Hawaiian Holiday Recipes

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Here in Hawaii, the holidays mean great food. Yes, we usually have the traditional American food, and, because there are so many different cultures living here, we also have a potpourri of other delectable food items to please all the guests and neighbors. So besides the turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy, you may find on the table some Hawaiian Pork Chops, Hawaiian sweet bread, and one of my favorites, mochi. Here are a few recipes you might like to try.

Many Hawaiian families go all out and make an imu (underground oven) where they cook their turkey, ham, laulau, root crops and other foods. Often they cook a whole pig in this traditional Hawaiian oven. The men do most of the heavy work, which is great for the women, but for those that like pork, but do not know how to make an imu, here is a great recipe for Hawaiian Pork Chops that is sure to please:

HAWAIIAN PORK CHOPS

Six lean boneless pork chops

One tablespoon prepared mustard

Two tablespoons white win vinegar

One tablespoon hoisin sauce

One half teaspoon salt

One eighth teaspoon pepper

One 8 ounce can pineapple chunks in juice

Two tablespoons cornstarch

Two tablespoons water

One papaya, peeled, seed and sliced


Place chops in crockpot. In small bowl, combine mustard, vinegar, hoisin sauce, salt and pepper. Drain the juice from the pineapple chunks and add it to mustard mixture. Reserve pineapple chunks. Pour the sauce over chops in the crock pot. Cover and cook on low for five to six hours or until the meat is tender. Remove chops and keep warm. Turn to high. Dissolve cornstarch in water in small bowl and stir the cornstarch mixture into the juices in the crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the pineapple chunks and papaya. It is best if the papaya is firm - not mushy. Serve the pork chops and add coconut and macadamia nuts if desired. Yum!

HAWAIIAN SWEET BREAD

One of my favorite holiday breads is Hawaiian Sweet Bread. It is baked in a pie tin instead of a bread pan, and is very festive.

Seven cups all-purpose flour

Three quarter cup instant mashed potato flakes

Two thirds cup sugar

Two (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

One teaspoon salt

One half teaspoon ground ginger

One cup milk

One half cup water

One half cup butter, softened

One cup pineapple juice

Three eggs

Two teaspoons vanilla extract


Combine the flour, potato flakes, sugar, yeast, salt and ginger in a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the water, milk, butter and pineapple juice to 120-130 degrees F. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and beat just until moistened. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic for about six to eight minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let it rise in a warm place until doubled - about one hour.

Punch dough down, turn onto a lightly floured surface and divide into thirds. Shape each into a ball and place in three greased 9-in round pie baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake at 3 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cover loosely with foil it top browns too quickly.



Now for my favorite holiday treat - mochi. This is an easy basic mochi recipe for beginners. There are many kinds of mochi with different fillings and sometimes it is wrapped around ice cream.

One box of mochiko sweet rice flour

One and one half teaspoon of baking powder

Two and one half cups of sugar

One can of coconut milk or one can of evaporated milk

One and one half cup of water

Extract flavor desired (vanilla, almond or coconut)

Food dye (optional)


Mix mochiko flour, sugar and baking powder in one bowl. Stir the dry ingredients together.

Mix coconut or evaporated milk, water, a few drops of extract flavor such as vanilla, almond, strawberry or lemon and a few drops of food dye in another bowl (the color should be a light pastel). Stir the liquid ingredients well.

Pour the mixed liquid ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Grease sides and bottom of baking dish. Stir ingredients well and pour into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.

Bake for one hour at 350 degrees. Let the mochi cool then cut into squares. You may like to dust lightly with mochiko flour to prevent stickiness. Serve as a snack or as a dessert. This treat will store for several days in a covered container.


As you can see, Hawaiians love to add a little pineapple or coconut to many of their recipes to give it a Polynesian flavor.

Another great way to use Hawaiian Sweet Bread is as part of the holiday stuffing. You can add pineapple chunks, cranberries, along with the sage, thyme, sweet onions and celery.

