Gluten Free Waffle Fry Irish Nachos

Last evening, after my brief nap following our 24hr charity event, I was craving some pretty unhealthy pub foods. Mozzarella sticks? Yes please… Onion rings? Where can I find them? Overloaded Nachos? Let’s do this, right now! It’s a common craving I have when I’m tired (does anyone else get like that?) but not having the energy for going out I took a look at what we had around the kitchen to see what I could pull together. A bag of waffle fries in the freezer and some left over salsa led me to the following delicious gluten free concoction:

Gluten Free Waffle Fry Irish Nachos
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bag Ora Ida Waffle fries (22oz bag)
  • 8 Cherry tomatoes, or one small tomato, thinly chopped and de-seeded (the drier the better)
  • ¼ a bell pepper, sliced length wise and in half once
  • 2 tablespoons onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 1-1.5 cups of shredded cheese of your choice (I used Mexican Blend)
  • salt, pepper, and/or cajun seasoning to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees as directed on packaging.
  2. Once oven is preheated lay the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes (or until your crispy preference), turning over half way through.
  3. As fries are cooking prep your vegetables as described above.
  4. Remove fries from the oven after 20 minutes and season them. Next layer on the bell pepper, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and salsa. Top with half the cheese.
  5. Turn the oven to high broil, and place the nachos back in the oven for 2.5 minutes.
  6. When the timer goes off top with the remaining cheese and return to the oven for another 2.5 minutes.
  7. Remove and enjoy, preferably while still hot!

These turned out damn good if I do say so myself, and quenched my cravings perfectly. They were also a great accompaniment to our TV night with friends to watch Once Upon a Time. So, give them a shot if your looking for an alternative to corn chip nachos!

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