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    >> that's exactly the note i got this morning. just remind everyone why lester 's in the best. i said how about if we have sunny anderson do that, co-host of "the kitchen" on food network . you get to decide if lester 's in the best or if one of the ladies will win.

    >>> we have avocado black beans , pickled onions and jalapenos and a little sour cream . you're going to love them. make sure to get some ter reese sew on there.

    >> that's a good nacho.

    >> the blue chips , shredded chicken, black companies, i like to put a lot of vegetables. this there's pico de gallo , pickled jalapeno. you can dip it in guacamole, salsa --

    >> i didn't know we could have dip.

    >> i used greek yogurt instead of sour cream .

    >> this is my uber healthy 15-layer dip. i used barley for texture, ground turkey instead of beef, black beans and yogurt instead of sour cream . i season the yogurt a little bit. right? there's no more. what do you think?

    >> uh-huh.

    >> i sauted mushrooms, garlic, spinach, topped it with skirt steak and there's shrimp in there as well. shall lots and mozzarella cheese on top.

    >> okay. the three-second rule. i'm going to hang out with you.

    >> he's a ringer for lester . don't listen to him.

    >> very hard to answer when her mouth is full of four different chips.

    >> this is my queso blanco on the website. white cheddar.

    >> be honest, okay?

    >> this is really difficult. these are so different.

    >> be honest. pick mine.

    >> yours is more like a classic with a twist. yours is very healthy, it's tasty. this eight-layer thing is delicious.

    >> she knocked off five layers.

    >> there's like 20 layers in here.

    >> dylan, i know you paid me off. i got to tell you --

    >> whoo!

    >> can i just say i've never won anything cooking --

    >> delicious.

    >> she put barley in there. who puts barley in nachos?

    >> who would think i would like barley? seriously.

    >> you're not just saying that.

    >> i have to try it.

    >> you have to get all the layers in. it's really good.

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updated 1/31/2014 5:44:26 PM ET 2014-01-31T22:44:26

Recipe: Nachos blanco with roasted jalapeno salsa

  • For the chips:
  • 10 white corn tortillas, stacked and cut into 6 equal wedges
  • Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
  • Kosher salt
  • For the salsa:
  • 3 green jalapenos, halved and seeded
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated on a rasp
  • 1/2 cup Vidalia onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the cheese sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the chicken:
  • 1 4-inch stick
  • 1 stalk rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 10-15 sprigs thyme, leaves stripped and gently chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 4-inch cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 pound chicken strips or chicken breasts cut into strips
  • Water, for poaching

To make the chips:

In a large frying pan on medium-high heat, pour enough oil to fill it 1-inch deep. When oil begins to swirl, add tortilla wedges in batches and fry, flipping once until golden and a light tap sounds hollow, about 4 minutes total. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle each batch with a pinch of salt as they are placed on the plate. Once cool to the touch, transfer the chips to serving plates or platter.

To make the salsa:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss the jalapeno halves, onion and garlic with olive oil and arrange so that garlic cloves hide under the cavities of the jalapeno halves. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Roast in oven until jalapenos begin to blacken and char along with the onions, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and place all ingredients, oil included, into a food processor. Add cilantro, lime juice and chicken stock, blend until smooth. Taste the salsa and season with salt, if needed. Set aside.

To make the cheese sauce:

In a small pot on medium heat add the butter, oil, onions, a pinch of salt and a grind or two of pepper. Cook while stirring until the onions are tender, then add the flour and cook until the foam dies down but doesn't brown, about 2 minutes. Add the heavy cream and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Keep warm.

To prepare the chicken:

In a large pot add the rosemary, salt, thyme, garlic, cinnamon stick, peppercorns and chicken. Fill with enough water to leave about 3 inches at the top. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove chicken to a board and chop, discarding everything in the poaching pot. Toss the chopped chicken with ½ cup of the reserved salsa.

To assemble the nachos:

Evenly scatter the chicken over the chips, then drizzle the cheese sauce over the top and finish by topping with some of the remaining salsa.

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