A visit to the islands

A few weeks ago I had a bridal shower at my house for my good friend Natalie. Since she is having a destination wedding in Kauai we thought it would be fun to play off the Hawaiian theme. After a little searching around I found a great luau themed party menu in Sunset magazine that would give us a taste of the islands yet be sophisticated and modern (no tiki torches or plastic leis at this party..haha)

You can find the full menu from Sunset Magazine by clicking HERE. We did alter a few things because Natalie is allergic to fish so we didn't do the coconut shrimp skewers (don't want to kill the bride, right?). Instead my friend Kerry found an awesome chicken skewer recipe with avocado crema dip. It was super tasty and fit in great with the rest of the menu.

Also, I couldn't resist buying some of the macaroni salad from L&L Hawaiian BBQ. If you have tasted it you know why. Its the best mac salad EVER.

Papaya and Avocado Salad with Hawaiian Vanilla Vinaigrette
(We used the presliced mango from Trader Joe's just because it was easier then papaya)

Macaroni Salad from L&L Hawaiian BBQ

Glazed Pork and Pineapple Buns
Ohhh boy. These were really good. I marinated the pork tenderloin overnight and grilled it about an hour prior to guests showing up. Also, I used canned pineapple slices just because it was much easier (and cheaper) then buying, coring and slicing a whole pineapple.

Lime marinated chicken skewers with avocado crema dip (see recipe below)

Pineapple drops (of course you MUST have the perfect cocktail)

My girls, Joy and Kerry...the most awesome bartenders
The full spread...yum.

Recipe: Lime marinated chicken skewers with avocado crema dip

1. Cut chicken breast into 1 inch cubes (for a party of 20 people I used 4-5 breasts). Prepare lime marinade..find recipe here

2. Place marinade and chicken cubes in Ziploc bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

3. Thread marinated chicken on to presoaked bamboo skewers (you want to soak the skewers in water for at least 1 hour so they don't catch on fire in oven or on grill).

4. To make things easier on party day I precooked the skewers in oven the night before (350 for about 20-30 min) then refrigerated overnight. About an hour before guests arrived I put them on grill to reheat.

5. While skewers are on grill prepare crema dip

1 avocado, remove pit

3 scallions, chopped

1 tbs red wine vinegar

1 tbs olive oil

1/2 cup sour cream

salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to blender and pulse until smooth.

This is a great menu for a shower or any sort of party. Try it! I know your guests will be impressed.

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