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Mike's Macaroni Salad

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by bigmike&nan, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. This is for a dear buddy of mine on Facebook, Matt Koloski. Matt, here ya go buddy. When I get done writing this I'll put up some tunes for you also. God Bless Son !!!

    Mis en place

    1lb box small elbow macaroni

    2 stalks celery, finely minced
    1/2 green bell pepper minced
    3 carrots grated and then minced
    3-4 scallions, minced

    salt, pepper and paprika

    1 cup mayo (preferably fresh made)
    1 cup greek yoghurt
    3/4 cup buttermilk
    2 Tbls cider vinegar (the brown stuff)
    salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika to taste

    2 Tbls pickle relish


    Bring 3 qts generously salted water to boil. Add 1 lb small elbow macaroni to the rapidly boiling water. Cook about 7 minutes until macaroni is just el dente, drain into a strainer.
    While macaroni is cooking prepare vegetables and combine in a very large mixing bowl, season with salt, pepper and paprika. Once macaroni is well drained rinse ONCE with cool water briefly to stop cooking. Add cooled macaroni to mixing bowl, season macaroni with salt & pepper. Add pickle relish. NOW add dressing and combine well. Taste, re-season with salt, pepper and paprika to your taste. If a little dry add a splash of mayo and buttermilk to the whole thing and combine. Rest in fridge for at least 4 hours prior to serving. Like old spaghetti it just gets better as time passes.

    brisket sandwich with mac salad and ginger ale with assorted citrus fruits.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012

  2. KBlue

    KBlue Songster

    Apr 21, 2011
    Katy, TX
    [​IMG] looks divine!
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Oh, wow! I'm coming over in a few minutes!
  4. Don't come over for a couple hours, I got the ribs out and they're resting, still want to make some buttermilk biscuits. Baked beans tomorrow with some of the meat from the brisket I cooked off the other day.

  5. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Hey Big M! Glad to see you posting again, just in time for this unseasonal warm Spring we're having here in the Midwest : D

    No smoker here @ 2 Dogs Farm, but I imagine I can work something out on my gas grill.
    Those ribs look A-mazing : 9

    And for your mac salad: Guess what I just discovered? Powdered buttermilk!
    Even if I buy a pint at a time, it always seems to go bad before I can use it up.
    This stuff keeps in the fridge until I'm good & ready and cost me less than $4 for a canister that will probably last years.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Hot Diggity! I'm staying for the weekend!
  7. Two Dogs... Good to see you

    There's iron your words of peace (as Ten Bears would say).
    There's iron in your words about buttermilk, but now that I got the KFC copy cole slaw recipe I used some of the buttermilk for that, and biscuits and pancakes. it goes. We seem to have buttermilk everywhere here in Jersey.

    Got my brisket torn down, separated the flat from the tip (some call it the deckle) and put my rub on the flat, it went in a 2 gallon zippered bag with 1/2 cup of Coke and 1/2 cup of orange juice (I used a Cara Cara orange (sorta red inside like a blood orange) juice, pulp and all with the Coke, a splash of Mae Ploy sweet and hot sauce and 1 tsp cinnamon. That's marinating overnight - if the Rain God stays awake I'm smoking it first thing tomorrow. I figure out of the almost 11 pound packer I cut off a pound of fat, and the flat is about 6 pounds - so I'll start it right when the wife leaves for work at 225 with hickory wood and smoke it about 7 hours, foil it with this finishing sauce (again ketchup, brown sugar, honey and orange juice) for about 1 hour, then remove from the foil and pop it up to 250 and finish it in the smoker for another hour so the finishing sauce sets and I get a real nice bark. Foil it, wrap in a beach towel and into a cooler to rest about an hour and my wife gets home... Baked beans, slaw, mac salad, brisket, buttermilk biscuits. Ooooohhhh Wwwhhhhheeeeeeee.........

  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Thanks!!! I'm making this recipe this summer!!! :)

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