Venus Trapped in Mars

06 January 2015

Alexia Sweet Potato Nachos + Truffle Parmesan Crinkle Cut Fries

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It is that time of year when everyone tunes in to all of the football. Yes, I've been psycho about football since August, but if you are just joining us, you've picked a great time to get in the game. Hah, puns. 

This past Sunday, we all piled into CB's house, just like we have every Sunday for the past 4 months, to watch the PLAYOFFS BAEEEEBAAAYYY! He has a pretty sweet setup for football. I remember when I first walked into his house, I was perplexed by the need for multiple TVs in the living room, but now I get it. All of the football, all at the same time. I'm not opposed to multiple TVs in my own living room, for the record. Contrary to popular belief, I utilize more channels than just ESPN. I'm thinking football on the big screen, Real Housewives on the little screen. Hmmmm now we're talking. Better write that idea down.

Before I get into the very important game day recipes I have for you today, while we are on the topic of football, I thought I would give you a tutorial on a call you may hear the refs make (or not make) during a football game. Without getting into any specific games or instances, three things can happen when a ball is thrown down the field to a wide receiver: 
1. Holding 
2. Pass Interference 
3. The defender simply plays good defense and there are no fouls on the play.

Holding is when you hold on to the guy's jersey before the ball is thrown. Pass interference is when you clearly are inhibiting the receivers opportunity to catch the ball. You gotta give the guy a chance. If there is contact, and the defender's back is to the ball, it is pass interference. But if there is contact and the defender is facing the ball, trying to catch it, that is just good defense!

Ok, I'll let you go ahead and decipher and form opinions about any recent controversial calls you may have heard. Now on to the good stuff, game time grub! 

I've got two recipes for you today featuring the deliciousness that is Alexia Sweet Potato Fries and Smart Classic Crinkle Cut fries, which are both perfect for #GameTimeGrub! I was able to shop at Walmart for both the crinkle cut and sweet potato fries. 

// Sweet Potato Nachos //
1 Bag of Alexia Sweet Potato Fries
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon chili powder 
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup of sweet corn
1 can black beans or red beans or refried beans.. whichever you prefer
Half bag of Tortilla chips
Half teaspoon butter
1 large minced clove garlic
1 and a half cups milk
2 tablespoons flour
¼ teaspoon salt
Half cup shredded Nacho or Monteray Jack cheese of choice

Recipe adapted from Food Network and Pinch of Yum
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees as directed on the Sweet Potato frozen fries instructions. In a medium bowl, toss the frozen fries with the olive oil, chili powder, and cumin. Bake sweet potato fries for time recommended on bag.

2. On a large plate, arrange your chips in a single layer. Microwave your beans and corn and scatter on top of your chips. When your sweet potato fries are finished baking, scatter those on top as well. 

3. In a small saucepan, melt your butter. Add your garlic and saute for a couple of minutes. Add ¾ cup milk and heat until simmering. Whisk the remaining ¾ cup milk with the flour, then add to your saucepan and stir until smooth. Your mixture will be very thick,  but I ended up adding some extra milk to make it a little less thick. Lower your heat and stir in the salt and the cheese until melted. Drizzle the cheese sauce over the nachos and top with cilantro (and if your name is Sarah Webb, more cheese). 

 // Truffle Parmesan Crinkle Cut Fries //
1 Bag of Smart Classic Crinkle Cut fries
Truffle Oil 
(or if you wanna save some pennies, I used Truffle Infused Olive Oil which tasted great)
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Recipe adapted from Everyday Occasions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees as directed on the instructions for the crinkle cut fries. Drizzle your truffle oil on a baking sheet, scatter fries across baking sheet, then top with another drizzle of truffle oil. Add a generous sprinkle of your grated parmesan cheese, as well as your thyme. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. 

2. Bake as directed, around 20-22 minutes. 

3. After you pull from oven, top with a little more parmesan cheese (football...remember?) and serve! 

For more great #GameTimeGrub ideas be sure to check out Alexia's Facebook and Pinterest pages


  1. o goodness those both look absolutely delicious and now my stomach is growling.

  2. So delicious. Which one did you like better? ...because I'm kind of dying over the sweet potato nachos.

  3. I laughed at "just add more cheese...because football" because I was thinking the same thing! Really, fries + cheese = can't go wrong. I will definitely try the truffle parmesan!

  4. Stop it!!! Stop it right now!! Holy heart attack yes please!!! I think I love you. #creeperstatus

  5. So going to have to try these. Congrats to you team winning on Sunday.

  6. Sweet...potato...nachos?? I need to make these stat! Hahaha, add more cheese because football is my new favorite phrase. :D

  7. Yet another day I haven't eaten lunch but I'm reading VTIM and all that will do is the recipe you've posted. haha so much for healthy salmon ;)

  8. I'll take one of each please :) YUM!

  9. Okay just gonna say it Sunday's Cowboys game was awesome!! We haven't cheered that loud in a long time! This weekend we might not have as good of luck against the Packers but one can hope! Go Cowboys!

  10. Oh boy.. These seem delish & may be a necessary addition to our Super Bowl party menu this year!!

  11. Oh my word do those both look delish! Gotta try that for the superbowl! :)

  12. I shouldn't have looked at this when I was hungry :-/

  13. Ok I like sweet potato and I like chips but sweet potato chips not so much just saying the crinkle cut ones though is another matter I will be looking for that oil when I do my shopping tomorrow

  14. Both of these sound crazy delicious!! Truffle oil is something that people either love or hate, and I love it!

  15. I want the fries. For dinner. Now. I'm so hungry ;)

  16. You'll just come live with me and make these, right?

  17. Can't really say that I'm a huge sweet potato fan but the Truffle Parmesan look delicious. So delicious actually that I had to grab my box of cheez its... I'm sitting at my desk and it's the only food option in my vicinity. Also... I'm swearing off the NFL since Peyton's out :( I was so sad yesterday!

  18. I'm not sure I would be able to choose between the two so I'd have to make both! Yum. #client


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