Luaus were, traditionally, decadent feasts. Today, a trip to Hawaii might find you enjoyed a meal with over twenty options. As the perfect luau host, you want the food to be authentic and tasty, but, you also want the food to fit your budget and be simple to make. The great joy of luau cooking is that it can be all four: authentic, delicious, inexpensive and simple.
Luaus originated in the Hawaiian islands and are still a part of the charm for visitors today. Traditional Hawaiians birthdays and other gatherings are luaus. The food that is served is delicious, yet simple. These easy-to-make food ideas will help you get started.
Island Chicken is easy to make because all of the ingredients are easy to find. The preparation time is about 15 minutes.
Lomi Lomi Salmon is ready in 10 minutes if you buy the salmon already smoked. No authentic luau would be complete without this traditional food. This cold fish dish makes a great dip.
While your Island Chicken bakes, add Papaya Chicken to your dinner. Not only is the 10 prep time negligible, the entire dish is ready to eat in one-half hour! It gets even better; the papaya gives the chicken an island flavor that is outstanding.
Taro roots may be hard to find in your neighborhood grocery store, but fear not. You can still have Poi at your luau. Poi powder has already been ground up for you and have been dehydrated. Add liquid and you are in business. Poi can be liquid or dough-like. It can be ordered on-line. If you don’t have time to order it, mash up bananas and make your own mock-poi.
In just a few minutes, you can whip up a side-dish that will cook while you create other fabulous foods. Hawaiian Baked Beans, with their pineapple goodness, will delight the taste buds of your guests.
Throw together a salad. Add tossed greens mixed with tomatoes and carrots, ambrosia, or a delicious Hawaiian fruit salad. If you have the time, fix all of them and more. A luau is a decadent feast that offers a multitude of choices to the attendees. A good choice of salads will help those trying to watch what they eat.
Dessert may include your easiest foods. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is simple and quick, but not as easy as a Key Lime Pie that you buy in the frozen foods section of your grocery store! Fresh fruit, like papaya, pineapple and coconut, are easy to fix and simple to serve. Cut them up and serve them on platters.
Drinks are simple to make. Bring out your juicer and make fresh juice from tropical fruits and apples. The drinks will be frothy and the taste will be more delicious than anything you buy in a bottle or a can. Mix fruits with other ingredients to make unforgettable refreshments for your guests.
Enjoy your luau food, but don’t expect a lot of left-overs. With food this good, the guests will remain until it is all gone.