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Bobby Flay's Brussels Sprout Nachos

Cover your chips in Muenster cheese sauce and Fresno chiles
40 Ratings
83% would make again
Bobby Flay's Brussels Sprout Nachos Will Change How You Feel About Nachos
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If you follow Bobby Flay on Instagram, you've probably seen his adorable cat, Nacho—the bright-orange feline friend who's constantly by Flay's side. Gearing up for the Super Bowl, we could think of no one better than the Food Network star to make us nachos, so long as a special appearance from Nacho himself was part of the deal. We're so glad we asked. Flay layers blue corn tortilla chips with Muenster cheese sauce, pickled onions and Fresno chiles for a sharp and tangy platter of nachos your game-day crowd will love.

The cheese sauce is a play on the classic French Mornay, which is made up of roux-thickened béchamel mixed with cheese. You'll want to make the sauce shortly before assembling the dish, because as it cools, it will clump. Be sure to keep it warm until plating and stir often to prevent the bottom from burning.

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Bobby Flay's Brussels Sprout Nachos

Recipe adapted from Bobby Flay

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes, plus pickling time

Total Time: 45 minutes, plus pickling time

Ingredients

For the Pickled Onions:

¾ cup red wine vinegar

½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

¼ cup water

2 tablespoons grenadine

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 red onion, thinly sliced

For the Pickled Fresno Chiles:

2 cups red wine vinegar

¼ cup water

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

4 large Fresno chiles, thinly sliced

For the Muenster Cheese Sauce:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups whole milk, heated

8 ounces Muenster cheese, finely chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Hot sauce, to taste 

For the Nachos:

One 8¼-ounce bag blue tortilla chips

3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil

12 ounces (24 medium) Brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Muenster cheese sauce

Pickled red onions

Pickled Fresno chiles

¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish

Finely grated lime zest, for garnish

Directions

1. Make the pickled onions: In a small saucepan, combine all the onion pickling ingredients, except the onions, over high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

2. Place the onions in a heatproof container with a lid and pour the pickling mixture over them. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 48 hours.

3. Make the pickled Fresnos: In a small saucepan, combine all the Fresno pickling ingredients, except the chiles, over high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar has melted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

4. Place the chiles in a heatproof container with a lid and pour the pickling mixture over them. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 48 hours.

5. Make the cheese sauce: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook until pale blond, 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened and the raw flour taste has been cooked out, 5 to 6 minutes.

6. Reduce the heat to low and add the cheese. Let sit for 1 minute, then whisk until smooth. Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Cover and keep warm.

7. Assemble the nachos: Preheat the oven to 200°. On a large baking sheet, spread out the tortilla chips in an even layer. Heat the chips in the oven while you prepare the rest of the dish.

8 In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

9. Pour some of the warm cheese sauce onto a large platter. Top with a layer of the warm chips and more sauce. Sprinkle some of the Brussels sprouts, pickled onions and chiles over the sauce, then repeat to make one more layer. Garnish with cilantro and lime zest, then serve.

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