During our first interview – or date – The Bearded One (who was not yet The Bearded One due to a lack of beard) announced, “I have a corgi named Judeau, J-U-D-E-A-U.” The statement rolled out so swiftly (and in a manner that indicated frequent recitation, probably to dispel the assumption of a more straightforward spelling, i.e. J-U-D-O) that I had to ask him to repeat it three times before I actually understood what he said.
I did not know it yet, but this first interview was actually the start of not one, but two love stories.
Judeau was just shy of his 9th birthday at the time and now we have celebrated his 15th year! To honor his Sweet 15 we all enjoyed a generous portion of both pup-friendly and human-friendly sweet potato nachos.
Two Large Sweet Potatoes
1 Can Garbanzo Beans, Rinsed & Drained
Swiss Cheese, shredded – quantity based on preference
White Cheddar Cheese, shredded – quantity based on preference
Human Only Additions:
1 Green Bell Pepper, sliced
1/3 Large Vidalia Onion, sliced
Avocado, sliced and limed (squeeze lime juice on it)
Fresh Tomato, diced
Red Pepper Flakes
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Wash and slice the sweet potatoes into thin rounds or half moons
- Drizzle with a little olive oil and add black pepper to the sweet potatoes meant for human consumption
- Roast for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through until the outside becomes golden and the edges crispy
- Meanwhile, add some oilive oil to a large pan and heat on medium high
- Give the bell peppers a head start of a couple minutes before adding the onions and sautéing all together
- Add the garlic
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and red pepper flaked to taste for about minute before removing form the heat
- Wilt the spinach – you can use the same pan as the other veggies or a clean one
Once everything is cooked, it’s time to assemble!
- Divide the sweet potatoes into human vs. puppy surfaces
- Top each with some spinach and garbanzo beans, and add the onions and peppers to the human pan – I kept it vegetarian but follow your heart
- Cover with cheese and return to a warm oven, 225°F or so à I made Judeau’s on a plate first and put it in with the oven off but still warm from the sweet potatoes so the cheese could melt and then I let it cool before serving it to him
- Top the human sweet potato nachos with fresh avocado and tomato and whatever else your heart desires
Now you can consume in harmony with your pup! When Judeau finished his serving he looked up and said, “Ok, I’m ready for more!”