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Hi, this is Chef Chris Peitersen, Johnny Carino's Executive Chef. I'm always testing new dishes, trying new foods, looking for the next great dish at Johnny Carino's. I'll be sharing my culinary adventures with you. You'll get a sneak peak about what's on the horizon and the some behind the scenes action for how your favorite new dishes get to your plate.

January 25, 2011

There are certain things that I love about, friends and food.  I also happen to love football.....a lot.  I am no different than most people in that I love to watch my beloved teams win or lose.  I enjoy the excitement of a goal-line stand or an acrobatic catch to win the game.  Most importantly, football helps bring people together...we don't just watch it - we talk about it, we argue about it and of course, we EAT during all of this.  Super Bowl Sunday, which is less than 2 weeks away, has become a national holiday of sorts.  Whether you barely know what a "Down" is or you can explain the complexities of "Cover 2" defense, one thing is for sure - each one of us will likely be at some sort of gathering come Super Sunday.  And that gathering will include food, and lots of it.

This year, I wanted to share a Carino's secret and I am asked on a regular basis.  Our most popular appetizer is our Italian Nachos and the question that always comes up is - How do you make the pasta chips for those Italian Nachos?  Well, it is quite simple actually, and I think that Italian Nachos would be a tasty item to serve during an event such as the Super Bowl.   Give it a try and let me know what you think!

To Prepare Pasta Chips - Purchase won-ton wrappers from your local grocery store.  Peel the wrappers apart one sheet at a time and cut them into triangles approximately 3 inches long and 2 inches tall (size will vary based on brand of wrappers).  Drop wrappers into a small fryer (350 degrees F) for about 60 seconds until wrappers float and become crispy.   Be sure that wrappers are not sticking together when they go into the fryer.  Once fried, the wrapper will become chips.  Remove from fryer and place on paper towel to dry.

To Prepare Italian Nachos - Place pasta chips in a mound on a baking sheet tray.  Top chips with sliced jalapenos, sliced pepperoncinis, diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, sliced chicken and cooked ground Italian sausage.  Finally, top with shredded mozzarella cheese.  Bake in oven at 350 degrees F until cheese has turned golden brown.  Be careful not to burn chips.  Remove from oven and top with heated alfredo sauce and enjoy!