Joined: Feb 09, 2006
|Posted: 2006-09-11 5:19 pm  Permalink|
Aloha... been thinking of doing something different for this year's Thanksgiving. (yes I am planning well in advance)
Would any of you have some thoughts and recipes for what to serve for a polynesian flavor feast? I will say it need not be made of turkey!
[ This Message was edited by: Blowfish 2006-09-11 17:19 ]
Joined: Dec 08, 2004
From: DC Metro Area (MD)
|Posted: 2006-09-12 04:38 am  Permalink|
Pineapple and ham seem to be staples of a luau; that's not far off from a traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday dinner! Maybe a nice Virginia ham would do the trick as the "main course."
Joined: Feb 09, 2006
|Posted: 2006-09-12 11:08 am  Permalink|
Hmm, ham might be a reasonable choice... I am thinking of trying to make pulled pork and some coconut prawns, etc... perhaps more Trader Vic's than Hawaiian, but I like the sound of it...
Curious to hear what you all would want if you could dream up the perfect Tiki Thanksgiving.
Joined: Dec 31, 2005
From: Edmonton AB Canada
|Posted: 2006-09-19 02:26 am  Permalink|
A nice mango-y chutney with your meat, maybe? Candied edible flowers for the presentation? I think, with exotic fruit and flowers, if you splash enough rum around, you can't really go wrong. Keep us posted!
Joined: Aug 20, 2004
From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
|Posted: 2006-09-20 09:57 am  Permalink|
Read this thread and then scroll down to the 4/15/06 post by finkdaddy about the ham with Cruzan Blackstrap. I may have to try that myself this year.
Joined: Feb 09, 2006
|Posted: 2006-09-20 4:33 pm  Permalink|
Thanks GatorRob, I will keep that one in mind, but may try to find a way of making Kalua (pulled) pork in my home oven... I think that would be pretty tasty on turkey-day!
...at least it will be after a few tropical libations!
Joined: Sep 02, 2006
From: Novato, CA
|Posted: 2006-10-14 7:18 pm  Permalink|
I would suggest looking into a variation of the red-necky "Coca-Cola Ham" I have actually done this myself and was pleased with the results--
4 1/2 pound bone-in fresh ham
1 onion, peeled and cut in half
2-liter bottle of Coca-Cola, or enough to cover the ham completely
1/4 cup kosher salt
Pepper to taste
For the glaze:
Handful of cloves
1 heaping tablespoon of molasses
2 teaspoons of mustard powder
2 tablespoons of granulated brown sugar
Let the ham brine in the coca-cola spice/salt mixture for a day or two.
Put the ham in a pan (skin-side down, if it fits like that), add the onion and then pour over the Coke. Bring to the boil, reduce to a good simmer, put the lid on (though not tightly) and cook for just under two-and-a-half hours. If your joint is larger or smaller, work out timing by reckoning on an hour for every two pounds, remembering that it's going to get a quick blast in the oven later. But do take into account that if the ham's been in the refrigerator right up to the moment you cook it, you will have to give it a good 15 minutes or so extra, so that the interior is properly cooked.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500° F. When the ham's had its time, take it out of the pan (but do not throw away the cooking liquid) and let cool a little for ease of handling. (Indeed, you can let it cool completely and then finish off the cooking at some later stage if you want.) Then remove the skin, leaving a thin layer of fat. Score the fat with a sharp knife to make fairly large diamond shapes and stud each diamond with a clove. Then carefully spread the molasses over the bark-budded skin, taking care not to dislodge the cloves. Gently pat the mustard and sugar onto the sticky fat. Cook in a foil-lined roasting pan for approximately 10 minutes or until the glaze is burnished and bubbly. Should you want to do the braising stage in advance and then let the ham cool, clove and glaze it and give it 30-40 minutes, from room temperature, at 350° F, turning up the heat towards the end if you think it needs it.
Joined: Jul 07, 2005
|Posted: 2006-10-15 02:28 am  Permalink|
Thanksgiving without turkey?????? the horror....the horror...
Joined: Apr 07, 2003
|Posted: 2006-10-15 06:06 am  Permalink|
Last Thanksgiving we were in Orlando and went to Emeril's Tchoup Chop for dinner. The restaurant is at Universal in the Polynesian themed area. They managed to put a Polynesian spin on the traditional ingredients (turkey, potatoes, etc.) that was just fantastic. I was very pleasantly surprised it worked, but it did.
I bet if you called there now, you could get a rundown of the Thanksgiving menu dishes they plan to serve. It's a longshot, but the actual recipes might be listed on Emeril's web-site. Even if not, you'd still have someplace to start.
