There is nothing better than having fresh, unique recipes when hosting a luau party. There is much more to the party than just decorations, music and grass skirts. You have to have a theme added to your food selections. I have gathered three recipes that are a must have at any luau party. The first two are two my family has used for years at summer barbecues, luau theme or not. The final recipe I found through the Polynesian Cultural Center and has quickly topped the list of most requested items when I host a summer party.
This recipe is so simple it amazes me how little time I spend preparing and cooking it. Actually, I give it to my husband to cook on the grill. That is what makes it so easy. They are also easy to eat, especially for those guests who are always walking around and chatting it up with everyone.
Pineapple Chunks – I use canned pineapple, it is easier and quicker, but you can use fresh pineapple if you have the time to clean, cut and prepare.
Peppers – Red, Green, Orange and Yellow – cut in squares
Chicken and pork – cut into cubes
Onions – cut into squares
Sweet and sour sauce
Cut meat into cubes and marinate in Teriyaki sauce overnight. On skewer alternate ingredients until skewer is filled, with enough of the skewer sticking out each side for handling. You can use all the meats on one skewer or have each one meat specific, for those who do not like one of the meats.
Take out to grill and cook until meat is thoroughly cooked. Use sweet and sour sauce for dipping.
Coconut Pina Coladas
You cannot have a luau party without Pina Coladas served in a coconut. This is a bit more time consuming, so if you would rather find a pretty cup instead of a coconut, that works to.
Fresh Pineapple Juice
To make the cup, saw off the top of the coconut and drain juice. You can use the juice as is or mix it with another recipe. Saw off just enough of the bottom of the coconut so that it can stand up on its own. Make sure not to leave a hole in the bottom of the cup. Fill with pina colada (recipe below), top off with pineapple and umbrella decoration.
To make the pina coladas mix 4 oz. of fresh pineapple juice, 3 oz. of Rum, 2 oz. coconut cream and add 2 cups of crushed ice.
Chicken Long Rice
The chicken long rice is a recipe, which have quickly become the most requested item at my summer gatherings. I wish I could say it was my original recipe, but I cannot take the credit. I found this recipe at the Polynesian Cultural Center’s website – www.polynesia.com/recipes/. I am still amazed how easy it is to make and how good it turns out.
This recipe yields four servings, so you will have to adjust depending upon the number of guests you are expecting.
2 pounds chicken thighs
1 round onion
1 package long rice
2 tbsp. chicken base
2 tbsp. crushed ginger
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground ginger
Water to cover the chicken
In a pot parboil the chicken until soft and save the broth. Run chicken under cold water and shred into a large container. In a different container, soak the rice in hot water until soft. Drain and cut rice with scissors. Add water, chicken base, ginger, onions and seasoning to shredded chicken and boil. Add rice and simmer until soft.
Make sure to visit the Polynesian Cultural Centers website for additional mouthwatering luau party recipes.