Breakfast Nachos

I love a nacho. They are good any time of day, they are easy to share (but also it’s insanely easy to eat an entire pan alone,) they are crunchy, salty, cheesy, warm, and endlessly customizable. Breakfast food is my favorite food, so creating a breakfast nacho was a no-brainer.

I think that the order in which you layer nacho ingredients is crucial to getting a little bit of everything on each chip, so make sure to layer slowly.

Start by scrambling 2 or 3 eggs, however many you’d like! For this purpose, we want a more firm scramble, so it crumbles easily and doesn’t make the chips soggy.

An extra step that is unnecessary, but makes a difference, is to rinse a can of beans and warm them in a small pan on low with a little butter or olive oil, and some salt and ground cumin. I think it helps to make nachos with warm ingredients, but you do you!

Lastly, prep your bacon, ham, or sausage. Cook it how you like and chop or crumble into little bits! If you don’t eat meat, this is still so delicious without!

Move a rack in your oven close to your boiler, but not too close that your nachos will hit the heating unit.

Turn on your oven broiler, usually it automatically goes to 500 or 550 degrees Fahrenheit.

Start with a large sheet pan lined in foil (or don’t line it and spend half a day scraping cheese bits off the pan like me). Spread one single layer of your favorite tortilla chips in the pan, and sprinkle the chips with a VERY light layer of grated cheddar. To make sure I get a solid layer of chips, I like to put down a bunch of big chips, and then fill in the gaps with smaller broken chips. Cheese doesn’t do anyone any good if it falls through to the pan, you want to make sure your chips are like a puzzle or mosaic!

After your initial light layer of cheese, go for beans (I prefer whole black, but little dollops of refried beans are great too!). Then half of your crumbled or chopped meat, and half of your scrambled eggs.

Next is another layer of cheese. Then, I like to do another layer or half layer of chips. For the second layer, it doesn’t matter as much that you get all your chip holes filled, because your first layer will catch any extra drippings. Repeat your light cheese, and the remainder of your beans, meat, and eggs. Cover with your final layer of cheese, and pop it under the broiler for a few minutes until all the cheese is melted! If the top cheese is burning but the bottom cheese is not melting, move the pan to a lower rack for a few minutes. It is crucial that you do not take your eyes off your nachos while they are in the oven! They will burn in an instant, so make sure you can see it clearly through the window with the oven light on, or if your oven doesn’t have a window, keep the oven door ajar just enough that you can keep an eye on it. Feel free to rotate your pan if it is melting unevenly.

Once every piece of cheese is melted to your liking, take out your nachos and top generously with cilantro (or whatever herb you like if you are against cilantro!) and hot sauce!

I like to just put trivets down wherever I will be serving this, and eat it straight out of the pan! Enjoy!

Breakfast Nachos

  • Servings: 2 for a meal, 4 for an appetizer
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An anytime meal or snack that always lifts the spirits!


Ingredients

  • Tortilla chips (about 3 or 4 cups)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can of beans (Black, pinto, or refried)
  • pinch of cumin and salt for the beans
  • 1/2 cup breakfast meat of your choice (bacon, ham, sausage)
  • 2 cups grated cheddar
  • Cilantro and hot sauce for topping

Directions

  1. Drain and rinse beans. Put in a small pan on low heat with a pinch of cumin and a pinch of salt.
  2. Scramble eggs in a separate pan with a little salt and butter.
  3. Cook the breakfast meat of your choice.
  4. Arrange racks and turn oven broiler on.
  5. Spread chips out on a lined sheet pan, being sure to fill in as many gaps as possible with smaller chips.
  6. Starting from the bottom, the layers should be, chips, cheese, beans, eggs, meat, more cheese, then repeat with another layer, beginning with chips.
  7. Put your pan in the oven for just a few minutes, keep a close eye on it and remove when all cheese is melted.
  8. Top with hot sauce and cilantro, serve while warm, straight out of the pan!


Sheet Pan Pizza

Something about homemade pizza satisfies a different craving than from a pizzeria (or Costco, who doesn’t love Costco pizza!). This recipe is so adaptable to what you like, so feel free to really make this your own. This recipe can be made into a half day project if you are looking for one, or it can be simplified into an easy weeknight dinner.

