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Holiday season dinners with Hawaii flavor! Recipes from Chef Peter Merriman


Molokai Sweet Potato Palau

Palau is the Hawaiian name of a pudding made of sweet potatoes and coconut cream. “You can always substitute purple Molokai sweet potatoes with regular sweet ones,” says Merriman. “The addition of coconut milk works well with both.”

3 large purple Molokai sweet potatoes (or regular sweet potatoes)
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup diced onion
¾ cup butter
1 tsp salt

Peel and dice sweet potatoes into two-inch cubes. Cover potatoes with water and simmer until tender.

Remove potatoes from heat and drain water. Place potatoes in a saucepan and sweat in ½ cup butter. Set aside.

Sautée diced onion in 1 Tbsp butter on medium heat until translucent.

Place potatoes in a mixing bowl and add coconut milk and remaining butter. Mash with potato masher.

Add sautéed onions and salt.

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