Holiday season dinners with Hawaii flavor! Recipes from Chef Peter Merrimanby: Derek Paiva
posted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 05:54 PM
Recently, Peter Merriman rang us asking if our Mainland HAWAII Magazine readers might appreciate a few recipes that would add a bit of Hawaii flavor to their holiday season meals. We were all ears.
Merriman is one of Hawaii’s most successful and celebrated chef/restaurateurs, and a longtime champion of using fresh, locally procured ingredients from Island farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Peruse the menus of all four of his Merriman's restaurants and cafes—two on the Big Island, and one each on Maui and Kauai—and you’ll find dishes proudly boasting their locavore credentials.
“When I’m creating our restaurants’ Thanksgiving menus, I begin thinking about traditional dishes, and then which locally sourced items are in season and how those ingredients highlight, not disguise, the traditional hand-crafted Thanksgiving dinner,” says Merriman (pictured). “If you eat in a Merriman’s restaurant for Thanksgiving, you’ll enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving menu with a touch of Hawaii.”
The ethos Merriman followed in compiling the Hawaii-inspired holiday season recipes shared here was making sure ingredients could be found wherever HAWAII Magazine readers were in the world.
“Bringing a touch of Hawaii to your Thanksgiving Day menu is easy,” says Merriman. “The basic flavors of Hawaii—coconut, macadamia nuts, and pineapple—all go great with traditional Thanksgiving favorites. You can keep your family recipes and add these for a fun, tropical twist.”
On the following pages, you’ll find Chef Peter Merriman’s recipes for Molokai Sweet Potato Palau, Cranberry Pineapple Relish, Macadamia Nut Stuffing and Kalua Turkey.
Mahalo for the recipes Chef Peter! And Happy Holidays to our entire HAWAII Magazine reader ohana!
Check out these related HawaiiMagazine.com posts:
New Maui restaurant from Hawaii Regional Cuisine pioneer
Hawaii restaurant serving up “sustainable seafood” initiative in support of conservation
Hawaii’s Thanksgiving means much more than turkey