By Steph Fleetman
I love nachos, cannolis, and football – And I'm certain I'm not alone.If your customers are like me, they're always searching for a unique appetizer, side, or dessert to dive into when gathering around watching Sunday night football (or Monday night, or Thursday night, or Saturday for that matter). So why not fulfill our quest for sweet, satisfying, conversation-starting [during commercials only, of course] deliciousness with a recipe that is sure to please the crowds?
Check out this fun twist on traditional cannolis – Cannoli Nachos. They are perfect when catering a tailgating party, feeding the masses at your sports bar and grill, hosting a football game get-together, or for adding some character to your dessert table no matter what the event!
Gather the following ingredients for the dip:
- (2) 25 oz. containers whole milk Ricotta cheese
- 2 1/2 cups (or to taste) powdered sugar
- 1 T vanilla
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 T cinnamon
Beat the ricotta cheese in a medium size mixing bowl until it is a smooth texture. Add the powdered sugar and mix until it’s fully combined. Add more or less powdered sugar to taste.
Add vanilla, chocolate chips, and cinnamon to the ricotta/powdered sugar mixture.
Mix with a spatula until it’s evenly combined. Set aside to chill.
Gather the following ingredients for the "chips":
- 2 2/3 cups flour
- 12-14 TBSP Marsala Wine
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 TBSP cinnamon
- 2 TBSP shortening
- 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix together.
After combining all of the ingredients together, roll into a ball. Flour your surface and place the dough on top.
Heat peanut oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the cannoli “chips” in the oil. Fry on one side for 3 minutes and flip to the other side until the dough begins to bubble and gets a little crusty. Set on a cooling rack to drain out the excess oil.
Once the chips are cooled, dip the ends into melted semi-sweet chocolate. Chop pistachio nuts and sprinkle on the chocolate for garnish.
Dip the rim of the bowl in chocolate like you would a margarita glass and sprinkle crushed pistachios on top for garnish. Fill your bowl with the dip and spread out the nacho chips. Enjoy!