The holiday season is upon us! If you are dreaming of your stay with us at Kaanapali Alii and would love to transport yourself back to the Islands – add a little Hawaiian flare to your holiday menu. Try one of the following recipes to impress your family and friends AND transport yourself back to Maui:
Molokai Sweet Potato Palau
If you’ve never heard the word Palau used before, it is a type of pudding made with sweet potatoes and coconut cream. Both the coconut cream and sweet potatoes make this pudding super rich and creamy and super easy to make! Keep in mind you can also substitute Molokai sweet potatoes with traditional sweet potatoes.
Three large sweet potatoes
One cup coconut milk
Once cup onion, diced
One cup butter
Salt, to taste
Peel and cut potatoes into small, one-inch cubes and simmer in water over the stovetop until they are tender and easy to cut. Drain the water from the potatoes, add the butter and set aside. Sautee the onion in the butter and heat until the onions achieve a translucent appearance. Add coconut milk to the potatoes and butter and mash until creamy and smooth. Top with sautéed onions and salt, to taste.
Cranberry Pineapple Relish
What better way to add a taste of Hawaii to your Hawaiian holiday meal than with cranberries and pineapples?
Two cups fresh cranberries
Four cups fresh pineapple (or canned), cut into bite-size pieces
Four cups brown sugar
Two tablespoons finely chopped ginger
One cup fresh pineapple juice (or canned)
One teaspoon cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a pan and heat to boiling. Allow cranberries to pop. Cool the mixture down and serve.
The centerpiece of any traditional Hawaiian holiday dinner is, without a doubt, Kalua turkey. You may have heard about Kalua pork on the Islands, but it is also quite common to make Kalua turkey.
One whole turkey
Water or chicken stock
One teaspoon liquid smoke
Using a large roasting pan, place turkey in the pan, along with the water or chicken stock. Add liquid smoke and bake turkey according to the size.
Macadamia Nut Stuffing
This stuffing is sweet and satisfying, and the addition of macadamia nuts adds a nutting flavor that is sure to please your guests.
Six cups bread, toasted and cubed
One cup turkey stock
One small onion, chopped and diced
Three cloves garlic, chopped and diced
One cup toasted macadamia nuts
One cup fennel sausage, browned and chopped into small pieces
One cup chorizo sausage, browned and chopped into small pieces
One half teaspoon fennel seed
Two stalks celery, chopped
Two tablespoons parsley and sage, chopped
One half pound butter, melted
Salt and pepper to taste
Sautee onions, garlic and celery until the onions are caramelized and translucent. Add both types of sausage and add all other ingredients to this mixture, adding salt and pepper, as needed. Place ingredients into a baking pan and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes in a 375-degree oven.
Recipes provided by our friends from HawaiiMagazine