Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hawaiian Haystacks

Having company over for dinner?  Hawaiian Haystacks are perfect for feeding large groups!  My family came to visit us so I had 8 people to feed, but the glory of hawaiian haystacks is that they are low stress! I actually prepared almost everything the night before.  I chopped all of the vegetables, put the chow mein noodles in a bowl, even poured the cheese into a bowl.  I had a beautiful serving platter full of colorful toppings and the morning of, I threw the sauce ingredients into the slow cooker.  Then, after church, all I had to do was cook the rice!  It was amazing.  Added bonus:  Everyone assembles their own plate! So here ya go: 

Sauce Ingredients
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 (8oz) package of chive and onion cream cheese
1 c. chicken broth
2 c. chopped chicken

1.  Cook chicken.  Then, combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.  Once everything is melted and combined, reduce to medium-low and simmer for 8-10 minutes. 
1.  Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low until ready to eat! You can put the chicken in raw and let it cook in the sauce if you plan on leaving it for at least a few hours.  You can always cook it all on high if you need the chicken to cook faster.  

2.  First dish up the rice, spoon the sauce over, and then let everyone pile on their own toppings! 

Chopped green pepper
Chopped tomato
Chopped celery
Chopped green onion
Chopped pineapple 
Chopped mandarin oranges
Grated cheddar cheese
Chow mein noodles
Slivered almonds
Shredded coconut

I had all of the above toppings except for the oranges and the dish was a huge hit.   Filling, colorful, and flavorful!  I especially love all of the different textures in it!  So, invite friends and/or family over for dinner and serve up hawaiian haystacks!  

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