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Unique Luau Party Food

Kulbhushaan Raghuvanshi
If you are tired of throwing the same old theme parties, and are looking for something new, then go for a Luau party. Luau parties are events which are styled according to the Hawaiian culture, and there are many interesting luau recipes you can try.
If you are thinking of throwing a theme party and cannot come up with an idea, try opting for a luau theme. Luau means a rich Hawaiian meal which features different types of well cooked meat, beer and Hawaiian music.
Organizing a luau themed party gives a fresh appeal to the environment and to the guests as they get a much-needed change from the same old regular type of gatherings. The Hawaiian theme is a much preferred way to relax and enjoy time with your dear ones.

Luau Party Food Ideas

There is no need to fly down to Hawaii to enjoy a luau party experience. With adequate knowledge and food supplies, you can recreate the luau party atmosphere in your own home and have a night of never-ending fun.
The beach T-shirts and shorts can be arranged but the party cannot be completed without authentic luau food. Here is the order in which luau food is served.

Appetizers or Snacks

Serve the guests some lip-smacking appetizers like mini-kabobs (made from chunks of pineapple, ham and sweet pepper). Fill the tables with different fruit salads which can be consumed with appetizers.
To have a distinctive Hawaiian environment, cut a melon of your choice in attractive shapes and decorate it with small fruits like grapes and strawberries. For kids, keep bananas frozen and dip it in dark chocolate syrup to give the desired amount of sweetness.

Main Course

After some delicious appetizers comes the main course. Make chicken tenders which don't need to be deep-fried. Use skinless chicken and dip them in egg yolk and in Japanese bread crumbs known as 'Panko'. Bake them at 350°F until cooked fully.
Other dish is to boil shrimp and season them with salt and pepper. You can serve this shrimp with hot cocktail sauce. Poi is served as a dessert, its main ingredient is taro root but it can be made from vanilla pudding and purple food color.

Drinks and Cocktails

Serve your favorite cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages and for those who want to cut down on the calories, nutritional fruit smoothies can also be served. Don't forget the most popular beverage of Hawaii, coconut water. Make sure that the kids don't drink the cocktails.

Luau Recipes

Lomi Lomi Salmon

  • Salted salmon, 1 pound
  • Diced Maui onions, 2
  • Diced fresh tomatoes, 3
  • Sliced green onions, 3
  • Diced pineapple, 1
  • Fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup
  • Fresh pepper
Shred salmon in small pieces and place in a bowl. Add the tomatoes, onions, pineapple and lime juice and mix well. Mix all the ingredients till their flavors gel with each other. Garnish with a little dash of pepper and cover with an aluminum foil. Keep in the fridge for at least an hour and serve.

Crisp Nut Chicken with Honey Mustard Dip

  • Chicken drumsticks, 2 lbs
  • Herb-seasoned stuffing, 1 cup
  • Chopped macadamia nuts, 1 jar
  • Melted butter, 3 tbsp.
  • Soy sauce, 1 tsp.
  • Milk, 3 tbsp.
  • Honey, 2 tbsp.
  • Egg, 1
Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix the nuts and stuffing mix in a pan. Combine the milk, honey and soy sauce in a bowl. Dip the drumsticks in the mixture and then in the stuffing mix. Place in the pan and pour some butter on it. Place in a greased pan for 44 to 50 minutes and serve hot.

Hawaiian Coleslaw

  • Shredded cabbage, 4 cups
  • Drained and crushed pineapple, 1 cup
  • Mayonnaise, 1/2 cup
  • Drained mandarin oranges, 1 can
  • Ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp.
  • Ground ginger, 1/4 tsp.
  • White pepper, 1/4 tsp.
  • Salt, 1/2 tsp.
Place the shredded cabbage in a large bowl and then add oranges, salt ginger nutmeg and pepper. Mix the oranges and pineapple well and add mayonnaise until they are properly coated. Cool it before serving.
To make it more natural, the host can also play some Hawaiian music or hire Hawaiian dancers if the party is being planned on a large-scale. Best of luck for a rocking party.