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"Hawaiian" style mac salad

Maggie Mae

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This is NOT your grandmothers macaroni salad, and I am not Hawaiian. This is more of a knockoff of the West Coast chain restaurant - L&L. Found in food courts, this recipe is far from healthy. 

Salt your water. This is the only time you get to season your pasta. So dump some kosher salt in the water. Alton Brown I believe once said it should taste like mermaid tears. I use a fair amount and find it difficult to add too much. 

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Boil the water and cook the noodles. I use elbow noodles, but I also live in a far off place and often Safeway is out. So unless I'm in the mood to head down the road and find out that Freddie's is out too, I will substitute mini penne or something else similar in size. Noodles should be Al dente. I don't have times for you. Taste your noodles or follow the directions on the box.

Drain the noodles. Rinse with cold water to stop them from cooking. I do a quick rinse and then add them to the mayo while still warm. This is a personal preference. If your noodles are still warm, they will absorb the mayo. If they are chilled, they get the silky dressing that other people prefer. Good cooking is about knowing your own tastes. 20180612_190226.thumb.jpg.b112632a0cdb5356eb548015993b5200.jpg

 

Add them to the chopped onion, green onion, and 🥕. I usually do my veggie prep first. So hopefully you followed the one rule of cooking and read the entire recipe before starting. 

I usually use about 1 cup of mayo to 1/2 a pound of dry noodles (half a box). 

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I think it goes well with a shot of Jameson, the food of my people. The cutting board looks dirty, but it's also stained with bad lighting. I don't wash between veggies, but i do clean and santatize after working with meat.

Once everything is combined, shove the entire concoction in the fridge. Let the flavors get to know each other. 

 

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Don't forget to salt the water! 

Oh, and white pepper at the end. It'll look better than black pepper. 

 

You can pair this with fake kalua pork. Take a pork butt, rub with liquid smoke and salt, and place in a crock pot. Cover and cook until it's done. Shred with a fork. Eat.

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41 minutes ago, WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo? said:

Do you have a picture of the finished salad, by any chance? :)

I took these photos a year ago. Obviously I started drinking and forgot to keep taking pics. Give me a few days and I'll make some more. My SO loves it. So does my best female friend. 

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