I’m not a recipe follower. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. I think good.
Awhile ago I gave you my recipe for ring macaroni salad. (find that recipe HERE)
Well the other day I decided that I was going to make macaroni salad. I went to the cupboard to check the noodle selection and there was ring macaroni. Yahoo. It’s my favorite!
I started boiling the noodles only to find that the ham I thought was in the refrigerator was gone. I went to the cabinet thinking DARN…I’m going to have to use tuna for the meat. I don’t like that as well but oh well. My goal has been to use what’s in the cupboards so I was sticking with that and planned to use it but I opened the door and saw two things….
Spam and Queso cheese. Hmmm. That sounded interesting. Time for a recipe tweak.
So I chopped up the Spam into small pieces. Chopped an onion and just then our son Buck called on the phone. He asked what I was doing and I said making macaroni salad. He said, I hope you’re putting celery in it. Hmmm.. I wasn’t. I didn’t have any. So as I was talking to him I walked to the cupboard and got the celery salt. I sprinkled a few shakes into the salad.
I got done talking to him and chopped an onion.
Now for the Queso. How was I going to incorporate that?? I ended up taking Mayo, Queso, salt and pepper and a little milk to smooth it out and used that as the sauce.
Oh my…check it out….
I wish you could taste it!!
It is the VERY best macaroni salad I have ever made. Seriously, I love it. I like it LOTS more than putting cheese chunks in. Every bit is slightly queso flavored this way.
The only thing I did wrong was to only make one box of rings worth. Queso in my macaroni salad is going to be the new standard. I didn’t add a lot…only enough for flavor.
This was an open jar….
I think it’s events like this…being out of ham and making due that challenge me to be a better cook and happily, what results from my experiments is typically better than any original recipe I ever had!
Yes, as always…I apologize that I have no real recipe.