Hawaiian Haystacks (a.k.a. Snow On The Mountain)
When I was in high school, my boyfriend’s family introduced me to Hawaiian haystacks. I immediately fell in love – with the food. Although our relationship didn’t last, my love for this fabulous dish did. I’m so happy they shared it with me.
When I made this for my own family, they also loved it – and it soon became a family favorite.
Because it is a little putzy, we have historically reserved it for special occasions (birthdays, around the holidays, etc.)
But here’s what I’ve been thinking recently: Why deprive yourself of one of your all-time favorite dishes just because it’s putzy (or time-consuming or unhealthy, etc.) Food is meant to be enjoyed. If a certain dish makes you happy – make it, share it, and savor it.
Now, happily, I make Hawaiian haystacks every time I go home to visit my parents.
What Are Hawaiian Haystacks?
Here’s how Hawaiian haystacks – also known as snow on the mountain – stack up:
- Rice on the bottom
- Creamed chicken sauce over the rice
- Plentiful toppings (like chow mein noodles, mandarin oranges, green onions, chopped tomatoes and more)
It’s creamy, cheesy, crunchy, and fresh all at the same time. There are bites of sweetness thanks to the coconut and mandarin oranges. It’s customizable comfort food at its finest.
If there’s one piece of advice that I would give you before making Hawaiian haystacks, it is this: Don’t skimp on the toppings. And unless you detest a particular topping – put it on, mix it all up and see if you like it.
Now go ahead and try these for yourself. They may just become a family favorite!
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Hawaiian Haystacks Recipe
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 10 min
- 12.5 ounce can white chicken breast (undrained)
- 8-ounce block cream cheese
- 4-ounce container sour cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- Salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Chopped celery
- Chopped green onions
- Chopped tomatoes
- Chopped red bell peppers
- Mandarin oranges
- Shredded coconut
- Sliced almonds
- Chow mein noodles
- 4 servings cooked rice
- Combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook on low heat and stir until cream cheese is melted and mixture is hot.
- To serve: Set up toppings so each person can choose their own. An assembly-line arrangement works well, starting with the rice, then the sauce, then the toppings.
Get the recipe: Hawaiian haystacks, the soup version