Monday, April 23, 2018
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Global flavors: Celebrate the Olympics with creative nacho recipes

The global experience that is the Olympics has returned, and that gives us a fun opportunity to learn about different countries and parts of the world while watching the triple axels and halfpipes.

Food is one way to bring far-off places a little closer to home, and snack foods are perfect for eating by the TV. I propose that you could probably come up with a riff on nachos for every country ó from South Korea, which is hosting the games on the slopes of Pyeongchang, to the not-so-wintry South Africa, which had hoped to send its first black Alpine skier.

To start, find the countryís best-known (or most appealing) meat or protein source ó think German sausage or tandoor chicken. Make sure the main meat or vegetable isnít too soggy, or else your crunchy bed of chips will get mushy. Then look for other side dishes, signature spices, garnishes and sauces associated with that meat and part of the world to add to your culinary creation.

For a Thai-spiced chicken, youíd add cilantro, sriracha and maybe a lime rice; for an impressive plate of Korean nachos, layer bulgogi beef, scallions, gochujang and kimchi. Donít forget the regional U.S. staples, such as barbecue nachos with pulled chicken or pork, shredded cabbage and pickles.

Youíll notice that nearly every nacho creation has some form of pickled element to balance out the heaviness of cheese and meat. It illustrates the point: When it comes to snacking, you just canít beat a good chip with a bite of something delicious on top.

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