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Old 02-27-2008, 07:10 AM   #1
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Need help with Luau food!

Here in Iowa, we've been hit with storm after storm after storm this winter. So, Friday, we are having a Luau at work. I need some recipes for luau type food!

One lady is bringing a pina colada cake, and our IT guy is bringing Lay's potato chips!

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Old 02-27-2008, 07:43 AM   #2
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Fill pineapple boats (slice fresh pineapple in half and cut out the inside of the fruit) with tuna or chicken salad. Even salads purchased from the deli counter look extra-special when presented this way. If you are making your own, be creative and add mandarin oranges, grapes, and slivered almonds or walnuts for a truly tropical experience.

I don't know if you have access to a refrigerator at work , andl also how much work and expense you want to put into this.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:44 AM   #3
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Using a fresh pineapple, slice a thin piece off the bottom so that the pineapple stands level on a plate. Skewer various pieces of bite-sized fruit (watermelon chunks or balls, grapes, pineapple pieces, strawberries, etc.) on wooden shish-ka-bob sticks or long toothpicks. Stick evenly spaced skewers into the pineapple
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Old 02-27-2008, 12:45 PM   #4
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Don't forget the pork!
You may want to bring a nice ham, glazed in pineapple, or pork (or poultry) meatballs, with a pineapple/teriyaki glaze, which you can keep warm in a crockpot.

Or perhaps Pineapple pie (the thread's still pretty fresh around here)
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:10 PM   #5
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Delicious Hawaiian style recipes to create an authentic Hawaiian luau ANYWHERE!
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:12 PM   #6
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This recipe sounds really good: Huli Huli Chicken (scroll down)

This site has a lot of ideas for throwing a luau. Don't forget the leis! HTH.
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:12 PM   #7
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Ah, GrillingFool, you beat me to it!
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:42 PM   #8
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This thread is great. Now I want to have a luau really bad. Does anyone here at DC have family luaus?
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:46 PM   #9
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Chicken Long Rice has become a popular dish at luaus now. There's probably as many versions of this dish as families that make them. Here are a couple to give you an idea. BTW, long rice is cellophane noodles.

More Traditional:
CHICKEN LONG RICE

Sam Choy's Version:
Chicken Long Rice - ma'ona

Other things that are good for a potluck: fried rice, teriyaki chicken/beef, Hawaiian macaroni salad, and kalua pig. Also, don't forget the steamed white rice if you're serving tery chicken/beef. If any of these interest you, let me know and I'll send you my recipes.

I like to grill up some Hawaiian kalbi short ribs but for a potluck, it may be hard to heat them up. I came up with a great marinade if you're interested but I do recommend that these be grilled rather than oven cooked.
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:55 PM   #10
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This thread is great. Now I want to have a luau really bad. Does anyone here at DC have family luaus?
We really don't have family luaus but I do cook a lot of Hawaiian style meals as part of our meal rotation. I grew up in Hawaii so eating some of the dishes are just the norm. I'm also lucky that San Diego has quite a bit of Hawaiian plate lunch eateries.

I do throw game parties (Halo 3 specifically) that come as close to a luau as I can get. Now if some of my friends and family are willing to bring Hawaiian style dishes, well, heck, let's have a real luau in my backyard! I might even be tempted to dig an imu!
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