Some days, I am just in the mood for some good pub-inspired munchies. And these Irish Nachos are the perfect answer!
What are Irish Nachos, you say?
Okay, let’s be clear: they’re not really Irish and they’re not really nachos. Ha! The concept of nachos is there, but instead of chips the base is made of potato. That’s the "Irish" part.
And instead of layering with Mexican flavors, we use bacon, green onions, and cheese.
They deliver a truly delightful nacho-like experience. All the delicious tastes in every bite!
Why I Love These Nachos
These nachos start with waffle fries: lots of crispy edges surrounding soft potato pieces. Add plenty of shredded cheese and extra flavor from bacon and green onion.
Warm it all together to melt the cheese and meld the flavors. Then dollop with sour cream to serve.
What they really remind me of is baked potato skins, which used to be on every appetizer menu I knew of. Did they go out of style? They must have, but it seems that the concept is born again as Irish Nachos, with the same yummy taste I have always loved!
How to Make These Irish Nachos
Start with the potatoes. Cook them according to your preference: I used my air fryer for waffle fries.
You also need to cook and chop some bacon. Did you know you can make air fryer bacon? Handy little workhorse, that air fryer!
Then layer the potatoes in a flat baking dish. I use a 10-inch round Pyrex dish which works great. Place half the potatoes (this makes about a single layer) in the dish, then add half the cheese, bacon and onions. Repeat with the remaining potatoes, cheese, bacon and onions.
Bake for 10-15 minutes to warm everything through and get the cheese all nice and melty. Serve immediately, with sour cream.
The potatoes are the backbone of this dish, so I chose waffle fries as they are a little more sturdy and able to really carry the toppings. But you can also use regular french fries or cottage fries.
If you like to make your own from fresh potato slices, go for it! Some people try to make these with potato chips which sounds very easy but might get tricky with all the toppings.
For the cheese, I like to buy the bags of pre-shredded cheese. I’ve used both a Cheddar-Monterey Jack blend and a 3 cheese Mexican blend. Both were great. Some might prefer all shredded cheddar cheese. If you have a favorite flavor or blend here, go for it!
The bacon…well, bacon is definitely an expected flavor in potato skins. But since these are IRISH nachos, it seems to me that you could substitute corned beef! I haven’t tried it yet, but I really think it would be a delicious variation! And a great use of St Patty's Day leftovers!
More Recipes for St Patrick's Day
- 22 oz frozen waffle fries one bag
- Cooking spray
- ½ bunch green onions sliced
- ½ pound bacon cooked, cooled and chopped
- 2 cups shredded cheese mixed blend
- Cook waffle fries according to method of choice (oven or air fryer).
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Layer half the waffle fries in a flat baking dish. Sprinkle with half the cheese, bacon and onions.
- Repeat with the rest of the fries, and the cheese, bacon and onions.
- Bake in 375F oven for 10-15 minutes until warmed through and cheese is melted.
- Serve warm, with sour cream if desired.
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