I have really been craving (vegan) junk food here lately. I could care less about Snickers knock-offs. What I really want is: Nachos. Chips. Salty, and a GOOEY MESS.
Oops. Probably should have warned you.
Well, today is another tale of how a gooey mess and a salty crunch got the best of me. Again.
Go make these; now. And watch “Fever Pitch” while you’re at it. Ooh, and drink a beer. These babies beg for beer!
Chana Masala Nachos
3 large handfuls of tortilla chips, divided
1 cup chana masala
2 handfuls shredded “cheese” (I used a vegan cheddar cheese blend – but use any other vegan Mexican goodness out there that you find – Monterrey Jack, Pepper Jack, Cheddar… am I missing any?)
cashew cheese sauce (for topping – see recipe below)
Additional toppings: sliced jalapeños, sliced scallions (green parts only), sliced pickled onions, chopped tomatoes, sprouts (!?!?!!)
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Do now. The prep-work will go by SUPER FAST. Or – SUPA FAST (depending on the last time you watched Flava Flave in that bad reality t.v. show).
Grease a baking pan with cooking spray or a *touch* of oil. Evenly spread 1 and 1/2 handfuls of chips on the bottom of the pan. Top with 1/2 cup of chana masala. Then, top with one handful of cheese. Next, repeat layers with remaining ingredients (except for cashew cheese spread): chips, chana masala, cheese. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven (WHAT?!?). Allow to cool.
Meanwhile – make “Cashew Cheese Spread.” SUPA Fancy.
Cashew Cheese Spread Recipe: In a blender, combine 1/2 cup raw cashews, 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds, 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast, 1/2 cup water, and salt and pepper – to taste. Blend until smooth. Makes about 1/2 cup. WAIT, YOU’RE NOT FINISHED!
Now, to make Cashew Cheese Sauce: Take out a few tablespoons of Cashew Cheese Spread (think: 2), thin with a bit of “milk” – do this by stirring in a teaspoon at a time until it reaches a pourable (Yogurt-like) consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Next, drop it by “dollops” onto cooled nachos.
Makes: a very large plate of nachos. Serve with salad… so you don’t eat the entire plate.