A Traditional community meal found at large Amish or Mennonite gatherings in the area. A line is setup to serve each part of this all in one meal. I have condensed it down to a small family size to give an idea of portions. This is a sight to be hold. As out of respect for the large Amish community in Wisconsin, there are no photographs taken. Enjoy the taste of a harvest feast in Rural Wisconsin.
- 4 cups crushed saltine crackers (about 60 crackers or two standard wrapped stacks)
- 4 cups cooked grains*
- 4 cups chopped fresh greens (lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, kale)
- 2-4 cups cooked and seasoned protein (ground beef, shredded chicken, cubed turkey, et cetera)
- 4 cups crushed tortilla chips (or other chip with a crunch and strong flavor)
- 4 cups chopped fresh peppers
- 4 cups lightly steamed broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage (i.e., any fall crop you like)
- 4 cups chopped tomatoes
- 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups sunflower seeds, peanuts or other chopped nut
- 2 cups sour cream
- 4 cups homemade cheese sauce
Place approximately 1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers and 1/2 cup cooked grains on the plate, and spread around to form haystack base. Scoop greens, protein, chips, peppers, veggies, cheese and nuts as desired based on personal preferences, layering each ingredient over the cracker/grain base. Top with sour cream and homemade cheese sauce. Serve immediately.
While the traditional Haystack uses white rice, feel free to experiment with a variety of other grains from brown rice to quinoa and barley.