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Hawaiian Wedding Cake

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Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Fruit Kabobs in a Pineapple

Looking for a quick and easy treat?  This Hawaiian Wedding Cake comes together in a snap and tastes like a piña colada on your plate. It’s a perfect luau recipe.  Using a simple cake mix, the three layers on top – crushed pineapple, a creamy pudding, whipped topping with toasted coconut – transport you on a tropical vacation.

You’ll want to make sure your cream cheese is softened before making this cake otherwise you’ll have un-blended pockets of cream cheese in your pudding mixture.  If you’re like me and forget to set the cream cheese out to soften there’s an easy solution.  Just cut the cream cheese in cubes, place it in a microwavable bowl and microwave for about 15 – 20 seconds.  Stir well.  If it is still not completely softened, continue for additional 10 second increments. Don’t allow the cream cheese to become hot.  You just want it soft enough to mix easily.

You’ll also want to use whole milk to mix with the pudding.   The whole milk does a better job thickening the pudding then skim or 2% milk.

Family Size

 

4 from 1 vote
Hawaiian Wedding Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This is an easy, tasty cake which comes together quickly.  Ignore the directions on the cake mix box and use just the ingredients in the recipe.  Cut in 3 rows x 6 rows to serve 18.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 18 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (approx. 15 - 18 ounce size)
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese cubed (bring to room temperature)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cans (one 20 ounce, one 8 ounce) crushed pineapple , drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) carton frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut toasted
Instructions
  1. Set out cream cheese and whipped topping to come to soften to make them easy to spread.  Spread coconut on a baking sheet and put under broiler until golden brown.  DO NOT WALK AWAY.  Set aside.

  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Spray a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, buttermilk, egg whites and egg. (That's all you're adding. Do not add ingredients on the cake box.) Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer to the prepared 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. When cake is done, remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  5. While cake is baking, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in milk then add pudding and continue mixing until well blended.
  6. Drain pineapple and spread over cake.  Spread pudding mixture over the pineapple.   Top with whipped topping.  Sprinkle toasted coconut over cake.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made to this point 6 - 8 hours before serving.
  1. Store in the refrigerator.   Cut in 3 rows x 6 rows to serve 18.

 

Large Group

 

4 from 1 vote
Hawaiian Wedding Cake
Hawaiian Wedding Cake - Large Group Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This is a quick and easy crowd pleaser.  Do not use ingredients on the cake mix box. This is a double recipe, using two (9 x 13 inch) baking pans.   Cut each pan in 3 rows x 6 rows to serve 18 per pan, or a total of 36.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 36 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 2 packages yellow cake mix approx. 15 - 18 size
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese , cubed (bring to room temperature
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 cans (two 20 ounces, two 8 ounces) crushed pineapple , drained
  • 2 (8 ounce cartons) frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut , toasted
Instructions
  1. Set out cream cheese and whipped topping to come to soften to make them easy to spread. Spread coconut on a baking sheet and put under broiler until golden brown. DO NOT WALK AWAY.  Set aside.

  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, buttermilk, egg whites and egg. (That's all you're adding. Do not add ingredients on the cake box.) Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Divide batter between the two prepared 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. When cakes are done, remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  5. While cakes are baking, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in milk then add pudding and continue mixing until well blended.
  6. Drain pineapple and spread, dividing between the two cakes. Spread pudding mixture over the pineapple. Top with whipped topping. Sprinkle toasted coconut over cakes.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made to this point 6 - 8 hours before serving.
  1. Store in the refrigerator.

 

Aloha Dreams

Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

Explore Aloha Dreams

Things to do Big Island of Hawaii
Dream Home Bathroom

EXPLORE

If you're planning a vacation to Hawaii, I've got you covered on the very best places to go!   From many amazing restaurants to incredible adventures in the surf and on land, this is your go-to source for unique and exciting things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Or just take a Virtual Vacation!!    Let's go!

SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

PARTY

Would you like to throw a Luau, but not sure where to start?   Want to know how to build a tiki bar and roast a pig?  Here's everything you need to have a luau.  How about a Christmas Feast or even a fabulous dinner for your neighborhood supper club?  You've come to the right place.    Let's party!

Fruit Kabobs in a Pineapple

Fruit Kabobs in a Pineapple

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Fruit Kabobs in a Pineapple

Fruit Kabobs in a Pineapple

Are you ready for some FUN?

Queue some mellow Hawaiian tunes and pass the Kahlua pork!

These fruit kabobs in a pineapple are a great option anytime you want to serve fruit in a fresh, fun new way.   One of the more popular dishes at our last luau, your guests will love it.   Use a wide variety of fruit, in a festive range of colors including:

Cantaloupe

Pineapple

Watermelon

Strawberries

Kiwl or Honey Dew Melon

Mandarin Oranges

And it couldn’t be easier.  Start by cutting off the tops of your strawberries, like this.

