Hawaiian Haystacks Freezer Meal

Friday, December 28, 2012

I mentioned in a meal planning blog post that I was testing out Hawaiian Haystacks in the freezer and the outcome was GOOD!!!! So, here's my recipe....the original is here (there are beautiful photos there....that I'm not capable of!)

Makes 2 dinners, 4 servings each

8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
2/3 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
48 oz chicken broth (I used leftover homemade turkey stock once)
3 tsp dry Ranch Dressing seasoning packet
1/2 tsp garlic salt
4 cups cooked shredded chicken breast

Cooked brown rice, enough for your family

Here's where it gets fun...the toppings. The following is a list of the offerings we have put on our haystacks, but not all at once...that's just crazy talk! This last time we put a little Greek twist on things and it was fantastic too. My favorite is any combo that is sweet and salty....mmmmm. I know some of it might sound funky...but give it a try, it is now a family favorite in this house!!

-Chow Mein Crispy Noodles
-Sliced Green Onions
-Black Olives
-Pineapple tidbits
-Dried Cranberries
-Slivered Almonds
-Tomatoes (grape tomatoes work best)
-Shredded Cheese
-Feta Cheese
-Bacon Bits

1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Slowly whisk in flour, salt and pepper until smooth.
3. Slowly whisk in broth until smooth.
4. Raise temp to high and whisk until it thickens.
5. Add sour cream, ranch seasoning, garlic salt, and cooked chicken breast.
6. Serve chicken gravy over rice and cool the batch that is to be frozen.
7. We serve toppings at the table so that everyone in the family can customize to their liking.

For Freezer Meal:

Place cooled chicken gravy in ziploc bag or freezer container. Freeze rice separately, it thaws and reheats great!
Thaw in the fridge at least 24 hours.
Microwave to reheat, 5 minutes and then stir and heat to your liking.
Microwave the rice to reheat as well.
Serve as above, with any toppings you like!


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