Dinner By Kristy, Cocktails by Kristen
If you cook for yourself often, the end of the week will bring stacks of leftovers, just waiting to be re-appropriated for another dish. Pizzas, stir-fry’s, salads and sandwiches are great ways to use up random leftovers, but our favorite way is a big plate of messy Nachos.
Here are our favorite toppings (feel free to mix and match):
1. Salsas: spicy bean salsa, mango salsa, fresh salsa, salsa verde, homemade heirloom tomato salsa with herbs from the garden, whatever you have in the pantry
2. Cheese: Queso Fresco, Grilled Haloumi, mixed shredded cheeses, fresh mozzarella, smoked gouda, any mixture as long as it melts (this means no soy!)
3. Meats/proteins: bits of pork loin, buffalo steak, or any meat you’ve cooked in a delicious sauce the night before; canned beans, tofu/tempeh (as long as its been drenched in spices/flavors)
4. Onions: Carmelized in beer, pickled, onion substitutes (shallot, scallion, leek)
5. Veggies: canned artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, spinach, stir-fried peppers & onions, olives, pickled vegetables (like asparagus, beans, carrots), hearts of palm, fresh tomato, any variety of hot peppers
6. The Chips: Blue/red corn combo, Nana Cocina (or another rustic, homemade style chip), bagel chips, toasted pita, plantain chips, veggie chips
7. Toppers: Guacamole (go old school, just avocado mashed with garlic powder and salt; or kick it up with hot sauce or chiles, fresh lime juice, cilantro, onion/tomato); sour cream or creme fraiche (seasoned with chipotle); fresh herbs
** Bake until brown and bubbly.
Serve with Kristen’s best Margarita recipe:
Alright, people, you are over-thinking it! The Margarita is one of the simplest, best tasting mixed drinks, but unlike your favorite jungle juice (I’m assuming you are 16 years old, naturally), proportion matters. Don’t mess this up! It is approximately ten times more delicious if you used fresh squeezed juice (2 oranges to 1 grapefruit to 1/2 lime).
3 ounces Tequila
1 1/2 ounces Triple Sec
(or if you are free pouring, 2 parts Tequila to 1 part Triple Sec)
Fill almost to the top with:
Fresh squeezed juice (that you already made)
Shake it! Then top it off with seltzer water (note: shake before adding seltzer or you’ll have a mess on your hands). The seltzer will cut down on the sweetness (and the headache the next morning) and add a little zing. Strain into two Rita glasses, throw a citrus wedge on the side of the glass and you are all professional-like.