Friday, February 27, 2009
Cheryl's Kicked up Macaroni Salad
I am getting adventurous, I tell ya! My hubby has been gone for almost a whole week now and I actually made this pasta, and took the pictures all by myself, I feel like such a big girl! Kidding, I enjoy his input and suggestions, and he takes the photo's with his fancy camera, but I decided to try it myself this time! Tell me what you think?
My Sister In Law had a 41st Bday party (yes I know you are still younger than me), and I wanted to make Macaroni Salad, which I had never made before. I wanted it to be different and kicked up! I made the standard for her party, because she is a wusss when it comes to spice and made some extra for me, which I kicked the hell up! BANG!
I will give you the Kicked up version. I also added diced cheese and smoked turkey to make it more of a meal than a salad, and so I could live on the leftovers for a few days! Shrimp would also be really good in this salad.
16 oz package elbow macaroni
1 cup mayonaise
2 thick slices of deli smoked turkey, diced (you could use ham or whatever)
cubed pepper jack cheese (your choice, I used Colby Jack this time)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1-2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
3 celery stalks diced
1/2 large onion, diced
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
yellow mustard to taste
salt and pepper
Cayenne pepper to taste
sweet or dill pickle juice
1/2 tsp celery salt
I also added a few dashes of Red Hot Sauce
Cook your pasta as directed on the package, drain, rinse with cold water (don't shake off the excess water, I learned this from Cooks Illustrated)
Combine the remaining ingredients (except the meat and cheese) and mix well.
Taste for heat and piquancy, add any additional spices, or additional mayonaise or mustard, if needed
Add in the meat, cheese and pasta, mix well and chill
**To bring the salad back to life if it gets dry, add a few tablespoons of water and mix well
***The cheese will turn into squares of goo in several days
***It will get hotter the longer is sits
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