Friday, June 13, 2008

BBQ Macaroni Salad

Here's a sweet and spicy recipe from Cook's Country. It's a great make-ahead option for summer barbecues. Use your favorite MSPI-friendly barbecue sauce.

BBQ Macaroni Salad

Serves 8 to 10.

Table salt
1 lb. elbow macaroni
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 rib celery, chopped fine
4 scallions, sliced thin
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
Ground black pepper

Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and macaroni and cook until nearly tender, about 5 minutes. Drain in colander and rinse with cold water until cool, then drain once more, briefly, so that pasta is still moist; transfer to large bowl.

Stir in bell pepper, celery, scallions, vinegar, hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, and let sit until flavors are absorbed, about 2 minutes. Stir in mayonnaise and barbecue sauce and let sit until salad is no longer watery, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve. (The salad can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Check seasonings before serving.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Please add a ton of freshly chopped cilantro if you really want this to be the best Mac salad in history!