Are you tired of the same old Thanksgiving dishes? Does your turkey and stuffing taste the same year after year?
Why not try infusing this year’s Thanksgiving dinner with some recipes from Hawaii. While many Hawaiian Thanksgiving dishes are based on dishes from the mainland, they often add an island twist that makes them taste new and fresh.
Hawaiian Kalua Turkey: You may have heard of Kalua Pig, but did you ever think about using the same technique on a turkey? The traditional kalua cooking technique is to slowly roast the meat in an underground oven called an imu. Over hours of cooking the meat becomes unbelievably moist and tender.
If you don’t want to dig up your backyard, you can get a similar flavor using an oven or crock-pot. The famous chef, Sam Choy, advises to add Hawaiian alaea sea salt and liquid smoke to get a similar flavor you would with an imu.
Hawaiian Mimosa: Instead of mixing up a typical mimosa for your guests why not create a more tropical blend. Pour one part pineapple juice and apricot nectar into a large pitcher with two parts orange juice. When your friends arrive hand them a half-filled champagne flute and add the tropical juice mixture.
Okinawa Sweet Potatoes: These sweet potatoes are easy to find in Hawaii, although you may have to head over to your local Asian market to find them on the mainland. They taste delicious and turn deep purple when they are cooked. Try drizzling them with butter infused with lime juice and sprinkling them with Hawaiian red clay salt.
Steamed Mahi-mahi: This dish is a wonderful addition to your traditional Thanksgiving fare. Mahi-mahi is the Hawaiian name for dolphinfish, and often used in restaurants so customers don’t think they are being served dolphin (Dolphinfish are not related to dolphins). The fish is wrapped in ti leaves (you can also use banana leaves), placed in a bamboo steamer, and cooked briefly. When served the Mahi-mahi melts in your mouth.
Portuguese Sweetbread Turkey Stuffing: The first large amount of Portuguese immigrants came to Hawaii in the latter part of the 1800s to work the sugarcane plantations. With them they brought many traditions that have shaped Hawaiian culture. In cuisine they introduced malasadas (donuts), sweet bread, and sausage. Try giving your stuffing a bang by adding marinated giblets, Portuguese sausage, and sweet bread.
Macadamia Coffee Ice Cream: The Big Island is known for its macadamia nut farms and Kona coffee trees. Spice up that pumpkin pie with a side of vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate syrup infused with Kona coffee and sprinkled with macadamia nuts.
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