Monday, January 10, 2011

A Hungry's Woman's Snack: Italian Nachos

If Italians made nachos, this is what I imagine they would be like...

It was created from hunger. And it was AWESOME. By accident. Sometimes, like myself, you may have an impulsive buy on something random like...Italian toasts (aka Panetini). And then halfway through the bag, you start to wonder what else you can do with them.

Feel free to add other ingredients--sausage or veggie sausage would be delicious on these too. And if you don't have fresh mozzarella, regular shredded mozzarella.

But, once again...I have no measurements for this recipe. If you are so regimented that you cannot cook without precise measurements, you are wasting your time on this blog--because I am not a regimented person. You'll have to use your judgement and put more or less of what you like and don't like into this 'creation' (for lack of a better term). Somehow, I feel like I might have insulted the Italians with this creation. Sorry.


Italian toasts or panetini (Nonni brand is very good)
Bruschetta topping (or a homemade concoction of diced tomatoes, dried basil, garlic salt, and olive oil)
Red onion, chopped
Mushrooms, chopped and sauteed
Basil pesto
Kalamata olives, chopped
Fresh (Buffalo) mozzarella, roughly chopped
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Salt & pepper, to taste
Extra virgin olive oil (optional)

Layer all ingredients in a pan (I used a small non-stick sheet pan). Start with the toasts and layer all the ingredients--dropping bruschetta topping and pesto onto the ingredients and ending with cheese(s). Feel free to season and drizzle with olive oil.

Broil (on low if you can) or roast until the cheese melts and starts to slightly brown.

Makes a really good appetizer. I hope you like it.

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