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)

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.

1 lb hamburger
1 small chopped onion
2 tbsp chopped green pepper

Saute in skillet until browned. Drain.

1 pkg taco seasoning mix

Add.  May add a little water to make mixture slightly juicy. Spoon over rice to serve.

 chopped lettuce
chopped mushrooms
slices tomatoes
bean sprouts
chopped green peppers
crushed corn chips

Use any or all toppings as desired

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!

I am linking up with these great bloggers -- 

Love, Laughter (and a touch of) Insanity

Beth Fish Reads

Kitchen Flavours

Ms. enPlace

Okay, one last look at my mid-western, Mennonite style 


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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