I hope you have enjoyed these Hawaiian recipes. Have a great holiday season.

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Hope it turns out great Hendrika. I love Hawaiian Sweet Bread. Aloha!


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Hendrika 5 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

The recipe for HAWAIIAN SWEET BREAD is the one I am going to try as it sounds very good. Thanks.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

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World-Traveler 5 years ago from USA

Thanks elayne001. Another visit is on my agenda.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

You will have to come back again, World-Traveler, so you can taste Hawaiian treats again. Aloha!


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World-Traveler 5 years ago from USA

I visited Hawaii about thirty years ago and have never forgotten the delicious food there. Thanks for the memories.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Yes plumbing, we are know for pineapples, but they are not the only great food here. There are so many more. Aloha!


plumbing 5 years ago

These recipes look so delicious. As far as I know, Hawaii are known for pineapples. Keep it up!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks bg233. So glad you liked the recipes and visuals. Wishing you a very happy holiday.


bg233 5 years ago

Oh wow! That looks absolutely delicious, I love how you took an old favorite and added your own twist. You also did an amazing job with the pictures, I will definitely try this recipe over the weekend.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Sorry to tempt you Micky Dee. Thanks for reading anyway. Regards.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

I'm vegetarian but you sure put my mind toward food!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you like them - Merry Christmas CarolineChicago. Thanks for your comments.


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CarolineChicago 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

Yum! So many great recipes!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks Christy. I hope you get a chance to come and visit Hawaii and try out some of our delicacies. Aloha.


Christy Zutautas 5 years ago

Great hub and fantastic recipes! I would love to visit Hawaii some day!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks pmccray. Hope you are enjoying the holiday season! I will cooking up tons of food for my family that are coming.


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

Kudos to you elayne001: your hub is deliciously informative and beautifully done. Can't wait to try these recipes. Voted up, marked useful, awesome, beautiful, bookmarked and shared. Happy Holidays to you and yours.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you found my hub. I love mochi too. I would love to hear how it turns out for you.


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Thank you! I have searched high and low for a mochi recipe. I love the stuff! I think I might experiment with less sugar or sugar substitute.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I love it too Kai Arwen. Hope yours turns out fine. I wonder if different climates affect it. Since Hawaii is so humid, it may be softer here. Let me know how yours turns out.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

I love Hawaiian Sweet bread............. we shall see how it turns out! Thanks ~ Kaie


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Hawaiian sweetbread is yummy plain or toasted. Glad you enjoyed it Scribenet.


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Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Bet the Hawaiian sweetbread tastes terrific toasted! This is a Hub I am sure to visit to try out the recipes! Thanks!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you liked the recipe KoffeeKlatch Gals. I love pork chops, and this recipe makes them divine.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Your pork chops are a definite must try. Great job. Thanks for sharing.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

You are welcome erthfend. Glad you liked the hub about Hawaiian holiday food traditions. Thanks for commenting.


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erthfrend 6 years ago from Florida

Yummy sounding recipes! It was interesting to learn about the hawaiian holiday meal culture. Thank you for sharing!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks for all the comments. Sweet breads are always a great addition to our holiday meals. Hope you all enjoy as I will.


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J Sunhawk 6 years ago from South Carolina

I've been looking for a Hawaiian Sweet Bread recipe, and here it is. And pineapple juice is on sale this week. Guess what I'll be baking...


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

More lovely Hawaiin recipes! Thank you, Elayne! That bread looks scrumptious! ummm Can't go far wrong with using pineapple and coconut, either! I love the flavors with meats and - well - just by themselves! Fresh pineapple is one of my most favorite morning fruits.


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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

These recipes look so delicious! I'm definitely going to try the Hawaiian Sweet Bread. It sounds like a bread we had while visiting Hawaii many years ago.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

The recipes are pretty straightforward so we should be able to pull it off - can't wait myself. Yum! Thanks for your comments LianaK.


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LianaK 6 years ago

So Ono!! Can't wait to eat all this wonderful kine grind :)

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