Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You probably won’t ever find me sitting in a pub downing Guinness or whisky, but I’ll definitely eat! So today, I’m sharing my crazy, tasty spin on traditional tavern food and Irish Corned Beef Potato Nachos are featured on my menu!
Those lucky Irish, with their abundance of potatoes! Spuds make a super great fuel choice for athletes, the complex carbs provide healthy energy to help nail workout and run goals. I did a whole blog post on this that you can check out HERE. Add corned beef from the deli, sharp white cheddar and a bit of cabbage should you care, and these nachos will have your taste buds dancing a jig.
Before you start layering up your ingredients in a cast-iron skillet, you’ll need to oven roast potato “chips”. This simply requires slicing and tossing with olive oil, salt and pepper — these also make a sensible snack on their own, straight off the baking sheet.
If you’re wondering what corned beef is, it has nothing to do with corn. The corn is a reference to the coarse salt (called “corns” of salt in the past) that is used to brine the brisket. You can slow-cook or smoke your corned beef at home, but I find it much easier to pick up a couple pounds pre made from the deli! Typically corned beef is made from the leanest, center part of the brisket which has also been carefully trimmed — so you don’t have to worry about this being a fatty, unhealthy protein choice.
The delicious, creamy drizzle you see on these nachos is Original Thousand Island from Litehouse Foods — I originally made this appetizer recipe just for them!
My hubby and I ate a batch of these Irish Corned Beef Potato Nachos as lunch during a full day of workouts at an Obstacle Course and American Ninja Warrior gym — in no time, our tanks were topped, and we were back at skipping through the shamrocks, hurdling over walls and swinging around like stealthy, sneaky little leprechauns.
You might not need luck, but you need good food to power up those ninja skills!
What are you doing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Have you ever been to an obstacle or ninja gym? Ever made an “alternate” nacho recipe? Please share in the comments – XOXO, Jennifer