I have no idea why this is called Hawaiian Haystack, but that’s what everyone I know calls it. I had never had this meal in Hawaii before. This is not a common meal in Hawaii. I was first introduced to this meal in Utah.
For those who has never had this meal before, it starts with a base of rice and chicken gravy. Then you add your toppings. A list of suggested toppings are below. It may sound interesting to mix various toppings onto rice and chicken gravy, but it’s actually quite delicious. I was sketchy the first time I had this meal and now it’s a family favorite.
The other night, I had everything ready to make Hawaiian Haystacks. Then while looking in the pantry, I realized I didn’t have any cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup. I usually make a quick and easy chicken gravy from that. So instead, I came up with this recipe and it worked out quite well.
- 6 tablespoons of butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 can evaporated milk (12-ounce)
- 1 can chicken broth (14-ounce)
- 2-3 large chicken breasts, cooked and diced
- celery, diced
- 1 package of dried onion soup mix
1. In a pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the chicken, celery and flour. Mix until the flour is clumpy and well mixed with the chicken.
2. Slowly add the milk and broth into the mixture. Stir continuously as you add the liquids to get out the clumps of flour.
3. Once the gravy is smooth, add the package of dried onion soup mix and stir well. Allow it to cook over medium-low heat until the gravy is back to a boil and thickens.
4. Serve over rice and add toppings.
- cooked carrots, diced
- nuts (peanuts or cashews)
- boiled eggs, mashed
- beans (black or pinto)
- mandarin oranges, from the can
- shredded coconut
- chow mein noodles
- green or red peppers, diced
- tomatoes, diced
» Tell me… Have you had Hawaiian Haystacks before? What toppings do you like on it?