This is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite recipes from home. If you told me I could only make one dish from Hawai’i for the rest of my life, this would be it. No macaroni or potato salad on earth has ever come close to the delicious combination found in this recipe. My Auntie Cathy makes it the best, it’s no wonder my brothers and I used to travel all the way next door and beg her for food.
Now, I’ve tried to recreate Auntie Cathy’s salad using her recipe. While the ingredients are the same, it doesn’t have her love blended into it – I can taste the difference.
Hawai’i style mac salad
1 lb. dry elbow macaroni
1 large jar mayonnaise
6 hard-boiled eggs
9 ounces tuna fish
3 large russet potatoes
2 carrots or pre-shredded carrots
Large pot for macaroni
2 large bowls
2 small bowls
Egg slicer (optional)
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool.
Peel potatoes and cut into small cubes. Place in water and bring to a boil. Cook until fork slides easily into potato.
Drain potatoes and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process. Set aside to cool.
Mix tuna fish and mayonnaise in small bowl until tuna is well coated. Set aside.
Cut hard-boiled eggs into small pieces. Mix eggs and mayonnaise in small bowl until eggs are well coated. Set aside.
In large bowl, mix cooled pasta with mayonnaise until pasta is liberally coated.
In another large bowl, mix cooled potatoes with mayonnaise until liberally coated.
Combine your prepared pasta, potatoes, tuna, eggs, and carrots together. Add additional mayonnaise to meet your individual preference.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Finish off with a light dusting of paprika for color and refrigerate for one hour before serving.
Superhero Tip: Instead of tuna fish you can substitute Spam – a Hawai’i favorite!
Second Superhero Tip: Use an old-fashioned ice cream scoop to form into individual servings and place on a decorative dish. Sprinkle each scoop with paprika. Guests can then spoon the salad easily and they’ll marvel at your culinary skills in making something so fancy.
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