Joined: Sep 30, 2004
From: Santa Rosa, CA (Sonoma - wine country)
|Posted: 2006-10-15 09:24 am  Permalink|
We are on our way to Maui for Thanksgiving. Friends live on the island and have invited us to Thanksgiving dinner. I read somewhere about basting the turkey with Cruzan Black Strap Rum. Stashing a bottle away in our check-in luggage so we can try it out. (And a few more bottles for our Mai Tais and Coronado Luaus too!)
Our first holiday spent in the islands. Hope the whales start their migration early!
The many personalities of Myke
Joined: Jun 02, 2003
From: LA County, CA
|Posted: 2006-10-22 9:49 pm  Permalink|
Sunset Magazine's got some tasty looking recipes in this month's article Thanksgiving in Hawaii--Hawaiian-Portuguese Smoked Turkey and Macadamia Nut Tart might just make it onto the menu this year.
Joined: Oct 19, 2006
|Posted: 2006-10-24 2:21 pm  Permalink|
this article has some great recipes!, I always do a smoked turkey at T-day, this seasoning sounds good. I have a couple of books out from the library-Alan Wong's New Wave Luau & Sam Choy's Polynesian Kitchen, lots of good ideas in these. Of course, I find the traditional NC smoked pork butt subs for kalua pig in every instance, the fun part is finding creative sides...
Joined: Jun 23, 2006
From: Stuart, Florida
|Posted: 2006-10-28 09:41 am  Permalink|
As much as I enjoy most things "Tiki", somehow "Tiki" and "Thanksgiving" just doesn't work for me. Isn't the Thanksgiving Holiday uniquely 'American'? It just seems to me that with so much 'tradition' tied up in the celebration of this holiday I'd rather not meddle with it. I'll settle for sticking a paper parasol pick in my turkey!
I bet you feel more like you do now now than you did when you came in.
Joined: Mar 11, 2005
From: honolulu, hawaii & boston, ma
|Posted: 2006-10-28 4:36 pm  Permalink|
Da Professah has thrown many a-tiki thanksgiving (Makahiki as we say in Hawai`i nei).
Some of u guys not going like dis kine stuff, but try check'um anywayz. Jus trying fo' keep it real up herez on da big rock.
Since living Mainland my t'anksgiving kaukau always going consist of:
* Kalua Turkey (like Kalua Pig -- steamed, smoked, shredded, and moist!)
* Candied, sliced lotus root (like candied yams, but for Pakes!)
* Cocoa-Haupia Creme Pie (like da kine u get at Auntie Agnes's in Kailua)
* Hu-mang-ous pot sticky rice
* Pumpkin Mochi (recipe here)
For the Kalua Turkey recipe, plz see my Famous 13-Hour Kalua Pig Recipe 'n den replace with Mr. Gobble Gobble. If u no know wut lotus root is, check out deez bad boyz. Then imagine'um candied, and *w00t w00t* ... Ahhhhh, sooo ono. I candy minez with brown sugah, shoyu (soy sauce), ginger, and garlic.
Same kine tings u going find in Hawaii. U heard it here first!! Aloha'z!!!! OKONKULUKU!
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[ This Message was edited by: professahhummingflowah 2006-10-28 16:37 ]
Joined: Mar 26, 2002
From: Seattilite Telstar
|Posted: 2006-10-29 1:30 pm  Permalink|
"Isn't the Thanksgiving Holiday uniquely 'American'?" - GentleHangman -
So is the Polynesian pop Tiki culture...I think we have a perfect match!
Friends and I did a Tiki Thanksgiving a few years back. A lot of the recipes came from various Polynesian cookbooks. I have a pretty good head for figuring out what a recipe will be like when finished but I'd have to say most of our dishes were misses. Mainly the end results were just not that interesting...I can't even remember what was made except for a baked banana dish that I don't want to remember. The pineapple chutney was good. I advise trying any new recipes before the big day.
We grilled tuna for the main course. For a the table, keeping with the abundance theme of Thanksgiving and the tropical element, I had a huge pile (an artful pile) of tropical fruit and seashells on the table. (I mention this because it looks good, is easy, and you can just eat most of the decorations later on.)
Along the lines of Tiki being an American take on Polynesian culture I'd leave yourself open to a lot of "Tikifying" of traditional dishes. (Like JTD said what's-his-name's restaurant did at Universal.) professahhummingflowah Kalua Turkey sounds like an excellent idea. A pineapple chutney is tropical but has a traditional "fall" taste of spices and fruit. Something like Coconut Macadamia Sweet Potatoes or Ginger Carrots (a lot of recipes out there for this dish) would be great. And here's an idea that can challenge your culinary skills and just may make the Pilgrims spin in their graves...Mai Tai Jell-O.
And don't forget the Luau Mayonnaise!
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