Christian’s Corn Flake Nachos
If I could count the times my younger son has whipped up a plateful of these clever nachos for an after-school or evening snack, I'm sure the cheese total would be impressive.  Though one might think that crispy nachos couldn't be created in the microwave, it really works--and smells surprisingly delicious.  As an option, the nachos may be heated in the oven until the cheese is melted and gooey.

Yields 2 small kid servings or 1 big kid (or adult) serving.


  • 1-2/3 cup corn flakes
  • 1-1/2 ounces (about 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) shredded cheese (our favorites are Sargento’s sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and any of the Mexican blends…but they’re all good!)
  • Optional:  salsa or any other traditional nacho toppings


  1. Sprinkle half of the corn flakes on a microwave-safe plate. Scatter half of the cheese over top. Repeat layers. These amounts will get you started with a good cheese-to-flake ratio, and then you can eyeball going forward.
  2. Microwave on high for 37 seconds.  Top with a little salsa, if inclined, and dig in!


  • Sometimes, Christian adds a third layer. In that case he recommends 43 seconds, noting that all microwaves vary and after a time or two you’ll figure out the perfect amount of time for your masterpiece ; )

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