I like to use The King Arthur Baking Company recipe for sourdough pizza crust, but you can use whatever recipe you like, or get pizza dough pre-made at the grocery store, Trader Joe’s has a great one! I like using my sourdough starter for pizza crust, because it feels more forgiving than bread, which I still struggle with (don’t we all have better bread aspirations?)

Once your dough (homemade or pre-bought) is ready to go, oil a sheet pan and put your dough in the pan, pushing it slowly to the edges. If you need to let it relax for a few minutes, that can help if it is feeling stiff or stubborn. When your dough fills the pan nicely, let it rest for a few minutes just to help the yeast and gluten get happy.

I like to use bottled tomato sauce for this, but I have a strong aversion to chunks, so I make sure to throw my Rao’s in a blender first! Use whatever flavor makes you happy, marinara, vodka, or arrabbiata all work really well! Spread a medium thin layer of sauce over your dough, using a large spoon or a small ladle.

Toppings are so variable, but I like to make sure to use a mix of different textured items. I like to put items in the first layer that don’t need much cooking or crisping, and items that I really want to get oozy and crispy near the top. For example, I start by putting sliced garlic right on the sauce, because I don’t want it to burn, then I’ll do cooked ham, thinly sliced cremini mushrooms, halved cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, spinach, thinly sliced Serrano, jalapeño, or Anaheim pepper, and whatever else I have in the fridge! Homemade pizza is such a good opportunity to use up little bits of things you’ve got hanging around in the kitchen.

Now the important part here is to cook it following the directions on whatever dough you use, and add your cheese half way through cooking! Because pizza needs to be at such a high temperature in the oven, your cheese will likely burn before you get a nice fluffy chewy crust. So pull it out with about 7 minutes left of your cook time, and add your cheese! I do fresh mozzarella, but you can use what you like! Once it is all done and I have crispy edges and my cheese has little brown bubble bits on it (I like things with a little color on them) pull your pizza out and top with any fresh herbs that you have, basil, chives, or oregano are my favorites, and also a little freshly grated Parmesan doesn’t hurt!

Let it cool for a minute, slide it using tongs onto your work surface or cutting board, and cut it into any shape you like. My fiancee and I tend to like different things on our pizza, so this recipe is perfect and totally big enough to be able to customize different halves or quadrants depending on what you and your family like. Usually in our house one side is meat/cheese and one side (my side) is a little more veg heavy- no judgement here!

Here’s a list of other fun toppings that you can mix and match:

marinated artichoke hearts

olives

pesto

pepperoni

sausage

shredded chicken (rotisserie? Yum!)

kale

chard

shaved brussels sprouts

prosciutto

thinly sliced potatoes (purple potatoes give a fun color!)

ricotta, fontina, gruyere, asiago- the sky’s the limit with cheese options!

sun dried tomatoes

roasted red peppers

arugula (I love to very very lightly dress arugula with evoo and salt and put a big handful on pizza as an after cooking topping, it adds a bright, fresh flavor and texture!)

Go nuts, it’s your pizza! You want pineapple, American cheese, or Caesar salad dressing? Nobody can stop you, live your life!

Sheet Pan Pizza

A framework for homemade pizza!

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough
  • Sauce of your choice (tomato, pesto, béchamel… whatever you like)
  • Toppings of your choice (if you’re stuck, pick one meat, one veg, and some pine nuts, done!)
  • Cheese of your choice (don’t be afraid to use more than one!)
  • After cooking toppings of your choice (more cheese, fresh herbs, more sauce, whatever you want!)

Directions

  1. Oil a half sheet pan, and slowly push your dough into the sides and corners until it is an even thickness
  2. Put your sauce and toppings of choice on, but hold off on the cheese for a sec!
  3. Follow the cooking directions for whatever dough you are using, and when you have 7 ish minutes left of cooking time, add your cheese
  4. When the pizza is done, pull it out and top with whatever additional toppings you like!
  5. Let it cool for a minute or two, and then slide the whole pizza onto a cutting board using tongs.
  6. Slice and Enjoy!