Hawaiian Haystacks

Hawaiian Haystacks

First of all, let me apologize for being absent for the last few days.  My husband came back into town and we went away  for the first time in six years.  It was so nice to suddenly pause,  and say, “Listen, hear that?” and not hear any kids’ sounds.  Then, I came back home and caught a sudden compulsion to scan old family photos.  I am still in the middle of that project, but thought I’d take a break to share this recipe.

I was first introduced to Hawaiian Haystacks by my sister-in-law about 10 years ago.  (Note: I don’t think these are really Hawaiian at all.)  There are a few variations which I will include along with the basic recipe.  They are incredibly frugal, as the main ingredient it rice and you choose the toppings.

Let me know if you have had these, I wonder if they are a cultural or regional dish.  If you have, what toppings have you used?

Hawaiian Haystacks
  • Hawaiian Haystacks:
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 3 cups Chicken Gravy (I have had this made with cream of chicken soup or canned gravy or gravy mix with canned or "real" cooked chicken or homemade gravy with chicken...you choose) (to make gluten free gravy, I prefer Sweet Rice Flour as a thickener)
  • Toppings:(placed in separate bowls):
  • chow mein noodles
  • coconut
  • pineapple chunks
  • Mandarin oranges
  • black olives
  • chopped celery
  • green onions
  • cheese
  • water chestnuts
  • baby corn
  • French Fried onions
  • peanuts
  1. Simply place rice on a plate, top with gravy and then choose different toppings.
Don't be afraid to put on some of the weirder ones, they actually taste good.




12 thoughts on “Hawaiian Haystacks

  1. >Welcome back,. time away is very important, and glad you had a relax!

    Never seen this before, sounds interesting, stir fry with the chicken stock, will consider giving this a try soon

  2. >my sister lives in hawaii -i'll have to ask her if she has had these they sound wonderful!

  3. >I've often wondered the same thing about the origin of this meal. My family had them often when I was growing up. I love chopped cucumber, tomato, onion, and green pepper on mine. A little soy sauce sprinkled on top adds a nice flavor too!

  4. >I had this years ago at a dinner party in Washington State. I remember coconut, raisins, sunflower seeds and pineapple was yummy on it!

  5. >We have these all the time. We have Chow Main noodles, chedder cheese, pineapple, mandarine oranges, corn, black beans, sometimes ham or pepperoni. It is not very Hawaiian- but it is good. I use a mixture of cream of chicken soup and chicken broth and I cook the chicken in it fo it is tender. Sometimes I have ham instead of chicken. My kids don't like it mixed together so I put everything seperate on their plates with no gravy and they gobble it up.

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