Fruit Kabobs in a Pineapple

Next, cut your fruit into 1 inch bite-size pieces and place in bowls.  Then slice off the bottom of a pineapple so it will stand upright solidly, like this.

Fruit Kabobs in a Pineapple

Finally, simply thread your fruit onto the skewers and insert into the pineapple at an angle all around the pineapple in 4 rows.   I made this pineapple with 12 skewers for an Eclipse party we recently held.

It tastes every bit as great as it looks.

Fruit Kabobs in a Pineapple

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Fruit Kabobs in a Pineapple

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Fruit Kabobs in a Pineapple
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

An AlohaDreams.com recipe.

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 24 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 1 pineapple
  • 24 wooden skewers
  • 24 pieces watermelon
  • 48 strawberries (Note: Get 3 pounds. Each pound of strawberries = about 18 strawberries)
  • 24 pieces cantaloupe (1 cantaloupe)
  • 24 pieces mandarin oranges (1 can or small jar)
  • 24 pieces pineapple (1 whole pineapple will yield about 6 slices with 6 pieces per slice to total 36 pieces)
  • 24 slices kiwi fruit or 24 pieces honeydew melon (About 6 slices per kiwi, so get 4 kiwi)
Instructions
  1. Cut the bottom off the pineapple so it sits flat on a plate.
  2. Cut the fruit into 1-inch, or bite-size, chunks.  Trim the leaves off the strawberries, but do not core them.

  3. If using wooden or bamboo skewers, make sure all the splinters are off of them by rolling two together in your hands, or rub them over each other, as if you are sharpening a knife.
  4. Skewer the fruit on the skewers, alternating fruit types and colors on each stick.

  5. Make sure to insert the skewers into the pineapple angled up, so the fruit don't slip off the end.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE:
  1. Pineapple Kabobs can be made earlier in the day for serving the same day.  For best results, I would not make them the day prior

 

 

Aloha Dreams

Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

Explore Aloha Dreams

Things to do Big Island of Hawaii
Dream Home Bathroom

EXPLORE

If you're planning a vacation to Hawaii, I've got you covered on the very best places to go!   From many amazing restaurants to incredible adventures in the surf and on land, this is your go-to source for unique and exciting things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Or just take a Virtual Vacation!!    Let's go!

SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

PARTY

Would you like to throw a Luau, but not sure where to start?   Want to know how to build a tiki bar and roast a pig?  Here's everything you need to have a luau.  How about a Christmas Feast or even a fabulous dinner for your neighborhood supper club?  You've come to the right place.    Let's party!

Huli Huli Chicken

Huli Huli Chicken

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Huli Huli Chicken

Huli Huli Chicken

This is without a doubt one of the Best. Chicken. Recipes. Ever.

We fixed this for our luau last year.  I figured out of the 140 guests there had to be some folks who didn’t like roast pig.  I couldn’t imagine who, but I knew there had to be someone.  So we made 70 pieces of Huli Huli chicken to supplement the roast pig.  Turns out no one doesn’t like roast pig.  But NO ONE wanted to skip the chicken either.

I.  Ran. Out.

I NEVER run out of food.  Never.

Well, I ran out of Huli Huli chicken.  In the midst of all this luau goodness, EVERYONE WANTED THE HULI HULI CHICKEN.

Did I mention this is a great recipe.  You have to try this one before the summer’s over.  Find any excuse, but make this chicken.  You’ll love it.

Huli Huli Chicken

Huli-Huli Chicken is a quintessential Hawaiian dish.  It was created in 1955 by Ernest Morgado of Pacific Poultry.  Ernest barbecued his version of teriyaki chicken for a farmers gathering.

The chicken was such a hit, its popularity spread and it eventually became a favorite food for Hawaiian fundraisers.  It’s still often used by schools, softball teams and hula halau (hula groups) to raise money.  Huli Huli chicken is typically cooked between two grills or on a large rotisserie.  The grills are flipped over repeatedly to allow the chicken to cook evenly on all sides. And since huli is the Hawaiian word for turn, it became known as Huli-Huli Chicken.

If you’re ever on the Big Island, you owe it to yourself to check out GJ’s roadside Huli Huli chicken stand.  I promise you the smell alone will pull you over.  You can read all about GJ’s Huli Huli chicken here.  It’s amazingly good.

