It’s that time of year again… the time when weekends revolve around the “big game”. As avid sports fans, we always tend to have the TV tuned to football on Sunday, but for me, all of these games mean one thing… FOOD! Appetizers and cocktails rule my world, and I love any excuse to get in the kitchen and whip up something tasty. Bonus points if it’s something that comes together easily and doesn’t require a million ingredients. I like appetizers that people can help themselves to, finger foods that you can quickly pile on a plate so you don’t miss the big play.
I was on the lookout for something a little outside the box when I came up with this recipe for Greek-style nachos, and let me just say, I scored big points with this one (pun totally intended!). These nachos get a huge punch of flavor thanks to the pairing of Lindsay Olives along with other traditional Greek ingredients. Lindsay Olives are my go-to brand, because they don’t contain any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, only the good stuff. The superior flavor and texture of their olives helps to take these nachos to the next level.
So, what do you need to make these Greek nachos? I find it’s best to get started with a good drink in hand. The bloody Mary is a favorite of mine, particularly for those early Sunday games. As much as I love a cocktail full of flavor, when it comes to bloodies, these days it’s all about the garnish for me. I love the traditional stuff, such as a celery stalk and lime wedge, but occasionally I like to kick it up a notch with the addition of olives, bacon slices, a cheese cube, a piece of salami, or even shrimp. If you’re hosting a crowd for the game, I suggest setting up a bloody Mary bar of sorts. Place your drink mix and a bottle of vodka beside a bucket full of ice and some glasses, and then set out a bunch of tasty items, along with some skewers, so people can create their own bloody Mary garnish. I promise your guests will love you for this!
Okay, on to the nachos… These are so simple to throw together. I took some help in the form of bagged pita chips, and store-bought Tzatziki sauce, and then added in the fresh ingredients, like olives, tomato, red onion, cucumber, feta and spices. If you wanted to make them a bit heartier, you could always add shredded chicken or cooked ground lamb, but as is, they are great option for vegetarian guests. Either way, the crunchy pita chips combined with fresh olives and melted feta cheese are sure to be a hit!
- 2 Bags of plain flavored pita chips
- 1 6 oz container of Mediterranean Herb flavored feta cheese
- 1 2.25 oz can of Lindsay Olives sliced black olives
- 1 small tomato, diced
- 1/2 cup European cucumber, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- Tzatziki sauce for dipping
- 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- 2. Spread pita chips out on a large sheet pan.
- 3. Top evenly with diced ingredients, Lindsay Olives, and feta cheese.
- 4. Bake about 1o minutes, or until chips are warm and cheese melts.
- 5 Serve with Tzatziki sauce.
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Which team are you routing for this season?