NACHOS, SIMPLE AND SUBLIME
While cruising on Sasha, our Island Packet 40, my husband, Radd, and I always welcome guests. We were in the Bahamas, having made our fourth crossing from Ponce Inlet, Florida, our home port. Our nephew, Logan, and his fiancee, Lindsay, had just joined us for a week of cruising in the Abacos. It was their first Bahamas visit, and their first sailing cruise; they were eager to participate in the sailing and learn about both. ¶ When cocktail-and-appetizer time came, we wanted to serve something substantial. Before long, frying-pan nachos were born! Our creation was a hit with our young guests. In the Bahamas, ingredients were a cinch: We could find large blocks of cheese at reasonable prices, even in remote grocery stores. Chicken and tortilla chips could be found in most places. These easy nachos can be made very simply, even with just tortilla chips and cheese, or made heartier using a variety of toppings, depending on what you have on board or can find in local markets (see “Nachos Sublime” below for suggestions). From the simple to the sublime, frying-pan nachos are quick, easy, use only one pan to prepare and serve, and can be made even in a very basic galley.