Monday Night Football begins tonight. I'm not ordinarily interested in it, but my homies are kicking off the season. Go, Niners.
I'll be the first to say that watching football should only be done via television. I've been to a few stadium games, and, dammit, there's no instant replay. You don't get that holograph-y yellow line on the field showing you where the — um — what does that yellow line show you? Something about "must get ball this far or the down was a wash."
TV gives you all these great angles. Cutting and swooshing and "OK, you, Camera 3." (That sounded pretty technical, didn't it?)
Basically, I can't understand the game unless I'm seeing it on the tube and listening to a couple of annoying hacks explain things to me.
But there's one thing you don't get when you're watching a football game at home.
Trust me, they're horrible. But when you're watching the game live, some lout in the seat behind you waddles down with a steaming paper tray of scary orange napalm squirted all over dead tortilla chips, and if you (and he) are lucky, he will have asked for extra jalapeños to be scattered all over this mess.
It smells so-o-o good!
I've actually succumbed to buying a tray of this crud, and regretted it.
But it smells so good!
So for tonight's game, I decided to re-create Stadium Nachos using good, local cheddar along with good, local jalapeños. The rest of the ingredients are not quite so local.
I started with a bechamel, and stirred in my cheese. Added a splash of broth for that odd liquidiness.
I toasted store-bought tortillas in the oven to make chips.
And I trotted out the newly pickled peppers.
The cheese sauce curdled. I don't know what's worse: curdled homemade cheese sauce made with nice ingredients, or that peculiar orange goo that's pumped out of industrial containers. Well, mine tasted better.
The chips were OK.
But the jalapeños? They smelled so good!