Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Connie's Famous Spicy Cheese Salad

My Aunt Connie has been making this AMAZING salad for as long as I can remember. If she came to a family gathering without this salad I think people would throw rocks at her and tell her to leave and not come back until she had made it. You think I'm joking, but we have a huge family (my grandma has 11 living children plus all their kids and grand kids and great-grand kids and step kids and spouses.... our family reunions and Christmas dinner can have well over 100 people if everyone shows up). I don't think I would be wrong to say there are actually family members who show up to the dinners just to eat this salad. Aunt Connie's kids are grown with families of their own, and she's single (and looking for a rich, handsome man), so she doesn't cook as often any more. When she does cook, she makes amazing things like this cheese salad. I will never forget Connie cooking my very favorite rum cake for my birthday. I could eat the whole thing, but sometimes took it to school and shared it (ya, I took rum cake to school... it's not like I was drinking the rum from the bottle). Aunt Connie also made Eggs in a Basket with me on Sunday mornings. So, today's your lucky day. I'm going to let the cat out of the bag and share this recipe with all you. Seriously, you must try this salad. IT'S AMAZING!!!


This is me and Aunt Connie at Grandma's for Easter dinner. I love the way she makes me look tall and I'm only 5'3 :)

CONNIE'S FAMOUS SPICY CHEESE SALAD
1 lb block colby/jack cheese cut in 1/2 inch cubes
1 lb block pepper jack cheese cut in 1/2 inch cubes
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 jar green olives, sliced in 1/2
1/2 cup miracle whip
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp original Mrs. Dash
1/8 tsp cayenne

Mix cheeses, tomato and olives in a large bowl. In small bowl combine miracle whip, Dijon mustard, cayenne and Mrs. Dash. Pour onto cheese mixture and mix well to coat.
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17 comments:

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

YUMMY! This sounds so oddly DELICIOUS, I will try this as I love all the ingredients you listed. This would be fabulous as a side to a burger.

Bravo, thanks!

Jenifer

Rachel said...

What an interesting idea! I've never tried anything like it! Pepper jack cheese is one of the few cheeses my husband will agree to eat--I'll have to convince him to try the Colby, b/c I think he'd really like it!

Lynda said...

I've never had a salad like this, but it looks wonderful! It must be fun having such large family gatherings.

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Umm that is right up my alley Heidi. You do look tall in that picture and so pretty!

White Trash Momma said...

It sounds like I would love this! I'm making it for my next BBQ

Tammy said...

How pretty you both are!!

I've made a copy of the recipe and will try it this summer...it looks yummy!

Coleen's Recipes said...

With a recommendation like yours, how can we NOT give this salad a go?? Thanks Aunt Connie.

Kathy said...

Great photo!!! That is hilarious, I'm 5'3 3/4!!! Most the time I just lie and say I'm 5'4" -- close enough!!! Occasionally, I'll be next to a shorter person and actually feel TALL!!! It doesn't happen very often though. ;)

This salad sounds amazing!!! I've NEVER heard of cheese salad before. Our family is huge cheese lovers - I'm gonna have try this for sure!!! Bookmarking now... Do you eat it with crackers?

Chrissy said...

I have never heard of a cheese salad so this sounds interesting. You are right, she does make you look tall.

Donna-FFW said...

Sounds like a great dish!! You are so pretty!How do you stay so thin and cook so much?

Jen said...

that looks like a very good salad. Just stopped by to welcome you to SITS.

Heidi said...

I talked to Aunt Connie and she told me the salad is a Bavarian Salad. When her daughter Stacy was in high school her friends mom made this dish. Connie tried it and was hooked. She's been making it now for probably at least 20 years.

Kathy- This salad is served just like you would a potato salad or cole slaw. It is a pretty thick salad, but once it sets it gets wetter because the tomato breaks down. I wouldn't make it the night before you want to serve it. It still would taste good, but would be thinner than it should be.

Ok, you suck ups. I know the giveaway ends tomorrow, but giving me compliments isn't going to get you extra chances! LOL :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

Sounds and looks like a great summer dish. I can't wait to try it!

Great picture of you and your aunt!

teresa said...

Cheese salad, you're speaking my language! This looks wonderful. And you look adorable in your picture. I'd make you feel tall too, I'm only 5'0!

Colleen said...

There is nothing I like more than cheese so this salad looks perfect to me!

Ali said...

What a cool idea! I love recipes like this that are passed down through the generations. :)

Ryan (Bethany's Boyfriend) said...

Why is this top secret recipe being posted? I had to promise to marry Bethany before I could get my copy! by the way its freakin amazing....