How to Make Macaroni Salad
Macaroni salad is usually made with elbow macaroni and mayonnaise. It is nice served with grilled steak or chicken and it is often served at buffets or potluck suppers. Celery and diced onions are often added to macaroni salad and canned tuna is also a well-loved ingredient. Salt, pepper and other spices can be used to boost the flavor and you can taste your macaroni salad as you go, adding a pinch of this or a pinch of that.
Macaroni salad is usually called pasta salad in the UK and Australia and it is made with cooked shell-shaped pasta. Macaroni salad (a mixture of macaroni and mayonnaise) is often served with plate lunches in Hawaii and it is known as “mac salad” or “mac sal” there. The Hawaiian version often contains just mayonnaise and macaroni but you can make your homemade macaroni salads much more interesting than that.
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Bell pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, pineapple, sweet pickles, pimento, anchovies, chicken, ham, and shrimps can also be added to macaroni salad. When you are first learning how to make macaroni salad, you can experiment freely with different ingredients. Whatever you like in your hot pasta recipes can be used in chilled ones too.
A lot of macaroni salads are best left overnight so the flavors can mingle. You might like to add grated cheese or stir in some chopped chilies. What you add to your macaroni salads depends on your personal preferences but you can make different macaroni salads for different occasions, whether you want to impress guests at a buffet or give your kids a macaroni salad packed with all their favorite ingredients.
Mouthwatering Macaroni Trivia
Macaroni is a type of dry pasta made with durum wheat. This type of pasta does not contain eggs and it usually comes in short, hollow shapes. Macaroni was once believed to have been introduced to Italy by Marco Polo, after he discovered it in China in 1929, but we now know that it was already being used in Italy during that era. Macaroni is often elbow-shaped, and it can be used to make macaroni pudding, macaroni salad recipes, mac and cheese, some kinds of soup, and more. It is also used in children’s arts and crafts school projects.
In plates with big Chinese populations and Western influence, like Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macao, the local Chinese have begun to use macaroni in Chinese-style western meal preparation, cooking the macaroni in water, then rinsing off the starch and adding it to a clear broth with ham, peas, black mushrooms, and sometimes eggs. This is similar to the noodle soup dishes which have been popular in China for many years, and it is served for breakfast or as a light lunch.
Macaroni and Cheese
Did you know that in any given 12 week period, a third of the United States population will eat macaroni and cheese at least once? It is one of the best comfort foods and it is so easy to make. This dish blends macaroni with cheese (usually cheddar). The first known written recipe for macaroni and cheese is from the 13th century in Southern Italy, and the recipe calls for fermented cheese and lasagna sheets.
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