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Reuben-Topped Irish Nachos

Preparation 25 min. 2017-08-19T00:25:00+00:00 Cook Time 22-27 min. 2017-08-19T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 1 large platter of nachos     adjust servings

Ingredients

Thousand Island Dressing

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup (natural or organic, see note)
  • 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish (natural or organic, see note)
  • 3/4 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot)
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Potatoes

  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Reuben Topping

  • 3 ounces extra-lean deli corned beef, chopped (see note)
  • 1 cup shredded, reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup sauerkraut (exact amount is personal preference), drained and gently pressed to remove extra moisture
  • finely chopped parsley (if desired), for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 475ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine dressing ingredients: Greek yogurt, ketchup, relish, vinegar, hot sauce, ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder, ⅛ teaspoon onion powder, and ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt. Cover and refrigerate until needed (can be made up to about two days ahead).
  3. Cut potatoes evenly into ⅛"-thick slices. (You can use a mandolin for this if you'd like, but I use a chef's knife. Either way, the key is to cut them very uniformly so they bake evenly.)
  4. In a large bowl, toss potato slices with olive oil until evenly coated. Sprinkle potatoes with ¾ teaspoon garlic powder, ¾ teaspoon onion powder, ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, and black pepper. Toss again to be sure spices are distributed very evenly. You may find that it's easiest to do this with your hands, rather than a mixing spoon.
  5. Place potato slices onto two parchment-lined baking sheets, spreading them out and making sure they don't touch or overlap (see note).
  6. Bake potato slices for 12-14 minutes. The exact baking times may vary if your potato slices aren't cut to ⅛" or if they aren't uniform in thickness. Check them periodically: you're looking for a warm, browned, toasty bit of color on the bottom of your slices, but you don't want them to burn.
  7. Carefully flip all slices over and continue baking on second side for about 5-8 minutes more, again checking periodically for doneness. If some of your slices are thinner than others, they may be ready sooner, and you may want to remove them to a plate while the other slices continue baking.
  8. When your potatoes are done baking, mound them into a pile in the center of one baking sheet, layering them as you do so with corned beef, cheese, and sauerkraut. Return the nachos to the oven for about 5 more minutes, to allow the toppings to warm and the cheese to melt.
  9. Garnish nachos with parsley, if desired, and serve with Thousand Island Dressing (you can drizzle the dressing on top, serve it alongside, or both).

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Recipe Notes

Ketchup and pickle relish: We recommend purchasing natural or organic brands of these two items whenever possible, in order to avoid brands that have high-fructose corn syrup and other "questionable" ingredients.

Corned beef: What you want to purchase is very lean corned beef, like what you would get at the deli counter, not a large corned beef brisket. While the extra-lean deli slices should weigh in at just a gram or so of fat per ounce, a brisket is often about three or four times that.

Spreading out the potatoes: Spreading the potatoes out is the key to getting them to roast properly. If they're baked in a pile or with too much overlap, they won't develop a toasty, crispy, beautifully browned, roasted exterior. Don't try to squeeze all your fries onto one baking sheet – simply use two baking sheets, and you'll get a much better result.