won ton wrappers into triangles and made my very own sweet chips for the best dessert nachos I've ever eaten. Even as I’m writing about them, I want more!
Happy Shavuot and I hope you enjoy your nachos!