I have come to the conclusion that sweetenedd condensed milk
should be a staple in EVERY cook's closet. There are so many different uses for it. You can use it to make an Iced Mocha Latte, a Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Nut Biscuits, Homemade Caramel Sauce, or my all time favorite, Magic Cookie Bars! In most kitchens, as you can see, it is used mostly in desserts.
Well this past weekend I found that you can go beyond the baking zone with SCM. Skippy has wanted me to make Amish macaroni salad for the longest time, so on Saturday, I decided I would make it for him. Well, every recipe I found called for Miracle Whip. In our house, MW falls under the category of "That with which we do not speak of!" lol
Believe it or not, I finally found a recipe in, where else, my Amish cookbook. (now why didn't I l@@k there first?) It is called "YUMMY Macaroni Salad." It is not called Amish Macaroni salad, but yet it is from an Amish cookbook. Does that count? To my delight, it did NOT require Miracle Whip. YAY! However, upon reading further, I discovered an ingredient that I did have on hand. In fact, I have a TON of it. Did I read that right......SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK? Hmmmm! At first I was a little skeptical, but I pressed on and tried the recipe. When all was boiled, chopped, and put together, what I ended up with was a recipe that I have been told is "The BEST macaroni salad I have EVER eaten!" and "DON'T you DARE lose this recipe.....I have to have it!" and "You better make this for my family get-together in a couple of weeks!"
Well, with raves like that, I'll make sure the cookbook gets put under lock and key! lol
For this simple and delicious recipe, you will need:
1 pound macaroni
1 cup chopped green pepper
4 carrots, shredded
1 cup chopped onion
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup vinegar
2 cups mayonnaise
Salt & pepper to taste
Cook macaroni; drain, and cool completely. Add remaining ingredients and toss lightly. Chill for several hours. Best if refrigerated overnight.
After I tossed everything together I tasted it. It was VERY sweet, but after it sits overnight, and all the other flavors mesh together, it was delicious! If you don't want it as sweet, you can eliminate some of the sugar if desired.
We really, really liked this recipe and I don't think we'll change a thing!