This was always one of my kids’ favorite meals. Savory Haystacks for supper, and sweet Haystacks cookies for dessert!!!!! We were first introduced to Haystacks as a supper food when our family was invited to dinner after church. It’s been a staple in my repertoire ever since. It’s similar to Frito Pie, but with rice and taco toppings. And Haystack Cookies are my very favorite cookies that my mom used to make when I was a kid. Want to butter your kids up for something? Make them a batch of Haystacks. You’ll have them eating out of your hand! Ha ha!
I make my savory, Frito Taco Hay Stacks from leftover chili with beans. See my chili recipe HERE (it’s the second recipe down in the series on that page).
- Cooked Rice (I love Green Chili Rice! Just make rice as directed on package, substituting chicken broth for the water, and adding a small can of green chilis)
- 1 family size bag Fritos (regular or spicy)
- Make a pico-de-gallo with equal parts diced tomato, diced green onion, and diced fresh jalapeno (stems and seeds removed); add some chopped cilantro, the juice of one lime, and a pinch of kosher salt
- Chopped Romaine lettuce
- Chopped jumbo black olives
- Chopped jalapenos (fresh or pickled)
- Chopped avocado (or guacamole)
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Chopped Cilantro
- Make a dressing of equal parts salsa and sour cream
Place a handful of Fritos on each person’s plate
Top Fritos with a serving of rice
Ladle on some warmed up leftover chili
Top the chili with cheese, lettuce, avacado, pico, cilantro, and black olives
Pour dressing on top
1 (11-oz) pkg Butterscotch baking chips
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 (12-oz) pkg La Choy chow mein noodles
Melt butterscotch chips in the top pot of a double boiler (bottom pot should have a few inches of water and be brought to boiling), stirring constantly.
Once chips have melted, remove pan from heat and stir in peanut butter and peanuts. Add chow mein noodles and toss gently to coat them all over completely. Drop by spoonfuls onto a foil lined cookie sheet. Allow to cool and set up before serving. May be refrigerated to hasten the cooling/setting up process in warm climates.
“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (KJV)
FUN and GAMES
A fun after-supper game for the kids… Make a giant straw haystack in the back yard and hide it full of plastic Easter eggs. One Easter Egg can have a slip of paper inside with a picture of a needle on it. Whoever finds “the needle in the haystack” will win a special prize. All the other eggs can have candy, or trinkets, or even puzzles to solve – or that will lead them on a treasure hunt, or dares for the finder to act out in them. The kids will have so much fun finding the needle in the haystack, solving puzzles, searching for treasure, and acting out the dares!!! And when they are done, they’ll have a blast piling the hay back into a heap and pouncing into it over and over again. Great activity for when you want to have guests with kids over. The grown ups can gather around a fire while the kids are over yonder playing in the hay!
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25
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