Italian Nachos

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Several years ago we visited an Italian restaurant that offered Italian Nachos on their menu. Fried pasta topped with Alfredo sauce, mozzarella, sausage, pepperoncini, black olives. How could you go wrong? They were decadent and delicious and repeat visits required this dish be ordered. Until our last visit, that is. They were off the menu and when we inquired the waitress said they wouldn’t be coming back. You can imagine my surprise when I saw the no-longer-available nachos delivered to another table. Seems if you were in with the manager you could still order them. We didn’t go back. Since then I have pondered them off and on and this year, for Super Bowl snacking, I decided it was time to make them.

First thing we had to do was break out the seldom used deep fryer. It was under several layers of dust and required a thorough cleaning before getting started. We cut wontons into triangles, deep fried them until golden brown. A light salting as they came out of the oil and then let them drain and cool.

Next we assembled the toppings: Alfredo sauce, Italian sausage (browned), mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, roasted red peppers, black olives. The toppings can be mixed up to meet your taste buds. I forgot to get pepperoncinis or they would have been on there as well.

On a baking sheet lined with foil (for easy cleanup) down went a layer of ‘chips’, drizzled Alfredo sauce, Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan and peppers. Each layer was repeated 2 more times before being topped with black olives (only on half…I don’t do olives on my half) before going into a hot oven (350 degrees) for about 15 minutes until hot and the cheese has melted.

Yup….just as good as we remembered.

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