This is another recipe in the "In the Comfort of Family, Friends and Home" series. To me it seems a perfect thing to make for a Sunday afternoon of watching football. It would also be perfect on a frosty evening just prior to Halloween...pumpkin carving, hot apple cider (apple cider Sangria?), and having fun. Here is the text and recipe from Ellie Andrew's email of September 25, 2003:
"Well, I started responding this morning and had to leave for a meeting. When I got back, my computer had bumped me off and it was lost with it. So I start again!
"Sorry, I got sidetracked the last month and didn't respond to your requests for stuff for the book. When I think of comfort food (besides macaroni and cheese which is the ultimate comfort food as far as I'm concerned), along with a Mai Tai or two! I think of what has been fondly called by my family, "Mom's Nachos" - a dish that is really a main meal. The kids have gotten so attached to it that they request it whenever their friends come over for the evening, even above pizza now. Since who the heck really knows who this "Mom" is, maybe you should just call it "Ellie's Nachos" since it is my own rendition of something I saw many years ago. Here it is -
1 1/2 pounds 97% fat free ground turkey
1 can Campbells mushroom soup
About 1/2 to 3/4 cups of Salsa of whatever strength your palette can handle
Enough taco chips to cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan with a layer or two
1 to 1 1/2 pounds of shredded cheese. I use a mix of mozzarella, CoJack & cheddar. But follow your taste.
"Brown the turkey & drains juices if there are a lot. Combine with mushroom soup and salsa and warm until bubbly. Spoon over the chips in the 9 x 13 pan. Cover with shredded cheese. Bake in oven until cheese is totally melted and then turn on broiler just long enough to brown the top. Cut into big squares with a large spatula and enjoy!
"You can make this in any quantities you want. I've had 15 kids around and just made more in bigger pans and it's just as easy.
"So that's the first thing that comes to mind. I'll write more tomorrow.
"PS - want a waffle recipe? (HeeHee!) I make them when it snows
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