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Polynesian Dinner Party

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In the depth of winter, my husband and I are having a Polynesian dinner party for 14 people - have to beat the winter blues!
Any suggestions or ideas for Polynesian/Hawaiian fare for a hungry crowd? Thanks!!

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  1. Chicken katsu with Pineapple coleslaw. You can find the CK recipe using search function I'm sure. As for the slaw, my recipe is below:

    2 pounds shredded green cabbage or buy bagged slaw if you're lazy
    Slaw:
    3 Tbs cilantro chopped
    1/2 maui onion or red onion sliced thin
    1/2 fresh pineapple, diced into small cubes
    Dressing:
    3 Tbs rice vinegar
    3 Tbs sugar
    1 Tbs black sesame seeds
    3 Tbs soy sauce
    2 Tbs grated ginger
    3 Tbs sesame oil
    3 Tbs champagne vinegar

    Mix the slaw with the dressing 1/2 before serving.

    1. I've only cooked Polynesian food after smoking a cigarette from Maui---and it was always, consistently, a disaster.....so my opinion, not that you asked for it, is to look for another sunny cuisine, like Mexican or Carribean.

      1. I did this at a housewarming and it was a big hit:

        Avacado, hearts of palm and red onion salad with cilantro vinegarette.

        For vinaigrette
        1 small garlic clove
        1/4 cup cilantro
        3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
        1/2 teaspoon sugar
        1/4 teaspoon salt
        1/2 cup olive oil

        For salad
        a 14-ounce can hearts of palm, drained
        4 avacados - I prefer Haas
        1 small red onion, sliced thin
        Boston lettuce leaves (from about 2 heads)

        Make vinaigrette:
        In a blender puree garlic and cilantro with lemon juice, sugar, and salt. Add oil until emulsified.

        Make salad:
        Cut hearts of palm and avocado into 3/4-inch cubes and in a large bowl with a rubber spatula gently toss with onion and vinaigrette until combined well. Use the lettuce leaves as bowls on top of plates for service.