Saturday, February 7, 2015

Cookbook Countdown #72 -- Haystacks



Cookbook #72!
In my own personal Cookbook Countdown



If for any reason at all, you want to take a look at all the cookbooks I've 'counted down' so far, 

I have WAY too many cookbooks.  Any normal person would have a different collection that doesn't take up so much room!
But that's beside the point.
This week's cook book  is an old Mennonite one I've had for quite some time.
I went thru an Amish and Mennonite cook book phase in my cookbook collecting, because, let's face it:  it's good, simple, normal food.  Stuff like my grandma would make.
You can't go wrong.

Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets 
by Esther H. Shank
(it's laying on top of my fav-Friday Friend Cookbook)



Funniest quote from this recipe/cookbook night?
My son  was here the night I made "Haystacks" from this book.  Truth? It was a strange little combination of ingredients.  Honestly I was in a rush to get  thru another cookbook and really just opened the book and thought, Hey, I have that stuff, I'm making this!  Check one more cookbook off the list!
So, in a confused manner, he says, ,  " you just open the book and make random stuff?"
I said, "yep, pretty much."




This was actually pretty good.
Rice, hamburger and toppings layered as a 'haystack', with a little cheese sauce on top.

(we make a holiday cookie called Haystacks too, so this dish is discombobulating to me somewhat.  I just wondered if I could write discombobulating without spell check, and I DID IT!)
(Little things like that make me happy)

Haystacks
Mennonite Cooking


2 tbsp margarine
1 1/4 cup rice

Fry dry rice in margarine in pan until lightly browned.

3 cups hot water
1 tsp salt

Add to rice and heat to boiling.  Cover tightly and simmer for 20 minutes.
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1 lb hamburger
1 small chopped onion
2 tbsp chopped green pepper

Saute in skillet until browned. Drain.
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1 pkg taco seasoning mix

Add.  May add a little water to make mixture slightly juicy. Spoon over rice to serve.
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Toppings:
 chopped lettuce
chopped mushrooms
slices tomatoes
bean sprouts
chopped green peppers
crushed corn chips

Use any or all toppings as desired
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1 10oz can cheddar cheese soup, or 2 cups of your own cheese sauce.

Heat until hot through and spoon over top.



I didn't have bean sprouts or corn chips.
And I added shredded cheese and green onions to the toppings.
It you took away the rice and added a fried corn tortilla,
took away the cheese soup and added hot sauce,
You'd have a tostada! 

To be honest (it's the best policy, right?)
I prefer a tostada.
The rice was fine, but it was--white rice and while I like white rice, it seemed to blah for this.
In my humble opinion that is.
The Handyman's opinion:  That was good!!
My son's opinion:  I'm just gonna grab a tortilla.

And that's our story.

Cookbook Number 72 -- checked.  off.  the.   list!


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Okay, one last look at my mid-western, Mennonite style 
Haystack/tostada! 



5 comments:

Karen said...

Churches around here have Haystack dinners. I've never heard of them before. And yes, I think I'd prefer a tostada :)

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Debbie!
When I saw Haystacks in the title, I thought cookies for sure. What a delightful surprise!

I think it's so cool that you showed your son how impromptu "throwing" something yummy can be. I think it's even cooler that you spelled discombobulated correctly without spellcheck, lol...

I was on an Amish Mennonite cookbook kick for a while. Can't say I have this one though.

Thanks for sharing, Debbie...

P.S. I hope you'll be saving some of those cookbooks to share on Cookbook Wednesdays which will be starting back up come March! I'll be pinning this one:)

Laurie C said...

This post made me chuckle! I'm curious...Are you keeping this cookbook or discarding it, now that you've checked it off? I agree with you that this would go better on a corn tortilla or on cornbread!

Beth F said...

Great post. Love the family commentary. I can see that this is pretty much a tostada, which I'd probably like better. :)

Trish said...

Ha! When I saw the title of this I assumed it would be the haystack dessert.

This looks like something I would LOVE! Actually it looks a lot like what I had for dinner tonight except the cheese wasn't quite so nicely melted and I didn't have any green onion (but yum!). Looks delicious!

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