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Grilled Nachos: A Summertime Favorite

It is warming up outside which means people will be spending more time outdoors, particularly cooking outdoors.  One of the best things about summer is grilled nachos.  Yes, you heard right. Grilled nachos.  With a little bit of prep work, this is a real crowd-pleaser.  The reason it works so well is that everyone gets the toppings they want!  People get to customize!  Read on to find out how you can have a nacho bar at your next gathering!

Grilled Nachos: The Necessities

  1. Baking pans, Pizza pans work great for this!
  2. Tortilla chips. You can use white or yellow corn chips, but if you want to change it up or add some color, you can opt for black bean and rice or red bean and rice chips.
  3. Ground beef cooked with taco seasoning
  4. Refried and/or black beans
  5. Jalapeno peppers, fresh, not pickled and cut into medallions.  I prefer to leave the seeds in for extra heat, but you can remove them if you want a milder nacho.
  6. Poblano peppers, chopped and seeds removed.
  7. White onion, chopped
  8. Shredded Mexican style cheese
  9. A Hot grill
  10. Salsa  or Pico de Gallo, guacamole, and/or sour cream:  These items go on after you have pulled your nachos off of the grill.

Grilled Nachos:  Assembly Line Strategy

Once you have all the above items prepped and in their own separate bowls, line them up on the counter or a table.  This will resemble an assembly line process.  People get their pan, fill it with chips and whichever toppings they desire.  Make sure to place the chips nicely on the pan, not just a pile.  This will help ensure that each chip gets its share of toppings.  Put the cheese on last, to help hold all those great toppings in place!

Fire Up the Grill!

Now you are ready for the grill.  You will want to make sure that the grill is preheated at medium high, and the grate is clean before you place your nacho pan onto the grill.  There is no real set time for them to cook since each pan is a custom job.  Just keep an eye on them, when your cheese is all melted and the edges are nice and crispy, they are ready to enjoy!

Get Geared Up!

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Central’s Week in Brief: June 3

Every Friday Central brings you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We’ll feature food news covering everything from the weird to the wonderful in the world of restaurants, schools, the military and more.  It’s our way to help you go into the weekend with a little extra knowledge and maybe even a project or recipe to try out!

New Food Pyramid

Last week we told you the well-known food pyramid was getting a change–and indeed it did! This week, the USDA released the new version of the food pyramid, which isn’t a pyramid at all.  It’s now a food plate! On it, you will find a plate which shows you how many fruits, vegetables, grains and protein you should be eating.

Image: ChooseMyPlate.gov

European E-Coli Outbreak

Europe is experiencing a new “super-toxic” E-coli outbreak of an unfamiliar bacteria that has left at least 18 people dead and over 1500 sick.  The source of this outbreak is still unknown and has spread to at least ten countries in the EU.

Burger King Revamping its Image

Burger King is saying sayonara to their King mascot and this Miami Herald article says the chain will be getting a dramatic makeover in advertising, menu items and even in the restaurants themselves.  By upgrading, they will be joining several of chains who have already done so.  No worries though, the famous Whopper isn’t going anywhere but they will be adding in more healthier items to the menu.

National Donut Day

June 3 is National Donut Day! There’s still some time left, both Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme are using social media to promote special offers. If you love donuts, be sure to take advantage of the occasion!

Summer Recipe

Since we just kicked off summer, which is also a kick off for grilling season, check out these tips for safe grilling from the Patch website.