Around here we have haystacks.
Lots of haystacks.
More this year than normal, since we're getting a lot of rain.
Sometimes our haystack look like this →
But when you go to Amish country, some haystacks look a LOT different.
You see, haystack suppers are popular fund raisers or dinners for a crowd.
Those haystacks often look like this (although this one is pretty tame compared to some I've seen):
The nice thing about haystack suppers is that you can pile on as many or as few of the ingredients you want. The ingredients are as varied as the cooks and everyone has their own favorite combination.
Here's a recipe for a basic Amish Haystack:
(note - there are only ingredients listed, no quantities...that's on purpose!)
Pile the ingredients on the plate in this order:
crushed soda crackers
ground beef with taco seasoning
green peppers, chopped
spaghetti or rice
shredded cheese or cheese sauce, or both
salsa or ranch dressing, or both
Or you can use these ingredients:
beans with taco seasoning
slices ripe olives
cheese - shredded or sauce, or both
The idea is to put each ingredient, in order, on a buffet line for people to either help themselves or be served.
And be sure to use sturdy plates!
Every year, the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale has a Haystack Supper to open the festivities. This relief sale is in Goshen, Indiana (my old stomping grounds!) and is one of the largest in the country. They raise funds for Mennonite Relief efforts through the sale of food, activities, auctions, and especially the quilt auction!!!!!
|Look at all those quilts!|
If you want to learn more about the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale, go here.
So tell us, what is your favorite meal for a crowd? What is the go-to fund-raiser meal in your area?
Oh, by the way, Thatcher is at the vet's today. Yes, it's time for his...um...surgery. (We told him he's getting tutored!) He'll come home with a cone of shame, so I'll be sure to get pictures of that!