What is this Irish lass eating on Saint Patrick’s Day? Irish nachos! Crispy homemade potato chips are the base for this incredible dish, which can be customized to your heart’s desire. My favorite combo is crispy thick-cut bacon and flat-leaf parsley. It’s one perfect potato plate that makes this Irish girl’s heart swoon!
You can do this just as easily in a pan on the stove but you need to cook the potatoes in a single layer so I prefer to use my electric skillet since it’s much larger than a fry pan. I find the potatoes crisp up the nicest in shortening but I still add a little butter for flavor. If you want to make more than three potatoes worth of nachos, remove the finished potatoes to a cooling rack and start again. You don’t want to stack them early or they’ll lose their crispiness.
I’m always shocked when I click on therosetable.com and realize how few potato recipes I have. It always strikes me as weird since I eat potatoes every week of my life but I certainly never style them and do any sort of photoshoot! I certainly didn’t tonight either but in an effort to bring you more of my basics, here are some snaps from my iPhone. This recipe – or rather, this method – is simply too good not to share!
2 Tbsp shortening
1 Tbsp butter
3 Yukon gold potatoes
1/4 cup Irish cheddar cheese
2-4 strips of bacon (I won’t judge!)
1/4 cup Italian parsley and/or chives
- Thinly slice Yukon gold potatoes.
- Preheat electric skillet to 350 degrees.
- Melt shortening and butter in electric skillet. Layer potato slices evenly throughout skillet.
- Let cook for 7-10 minutes. While the potatoes are crisping up, cut bacon into lardons and cook in a nonstick skillet until crispy. Drain on a paper towel and set aside.
- Flip potatoes (I like tongs but you can use a spatula) and cook an additional five or so minutes until crispy on both sides.
- Sprinkle with Irish cheddar and cook another 2-3 minutes or until cheese has melted.
- Top with crispy bacon, parsley and/or chives. Serve with sour cream and enjoy!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day,