I grew up eating this dish. It has been in our families dinner rotation as long as I can remember. For our birthdays we get to pick our favorite meal that our mom makes the Sunday before our birthday. A few of my siblings always add this into the rotation. This was the first meal that my husband ate with my family before we were married. And even though it is not in our dinner rotation as much as it was growing up we have in every month or so. It is such a simple meal. My kids love it. They think it is fun because they can add whatever they want on it. And it is just a good yummy easy meal.
The other day I posted a "teaser" on Instagram asking people what their favorite Hawaiian Haystack toppings were. I got a good variety of answers. Some like it simple with just rice, sauce, and cheese. Others like pineapple and coconut. And one of my friends commented that she likes french fried onions. That became the buzz of the whole conversation. Everyone could not wait to try them on top next time they make Hawaiian Haystacks. And I am right there with them I cannot wait to make this again and will make sure that I have some french fried onions to top it off!
I personally like the works. Rice, sauce, cheese, all the toppings, plus more cheese, topped with sour cream and salt and pepper! So the possibilities are endless! I can't wait to hear what you all top your Hawaiian Haystacks with!
1 (heaping) Tablespoon garlic, minced
Cream of chicken soup, family size
1 Tablespoon parsley, dried or fresh will work
1 pint sour cream
1 teaspoon pepper
green onion, chopped
almonds,sliced or slivered
sweet shredded coconut
french fried onions
black olives, sliced
cheddar cheese, grated
Boil chicken in water and add garlic. Remove chicken, shred and set aside. Save 2 cups of the stock! In a saucepan add your soup, chicken stock, parsley, and pepper. When it is smooth stir in sour cream and then add chicken in. Cook rice according to directions on package.
To assemble: Put rice on the plate, sprinkle a little cheese, add sauce, sprinkle more cheese, then add whatever toppings you like! Serve with a dollop of sour cream and salt and pepper!
* These can be made as simple or complex as you like them or with whatever you had on hand! They are just as good with just the rice, sauce, and cheese!