The luau is a feast of Hawaiian food. The traditional Luaus were major events to celebrate visiting dignitaries or for weddings. Now most of the major hotels feature luaus. The traditional feast would usually go on for days and have lots of food! Now luaus more of an evening event but they still have them for weddings or other events.
When you organize a luau you can go more traditional or have a party with fun things and tacky things such as plastic hula girls. The music can be traditional or you can go beach party mode.
Just make sure if you plan a party that you read the recipes before. Some of the recipes require advance preparation.
Because Hawaii is such a mixture of cultures you can have all types of food at a luaus. The migration of workers for the cane and pineapple field brought in families from Japan, Philippines and China. The recipes below include Chicken adobe (Philippines) and meatballs from Asia. Some of the other recipes are a mixture of culture. Macaroni Salad which is very popular in Hawaii most likely came form Europeans or Americans from the mainland.
I suggest depending on amount of guests:
1 or 2 drinks
2 to 3 pupus
2 to 3 main dishes
2 to 3 sides
1 to 2 breads
1 or 2 desserts.
Exotic Pork Meatballs With Sweet & Sour Sauce
Milk Toast was popular in the early 1900’s for children and the ailing. My mother growing up during that period would make a variation of it but added a poached egg on top and would not add the cinnamon and sugar.
2 slices toast
4 pats of butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon and sugar
1/2 cup warm milk
Butter toast as you would normally do for regular toast and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Tear into pieces and place into two cereal bowls. If you use a poached egg place it on top of this with or without the sugar and cinnamon.
Pour warm milk over.
This is easy and fast. It can be for breakfast or another meal.
For two people you will need:
12 oz corned beef (leftovers or canned)
3 small potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
2 to 4 eggs
butter or margarine
Sliced French or Italian bread
If you use corned beef in the can you will have to deal with the key. I almost always have issues with opening it but tonight they came right open. Be careful after opening with the sharp side of the can. It will cut you up if you are not careful. I carefully shake it above a cutting board to pop the beef out and avoid dealing with the sharp edge.
Put the cubed potatoes into a microwave safe dish. Put 1 tablspoon of butter or margaine on top. cover with a paper towel. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. After the three minutes carefully sir the potatoes and microwave another 2 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Carefully stir the corn beef in with the potatoes and microwave for another minute. The corn beef is already cooked so you are only warming it up.
Butter the bread slices and put in broiler. Make sure you watch this bread carefully because it will burn if you are not careful.
Fry eggs or scramble.
Put the corn beef and has on the plate and put the egg(s) on top. Put the toast on the side. Walla, quick and fast corned beef hash.
This is a great recipe for a very easy sandwich. It is a lttle surprizing to me that more fast food places do not offer this.
2 teaspoons butter or margarine
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 pound ground turkey or lean ground beef
Salt and pepper (optional)
8 slices Sliced American Cheese
8 slices rye or pumpernickel bread
Butter flavor cooking spray
1.Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Separate onion slices into rings; add to skillet. Cook uncovered 10 minutes or until golden brown and tender, stirring occasionally.
2.Form ground meat into four 1/2-inch thick patties. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cook in large nonstick skillet or ridged grill pan over medium heat 6 minutes per side or until no longer pink in center.
3.For each sandwich, lay slice cheese on bread; top with patty, onion, cheese and bread. Coat large skillet with cooking spray. Cook each sandwich over medium-low heat 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and cheese is melted.