Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Left over Holiday Turkey - Hawaiian Haystacks

What do rice, chicken/turkey, celery, raisins and Chinese noodles have in common?
I know - they seriously don't sound like they go together, but my family LOVES Hawaiian Haystacks.

I see it as an economical (and family friendly) way to yet again use some of those holiday left overs.  My kids see it as one of their favorite dinners.  Winner winner, chicken dinner.  (Sorry I couldn't resist there!)

1-2 c. chopped or shredded (bite size) cooked turkey or chicken
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. butter
2-3 c. milk
1-2 chicken bouillon cubes (for taste if desired)
2 c. rice (or 4 c. cooked rice)

In medium sized pan, heat 1 quart (4 cups) of water to boiling.  Add 1 t. salt, and 2 t. butter.  Bring to a boil.
Add 2 c. rice and again bring to a boil.  Allow to boil for 1 minute, then cover with a lid, and reduce the heat to low, and allow to simmer for 20 minutes without disturbing.

In the meantime, heat 1/4 c. butter in medium sauce pan, and once melted, mix in flour to form a roux.  Allow to cook for a minute, then slowly add milk, mixing quickly to prevent the flour from clumping.  With milk, thin to a gravy like consistency.  Dissolve salt and bullion into this mixture to taste.

Add cooked chicken or turkey (leftovers) and heat thoroughly.

Serve chicken/turkey gravy over cooked rice and top with the following as desired:
Chopped celery, raisins, chopped almonds, pineapple, dried coconut, peas, finely chopped green onions, Chinese Chow Mein noodles, peanuts, mandarin oranges, pomegranate seeds, tomatoes - pretty much anything you'd like.  Great for picky kids, because they get to choose their toppings!

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