Earlier this year, we partnered with Dorothy Creamery to participate in a cheese recipe contest! That’s right – Dorothy Creamery did the impossible: they got us whipping up food in our kitchen rather than ordering off a menu. We were up against a very worthy competitor, Cheese Sex Death, who ultimately took home the crown in our round for her awesome Rose Honey-Baked Brie with Pistachios. Even though our nachos didn’t win, we think they make for a damn fine lunch or game day snack, so we wanted to share the recipe with you! These come together in less than 15 minutes and the end result is colorful, cheesy, and downright tasty. Here’s how we made them!
Step One: Fry Up Some bacon
Is there any sweeter sound and smell in the world than that of bacon frying in a pan? We cooked ours in a large cast iron skillet. Once the bacon is on the verge of crispy, remove it from the pan and place it on a paper-towel lined plate, reserving the bacon grease.
Step Two: sauté scallions & banana peppers
I love and adore banana peppers (I eat them right out of the jar), and you know that we can’t have a recipe without scallions! When you’re chopping the scallions, reserve about a quarter cup of the top bright green part (keep them raw). Put these in the already hot cast iron pan with a bit of the leftover bacon grease.
Step Three: Add Kettle Chips
Jason had the idea to make nachos for our recipe, and it was also his idea to use kettle chips, which I loved! Everyone uses tortilla chips, but how many people make nachos with a crunchy kettle chip? Genius. I knew I married him for a reason. Add the kettle chips to the pan with the banana peppers and scallions, and then add the cooked bacon back to the pan and mix it all up.
Step Four: Cheese TIME
Let’s get cheesy, people. Grab your Dorothy Creamery cheese. We used two rounds of Comeback Cow and one Keep Dreaming. Cut the rind off of the cheese, and add it to a medium-sized saucepan with heavy cream. Cook on medium heat, stirring consistently until the cheese and cream have melted into a perfect, lump-free cheese sauce.
Step Five: Plate the Nachos
Add the kettle chip mixture to a plate and spoon the cheese sauce over the top. Sprinkle some of the reserved scallions on top, along with some cilantro, if you’re a fan!
Et voila! Optional step: take the cheese to your backyard and get some sexy photographs.