Making preparations for dinner or lunch can be quite hectic and in some cases, stressful. This is particularly the case when you plan on hosting several guests at your house on one of those special days/events. Other times, you just want to make an otherwise dull Monday night more enjoyable. Well, with Hawaiian Luau recipes, you can leave all your guests salivating for more. You can even make a winter night feel like a summer night on a tropical island. For those of you who do not know where to start when it comes to preparing Hawaiian Luau themed dinner, here are some easy tropical recipes to get you started.
1. Appetizer: Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Curry Dip
For this simple appetizer recipe, you will need:
- 11/2 cups of light mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 small onion (grated)
- 2 tablespoons of mild curry powder
- Salt and Pepper
- 4 Peeled sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, lemon juice, grated onion, and curry powder. Use the salt and pepper to season the resulting mixture. Cover the bowl and put it into the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
Next, cut the sweet potatoes into fingers such that each sweet potato gives rise to around 12 fingers. Put the fingers into a bowl and add oil, salt, pepper and cayenne. Toss the bowl to ensure that the fingers get well coated. Now grill or broil the potatoes for approximately 10-20 minutes or until they are soft enough. Once again, season with salt and pepper then serve them while they are still warm alongside the chilled curry dip.
2. Main Dish: Hawaiian-Style Pork Ribs
When it comes to Luau food, this is one of my favorite dishes. Believe me; the guests will love it too. The recipe below can serve 4 to 6 people, but of course, you can alter it to serve more.
You will need:
- 1¼ cups of light brown sugar
- 1 cup of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of Asian sesame oil
- 4 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
- ¼ teaspoon of crushed red chili flakes
- 1 peeled and finely chopped piece of ginger
- 3 pounds of pork baby back ribs
- 3 thinly sliced scallions
To prepare, start by beating the brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili flakes, garlic, and ginger together with ¼ cup of water in a bowl. Secondly, add the ribs and toss well to ensure that they are well coated. Cover the bowl and leave it to marinate for one hour or more at room temperature. Alternatively, you could refrigerate overnight (but make sure to turn the ribs in the bowl frequently).
The next step is to preheat the oven to 450F. Arrange the marinated ribs (with the curved side up) on a baking rack set and place over a rimmed & foil lined baking sheet. Leave to roast for at least 20 minutes. Now heat the marinade in a saucepan over medium heat while stirring. Do this for about 20 minutes until the marinade is thick and looks like a syrup. Once this is done, use tongs to flip the ribs and cook while pouring the thickened marinade over the ribs occasionally. Do this until the ribs are brown, shiny and tender. This will take between 15 and 20 minutes. Once done, transfer the ribs to a plate and dress with the scallions.
3. Beverage: Mai Tai
My husband loves Hawaiian recipes, not only for the food but also because of the drinks and particularly the Mai Tai. It is also one of the simplest tropical drinks to prepare. All you need is;
- 1.5 fluid ounces of spiced rum
- 1.5 fluid ounces of coconut flavored rum
- 1 teaspoon of grenadine syrup
- 3 fluid ounces of pineapple juice
- 2 fluid ounces of orange juice
- 1 cup of ice cubes
To prepare, simply mix the rums, grenadine, pineapple juice and orange juice in a cocktail mixer full of ice. Shake the ingredients thoroughly to your satisfaction then drain into an ice filled glass.