There's a little bar and grill downtown in our small suburb that we probably eat at just a little too frequently. Good food, good service, and a positive atmosphere, not to mention an ultra convenient location, keep us coming back often.
We often indulge in an appetizer with our meals there , and a family fave is the loaded potato chips -- fresh, hot potato chips, smothered in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce, topped with diced tomato, crumbled bacon, and chopped green onions. Seriously, does it get much better?
Tip: Try baking your bacon in the oven for perfectly cooked bacon with less mess!
Recreating my favorite restaurant foods at home is a little hobby of mine, so I figured I'd give these loaded potato chips for a game day snack. While I chose to go the completely homemade route, making my own potato chips and cheddar cheese sauce, you could easily just use store bought chips and melted Velveeta cheese -- promise I won't judge!
But if you do want give the homemade version a try, I'll share my favorite cheddar cheese sauce with you. It only takes about five minutes to make, and when you use a nice, sharp cheddar cheese (I chose Cracker Barrel sharp cheddar from Walmart), the flavor is delicious.
One thing I would note is that homemade cheese sauces are best eaten immediately, since they will firm back up as they cool. So if you're planning to serve this at a party where your guests may pick at it, rather than devour it immediately like my family, I'd probably recommend you use Velveeta instead.
When I choose a recipe that requires a number of steps like this for a get together, I'll typically choose something simpler to balance it out for the main course. I could have just ordered delivery pizza, but instead I picked up a couple of these Marketside take & bake pizzas at Walmart while I was picking up the ingredients for the loaded chips.
If you have yet to try these, I highly recommend them! Priced very reasonably ($6.98 for the large cheese and $7.98 for the large pepperoni), they bake up quickly to satisfy any appetite. I popped them in the oven while we were enjoying our appetizer, and they were ready by the time we finished.
Here are a few more game day faves you may want to try:
- 7-Layer Mexican Dip
- Baked Blue Cheese Dip
- Greek Veggie Crescent Appetizer Pizza
- Slow Cooker Chex Mix
- Walking Taco Recipe
To finish it all off, treat your guests to some of these easy Indoor S'Mores -- such a yummy treat!