Huli means "turn" in Hawaiian and it's name came from bystanders yelling "huli!" every time the chicken would turn over on the spit. The chicken is basted with a sweet sauce that is similar to teriyaki but with lots of pineapple juice in it.
Now I know there are debates out there whether Swedish meatballs are actually Turkish. Even Sweden is claiming that King Charles XII brought the recipe for meatballs back with him after spending years in a country that was under Turkish rule. Regardless of where these meatballs originated, when there's a plate of mashed potatoes topped with meatballs that are smothered in a creamy brown gravy and served with a side of perfectly sweet and tangy lingonberry jam, you won't care where they came from just where they're going, in your mouth!
I find salsa verde more versatile than salsa, it's great as an enchilada sauce, chilaquiles, slow braise sauce of a chuck roast for tacos, bonus if you add more sauce to the leftover chuck roast then you have an amazing tamale filling, or a dipping sauce for chips or better yet some creamy chicken taquitos.
This bruschetta on top of a fried Caprese sandwiches. The sweet tomato and balsamic mayo really help cut through the heaviness that is fried cheese.
Right around the middle of February, I start chopping at the bits for some corned beef and cabbage. We traditionally make this for St. Patrick's Day but I've been known to toss a corned beef in a crockpot in summer don't let corned beef be something you only make once a year!
Nothing makes me feel better than a big bowl of warm red curry, coconut milk soup, with mung bean noodles, and rare steak it's like Tom gai soup and pho had a baby, a delicious baby!
Growing up and only being knee high to the bakery display at Zippy's, I only knew haupia cake to also be topped with my favorite coconut pudding.Haupia (how-pee-ah), is a thick coconut pudding that is usually served as squares at the end of a luau buffet line, a perfect little sweet coconut bite to finish a heavy meal is perfect.The most modern interpretation of haupia is haupia cake, where it is used as a filling, in a white cake topped with whip cream icing.
Butter mochi is a traditional Hawaiian treat, it is made with a high glutenous rice flour called Mochiko Flour. Like most Hawaiian food Butter Mochi is a fusion of different cultures who most likely met on in a plantation village. My guess on how butter mochi has come to be is that it is a hybrid of Japanese Mochi and Filipino Bibingka.
I will warn you right now, you cannot eat just one of these at a time! It was both a blessing and a curse that my aunt gifted me a cookie press for Christmas one year, because that meant I didn't have to wait for someone to make them for me.
Mom confession, some times I "go to the grocery store" but really I'm just eating junk food in my van, my favorite shame food is a chocolate eclair. To keep my I car snack special I fill these with lemon curd, whipped cream then with fresh raspberries.