Why travel when you can have a taste of the tropics at home??? Well, yes, I agree -- a vacation would be better, but this is a close runner up. Don't mind my lack of photography skills...these two dishes are out of this world good and will impress just about anyone. Give it a try this weekend!
Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashews
2 C. rice (basmati works well)
1 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
2 1/4 C. water
3 chicken bouillon cubes (or equivalent granules)
1 8 oz. can pineapple tidbits in juice, drained and juice reserved
1 white onion, minced
1 C. diced ham
4-5 green onions, sliced
1/3 C. cashews
Salt and pepper
If there are leftovers, which is a big if, try out this recipe for BBQ Hawaiian Pork Wonton Tacos.
1 4-5 lb. pork shoulder roast
1 Tbsp. Hawaiian sea salt (smoked, Himalayan, etc. will work too)
8 slices bacon
1/3 C. guava or pineapple juice
A dear friend of mine that left for Seattle got me hooked on this recipe. Thank goodness she shared the recipe so now I have a way to make it for myself. It's a Korean dish called Beef Bulgogi. Think of delicious asian pot roast lettuce wraps. I like to tell myself that this is a healthy recipe too, so keep that in mind if you're looking for something new to try. The traditional method of cooking this dish is over a barbecue and using thin slices of beef, however, I took the easy way out and bought stew meat and used a crock pot.
1.5 lbs. beef sirloin (or stew meat)
1 medium yellow onion, sliced into thin strips
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 C. soy sauce
2 tsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 Small heads of romaine lettuce or butter lettuce
Combine the garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and pepper in the crock pot. Stir until well-mixed. Add in the meat and the onion and stir to coat. Cover and cook over low heat for 6 hours. The longer you let this sit, the dryer the meat gets and the more baked on the mixture gets to your crock pot (it's an ugly clean up). If anything, cook for the 6 hours and let sit on the off setting until ready to eat.Serve on lettuce topped with the green onions, Kimchi, rice, and avocado.
I'm still perfecting my Mahn Du recipe (similar to egg rolls), so I'm sorry I don't have that recipe to share yet.
I hope you try this - it's super easy!
Hi, I'm Michelle and based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I love all things cooking and baking and would love to inspire you to create something of your own!