Jocelyn Delk Adams

Steak Nachos and The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book Giveaway

I am so excited to share this amazing nachos recipe from The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 16th edition, which is quickly becoming my new favorite book.  And I am even more excited to share a giveaway of this favorite book with one of our readers!  With well over 1,200 delicious recipes to choose from (along with almost as many gorgeous images to stare at all day like I sometimes do), each and every recipe is a must try.  I can’t wait to try my hand at the decadent Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese, Pumpkin Bars, and amazing brining techniques for Thanksgiving in the Holiday Favorites chapter, but I seriously had to dive right into the appetizer section and tackle these Nachos.

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Fall is officially here and so is football season.  Tailgating, parties and tempting recipes to go with them are cropping up everywhere, and I had to provide you with something that would be absolutely perfect for your next sports get-together.  Since my husband has officially taken up Fantasy Football, (again),  I know that soon I will be searching for ideas to plan some fun football parties.  Nachos are just the perfect appetizer to start any sports party with.

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When I saw this Nachos recipe in the new Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, I got so excited and knew this would be perfect to make now!  All of the ingredients come together perfectly in the most delicious way possible.  The layering of flavors and textures from crispy corn tortilla chips, seasoned meat, chunky salsa, hearty beans and melted gooey cheese should not be taken lightly.  It is plain addictive and simply unreal.

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I only made one change to this recipe.  I decided to use chopped steak instead of ground beef to add a level of sophistication, something you hardly see when nachos are involved.  In this book you will find great ways to make each recipe unique to your liking with the new concept “Make It Mine”, which gives home cooks, like you, the awesome opportunity to alter recipes based on what your preferences are and what you may have at home.  After I made my switch to steak, I added traditional toppings to this dish, like cilantro and green onions, and gobbled up at least half by myself (don’t tell anyone).

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As I mentioned before, you can win one of five copies being given away this week.  To enter, simply tell us in the comments below, “What Is Your Favorite Thing To Cook?”  We will conduct a random drawing from the received entries to select the winners.  You can see the official contest rules HERE.

It is safe to say that these nachos will be making appearance after appearance in my house during football season.  And I simply can’t wait to try even more recipes from the Cook Book that will be a huge hit!

Note: This contest has ended.

Kristin Porter

Game-Day Eats: Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Well it’s officially fall, and with the season of crunchy leaves and cooler temps comes televised football games on what feels like every day that ends in -y. The games are on so often at my house that the roar of the crowd has practically become soothing white noise for my 2 month-old son! I kid. (Kind of!)

Even if I’m not as excited by the constant kickoffs as my husband, there’s one thing I can get into – yummy, football-friendly appetizers like Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon. This decadent dip featuring tender artichoke hearts, chewy spinach, smokey bacon, and tangy blue cheese is the ultimate game-day treat. Perfect for dipping into at halftime or all game long.

Smokey bacon is what takes this otherwise ordinary spinach-artichoke dip and makes it extraordinary. I bought thick, center-cut bacon and let it sizzle low and slow over medium heat in my favorite cast-iron skillet until it was crisp yet still chewy. The kitchen smelled mouthwatering. 

The bacon is combined with the usual spin-art-dip players like light mayo, cream cheese, artichoke hearts, and spinach, then further amped up by the addition of tangy bleu cheese crumbles. Normally I’m not the biggest fan of blue cheese but the addition actually scored major points with me. It combined with the other flavors so deliciously!

The recipe calls for cooking the dip in a small crock pot, but kickoff was less than an hour away when I made this for my husband and me to enjoy. So, I scooped the mixture into a baking dish then topped it with grated parmesan cheese and baked it at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Perfect! Salty, savory, decadent. The ultimate game-day dip!

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