Deli Mac Salad

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Serves: a party
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
1 c white vinegar
1 c white sugar
1 c finely chopped bell pepper
1 Tbsp celery seed
2 or 3 big globs of mayo

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Helene Mulvihill Recipe
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Magnolia, TX (pop. 1,393)
Member Since Jan 2011
Helene's notes for this recipe:
This is a family recipe from my husbands family. They owned a deli in NJ many years ago, and this is the mac salad that they made. yummm! Very big hit too!
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It can be difficult to replicate the flavor and texture of authentic deli mac... but this recipe pulls it off beautifully!


heat vinegar and sugar on stove until sugar is disolved, cool
toss vinegar sugar mixture with macaroni. refridgerate in freezer bags for several hours to allow it to set
*NOTE* After soaking its possible for there to be some excess sugar/vinegar mixture, if you find it to be very soupy you can toss it into a collander for a minute to drain some off.
toss macaroni with peppers and celery seed, add mayo to taste. yummmo!

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user Helene Mulvihill WeBakeinTX - Jan 20, 2011
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user Sherry Word msword - Jan 20, 2011
Thaks Helene, I will have to try this one. :)
user Sherry Word msword - Jan 20, 2011
I will post mine as soon as I talk to my dad, he doesn't really measure anything, so I will have to get a rough idea on how much of each ingredient he uses...this is where I get my cooking from, I don't measure either, I just through it all together. LOL! So my food is always different when I eat it, unless I actually have a recipe to follow. :)
user Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Jan 20, 2011
Thanks, your secret is safe with me. Saved this one.
user Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Jan 20, 2011
I know Sherry, I have to actually stop and measure everything instead of eyballing it. I just posted my pasta salad and that is exactly just what I did.
I now have new found respect for people that post recipies, as well as the folks that take pictures, it's not as easy as it looks, and is a lot of work.
I will take a minimum of 20 shots, and then select the best one. The camera shows things in a whole different way than your eye sees it.

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