So it was a surprise to me when I was asked to write a "daily online read" for Harlequin that the idea I came up with was about a fallen Italian chef helping in her grandmother's pizzeria and the cook from across the street at the Mexican restaurant (of course, I set it in my Harmony Valley series for Harlequin). As they and their families compete, as they and their styles of cooking begins to blend, I found myself searching for something online I hadn't known existed - Mexican-Italian cuisine.
Here's a recipe for Italian Nachos - YUM!
Italian Pasta Chips
12 wonton wrappers
1 egg white, frothed
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon oregano or ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
½ pounds Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
1 (10 ounce) container Alfredo sauce
½ cup chopped tomato
¼ cup sliced green onion
1 (2 ¼) can sliced ripe olives
2 tablespoons pickled jalapeno peppers or chopped banana peppers
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1. Cut wontons into 4 triangles each and toss lightly in olive oil.
2. Cover a cookie sheet with a single layer of wontons.
3. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with oregano or Italian seasoning.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes or until lightly browned.
5. While cooking the nachos in the oven, heat the sauce, brown the Italian sausage and drain fat.
6. On a platter layer the pasta chips, sausage, and sauce. Top with the tomato, onions, olives and peppers. Finish with shredded cheese and red pepper flakes.
7. Place in warm oven for 5 minutes to melt cheese and serve.
If you'd like to read A Kiss for the Cook, it's a FREE READ during the month of November at Harlequin. This sweet romantic comedy will go up in chapter installments every day all month long. If you'd like to receive a set of companion Mexican-Italian cuisine recipes, sign up for my book release mailing list.
here. I have a FREE READ in this program as well - Married by Thanksgiving! I hope you all won't be doing all the cooking on Thanksgiving!