HOME GROWN: Creative ways to make breadfruit nachos
I MUST SAY THANK YOU to all of the readers that emailed me to confirm that I am not alone in my love of breadfruit. I even received two super, and brilliantly composed, acrostic poems from a reader. Totally cool!
I was inundated with requests for the recipe for breadfruit nachos; truly recipes for breadfruit nachos are unlimited. The basic preparation of the breadfruit “chip” is a canvas for infinite possibilities.
I love the idea of breadfruit nachos, not withstanding my love for breadfruit, I’m entirely adverse to paying top prices for imported corn chips and salsa at the supermarket. A bag of chips and a jar of salsa, both packed with sodium and preservatives, can set you back more than $20 at the checkout.
The chip itself is simple, steamed breadfruit quartered and cut into eighth of an inch chips. It’s best to visualize a chip size that would “dip” well, you know what I mean, not too big or too small.
Have a heavy fry pan ready; you can either use butter, oil, or olive oil to fry the chips in. Fry until golden brown on both sides and there you have your canvas. The next step is to be creative!
I enjoy traditional Mexican chips and salsa. For “Mexican-style” breadfruit nachos, sprinkle the chips before cooking with a Mexican seasoning blend, and a little lime juice.
Once you have turned the chips in the pan, spread on a bit of salsa, and top with grated cheese. The finished nachos can be served with sour cream, guacamole, black beans. As you can see, the possibilities are endless.
Similarly, try breadfruit “pizza bites”. Kids will enjoy these without a doubt.
As you flip your chips to the second side spread on a bit of pizza sauce and top with mozzarella cheese.
For more adventurous adult palettes, substitute the pizza sauce with pesto, or a roasted garlic spread, then top with mozzarella.
I’d like to try a caramelized onions and goat cheese topping. Endless possibilities! Topped breadfruit chips would make an excellent appetizer for your next gathering. Your guests will be impressed!
Besides the above savoury options, sweet toppings would work equally as well. Experiment with sweet preserves or chutneys. Allow the “chip” to cool a bit and spread it with cream cheese, then top with something sweet. A lovely mango chutney, would be just the thing.
I hope I’ve inspired you to create your very own signature breadfruit nachos! Enjoy!