First of all, happy St. Patrick’s Day!
And yes, we do celebrate it, in our own way, here at Chez GoughPubs since all sixteen of Mr. GoughPubs’s grandparents emigrated to the United States from Ireland. And tonight, as an appetizer, I made Irish Nachos.
Think of this as a kind of Tex-Mex/Irish fusion — french fries instead of nacho chips. And it’s very easy and fast to make. Assemble your ingredients: one package of frozen french fries (we prefer crinkle cut because they hold the side dips better); one 8-ounce package of Irish cheddar; plus salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.
Put the french fries into a pre-heated oven and bake as instructed. While they’re baking, grate the Irish cheddar cheese.
Once the fries have baked, remove from the oven, turn off the oven, then sprinkle the fries with 90 percent of the cheese.
Put the baking pan back in the oven for one to two minutes only to let the cheese melt. Remove again from the oven and put on a serving plate, then garnish with the sour cream, salsa, and guacamole.
Serve with Irish beer or stout (Guinness would be perfect). Or, for an elegant counter-weight, serve with a crisp Chardonnay.