The secret to great looking party food is abundance. When I'm putting together a platter of any kind (even at a casual gameday party), I try to make it as abundant as possible. I know there are a lot of trends that present food in minimal style, but that goes against the way we inherently think about (and crave) food. I always want our guests to feel like they've been invited to indulge in an endless buffet of tempting treats - and the best way to do this is with full, bountiful platters of beautiful food.
Yep, I'm talking about Nachos. I know, a pretty fancy intro to one of the most basic appetizers of all time. However, I think most people forget about fixing nachos at home. They are the perfect bountiful looking appetizer to put out for a game day party... and verrrry simple.
That's what entertaining is all about, right? Easy food that everyone loves... and whether or not we want to admit it - we all love a huge pile of nachos. It might not be a slow-roasted beef tenderloin, but it is still an indulgence.
serves a crowd
1/2 lb. Steak
1 bag of tortilla chips
Monterey Jack Cheese
Pico de Gallo (recipe here)
Coat the steak in seasoning. Grill until medium rare - about 3 minutes on each side. Let rest for 5 minutes, then slice thinly.
First layer of chips.
Layer of shredded cheese.
Second layer of chips + Monterey Jack Cheese.
This is a perfect medium rare - you can use flank steak, strip or sirloin. Just slice it as thin as you can so it is easy to eat.
Pop it a 350 degree the oven for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
Then top with the pico de gallo (recipe, here, but you can also use store-bought) and sweet corn. For the corn, I just cut kernels off of the ears of corn - no cooking necessary.
Add fresh cilantro and sliced green onions for extra freshness.
Deee-lissssh-usssh, as Emma would say.