Eating Solo

Some people, when left to their own devices for dinner, might turn to takeout or leftovers. Nothing wrong with that, but I tend to take the opportunity to play with my food. Since it's just me, it tends to be something quick and it tends to take advantage of leftovers without just reheating them. I thought I'd share a fun fusion dinner I tossed together shortly after St. Patty's Day with leftover corned beef. Presenting Reuben Nachos:

It's a perfect solo dinner because it's quick, simple, and just a little bit naughty. That said, one plate of these guys had me skipping dessert and snuggling in with a good book for the evening. It's certainly not a bad way to end a solo night. Oh, in case you are wondering, these nachos pair particularly well with a chilled bottle of hard cider.

More than suggesting you make this particular recipe, although it is lovely and included below should you wish to do so, I'm taking this opportunity to sing the praises of thinking outside the box and playing with your food. Have leftovers? How can you give them new life? Are there a bunch of little bit of this and little bit of that items in your refrigerator? How can you use them together to make something fun and delicious? Is there an item in your kitchen that's always playing second fiddle to other ingredients in a recipe? How can you make that item the centerpiece of a recipe? Once you play around with some of those questions, you'll find your cooking taking on an element of fun and surprise that's particularly refreshing this time of the year, when something a little new is just what the doctor ordered. Happy cooking!

Reuben Nachos

  • 1 generous handful of thick corn tortilla chips (suitable for nachos or using with heavy dips)
  • 1 c. diced corned beef
  • 2/3 c. shredded cheese (choose your favorite variety or a blend)
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 T. Thousand Island salad dressing

Preheat the oven to 325° F. On an ovenproof plate, arrange the tortilla chips, diced corn beef, shredded cheese, and green onions. Place the plate in the preheated oven and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the beef is warmed. Generously drizzle the salad dressing over the top of the nachos and serve immediately, being cautious of the hot serving plate.

  • Yields: 1 serving
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes

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