A speedy treat for the unexpected guest

Chef Wendy

A Speedy Treat for the Unexpected Guest

We are all familiar with, and look forward to, that wonderful winding-down feeling of a Friday afternoon.

After a long and hectic week, most of us just can’t wait to get home, sink into the couch and think about all that the weekend holds in store. Well, this is exactly what I had in mind this past Friday!

However, as fate would have it, I found myself in the kitchen frantically whipping together a fast and easy dinner recipe. As I mentioned recently, Friday evenings in my household are dedicated to pizza. Barry and I will usually take turns with assembling our creations, and this particular Friday I was officially off pizza duty. Unfortunately, being off pizza duty, however, does not mean that I am off shopping duty. As I pulled into a parking space outside Pick 'n Pay. I thought that I would quickly check in at home to make sure that we had all of the necessary ingredients.

It was at this point that Barry told me that we were expecting a friend of his who was on holiday in South Africa, and who had decided to pop by for the evening for a catch up.


Needless to say, cooking was really the last thing that I felt like doing after a busy week! So, with my pizza plans derailed, I had to think fast about what I could whip up in a matter of minutes as our friend was already on his way over. A colleague at work had mentioned that she had recently made an ‘adult’ version of nachos for her book club. With that in mind, I decided to adapt and simplify her version and, of course, throw in some blue cheese to feed my insatiable obsession. Here is my take on ‘grown-up’ nachos:

Nachos with Blue Cheese and Pears

250 g diced bacon

1 sachet KNORR Classic White Sauce

200 g blue cheese, crumbled

200 g nacho chips

125 g tinned pears, drained and sliced, or thin slices of fresh pear

50 g pecan nuts, roughly chopped


  • Place the oven onto the grill function.
  • Fry the diced bacon until crispy, then set aside.
  • Prepare the sachet of KNORR Classic White Sauce as per the on-pack instructions and add half of the crumbled blue cheese to it. Stir well until the blue cheese has melted into the sauce.
  • Arrange the nacho chips into a large, shallow ovenproof casserole dish, and make sure that the chips are well spread out.
  • Arrange the sliced pears over the nacho chips then scatter half of the chopped pecan nuts and fried bacon over the crispy dish.
  • Pour the prepared sauce over the nachos and top with the remaining crumbled blue cheese and pecan nuts.
  • Place into the oven for about 5 – 8 minutes to lightly brown the top of the nachos and melt the blue cheese, then serve immediately and tuck in.

Now, I must also mention that Barry is not as crazy about blue cheese as I am. However, he thoroughly enjoyed these! The crunchy texture paired with the sweetness of the pears and the tangy cheese made for a memorable snack. In fact, my obsession with this cheese runs so deep that it is on my ‘bucket list’ to visit the Italian town of Gorgonzola – I cannot think of a better foodie destination in the world.

I have been lucky enough to visit the medieval Swiss town of Gruyères– a breath taking little town that is home to just over one hundred residents who all live within the enclosure of the original fortress walls high up on a hill, and who spend their days making Gruyère cheese for the world’s consumption. What a blissful way to spend one’s days!

In any case, these ‘adult’ nachos were so simple to prepare and assemble, and the end result was seriously impressive. These would be perfect for serving while watching soccer or rugby – so go on and give them a try, or even create a twist of your own, and share your ideas with us! We’d love to know if you have any delicious, quick and easy recipes that are ideal for those unexpected moments. 

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