Johnny Carino’s Italian Nachos Copycat Recipe
A few years ago, pre-kids and when part of my income was free to be spent on eating out willy nilly, I often had Italian Nachos at a Johnny Carino’s. These days I would rather spend the same amount of money on ingredients but be able to make two or three times as much. It is a delicious twist on the same ol’ nachos.
If you would like to skip making the chips yourself, try to find a very fresh, thin tortilla chip as a substitute. I found a great brand at a local Whole Foods.
Johnny Carino's Italian Nachos Copycat Recipe
- 1 Package wontons found in the produce section, cut on the diagonal to form triangles
- 1 package ground pork cook in a saute pan until browned
- 1 6- ounce package grilled chicken pieces sometimes found in the salad section
- 1 jar Pepperochini peppers I got mild
- Shaved Parmesan for garnish
- Optional: Diced Roma tomatoes sliced black olives
For the Cheese Sauce:
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
- 2 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or other good-quality Parmesan
- In a heavy, medium saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Add the garlic and then the flour and stir to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and whisk in the half-and-half little by little. Cook until thickened, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat; add 2 cups of the grated Parmesan. Season with the salt, pepper and stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Cover and set aside.
- Heat a heavy saucepan or deep fryer to medium. Cook the wontons until light brown. This only takes a few seconds per side. Set aside on paper towels to drain.
- Pile the wontons on a large serving platter. Drizzle with warm cheese sauce. Add sausage, chicken and peppers. Top with shaved Parmesan.