Huli Huli Chicken

There are several secrets to great Huli-Huli chicken.  First of all you need to marinate your chicken for at least an hour and preferable longer, but don’t exceed 8 hours or it will be too salty.  Secondly, use thighs – they are much less likely to dry out than breasts and they are more flavorful.  Third, apply the glaze right before you remove the chicken from the grill.  There is a lot of sugar in the glaze and if you apply it any sooner, the chicken can easily burn.

Huli Huli Chicken

To make cooking your chicken, steaks or any meat on your grill or oven a worry-free event, consider using one of these cool tools:

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It will only take you seconds to get this sleek Bluetooth thermometer up and running.  It reports accurate readings on your smart phone up to 100 - 150 feet from its base.   From the moment your meat is placed in the oven (or grill) to the second it reaches the perfect temperature, the iGrill has your back.  Insert the temperature probe(s) into your meat and track the doneness of your food from your smart phone on the Weber iGrill app, without having to lift the lid.   It comes with 2 probes and you can order 2 more, for a total of 4!  And you can use it for everything including chicken, steak, burgers, pork roasts.  You'll love it for baking chicken because you'll know exactly when the chicken is done so it doesn’t get dried out.  It's the reason my dishes come out at just the right degree of done-ness time after time!

Fourth, don’t forget to huli the chicken.  And if you have an mesquite chips, now’s the time to bring them to the party.  In Hawaii they use kiawe (pron. key-AH-vey) wood, a tree from the mesquite family.  These are kiawe trees.  Don’t sweat it if you don’t have mesquite chips, it will be WONDERFUL even still.

Finally, feel free to invite us over.

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Large Group

 

 

 

Huli Huil Chicken for 100
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 
Like all my chicken grilling recipes, this recipe calls for basting at the end of grilling. That's especially important in this case because the sugar in the glaze will burn easily if you apply it any sooner. Also, don't increase the chili-garlic sauce amount. It is very potent.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cooking for a Crowd
Servings: 100 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the Chicken Brine
  • 16 quarts water
  • 16 cups soy sauce
  • 16 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups minced garlic from a jar
  • 4 tablespoon grated fresh ginger from a jar
  • 100 chicken thighs
For the Chicken Glaze
  • 4 ½ (46 ounce) cans pineapple juice
  • 3 cups light brown sugar packed
  • 3 cups soy sauce
  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 3 cups rice vinegar
  • 1 1/3 cup minced garlic from a jar
  • ¾ cup grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce
Special Equipment
  • 3 (approximately 54” x 29”) gas grills or 1 grill which will accommodate 100 thighs
Instructions
To Brine the Chicken
  1. In a large bowl, combine water and soy sauce in large bowl. Set aside. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir into water/soy sauce mixture. Add chicken and refrigerate, covered, for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours. Go for the full 8 hours if at all possible, but no more than that or the chicken will get too salty.
To Make the Glaze
  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine the pineapple juice, sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and chili-garlic sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and let simmer until glaze is thick and syrupy about 20 to 25 minutes. This should result in about 12 cups of glaze.
To Grill the Chicken
  1. For a kettle grill: open bottom vents on grill. Light about 75 coals. When coals are covered with fine gray ash, spread evenly over bottom of grill. Set cooking grate in place and heat, about 5 minutes. For a gas grill: heat all burners to medium-low. Scrape and oil cooking grate.
  2. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Arrange chicken skin-side up on grill. Grill, covered, until chicken is well browned on bottom and meat registers 120 degrees, about 25 to 30 minutes. Flip chicken skin-side down and continue to grill, covered, until skin is well browned and crisp and meat registers 170 to 175 degrees, 20 to 25 minutes longer. Apply glaze several minutes before removing chicken from grill.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE:
  1. You can make the chicken to this point up to 2 hours before serving. Transfer to a large disposable aluminum serving tray, cover with foil and hold in a 200 degree (warm) oven.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Do not exceed approximately 36 - 40 thighs on a standard size gas grill. Many more than that and they will render so much fat that you can easily have a grill fire. Not good.

Family Size

 

 

Huli Huli Chicken - Family Size Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

Like all my chicken grilling recipes, this recipe calls for basting right before you remove the chicken from the grill. That's especially important in this case because the sugar in the glaze will burn easily if you apply it any sooner than that. Adapted from Cooks Country (a WONDERFUL magazine).

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the Chicken Brine
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 8 - 10 chicken thighs
For the Chicken Glaze
  • 3 (6 ounce) cans pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce
Instructions
To Brine the Chicken
  1. In a large bowl, combine water and soy sauce. Set aside. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir into water/soy sauce mixture. Add chicken and refrigerate, covered, for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours. Go for the full 8 hours if at all possible, but no more than that or the chicken will get too salty.

To Make the Glaze
  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine the pineapple juice, sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and chili-garlic sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and let simmer until glaze is thick and syrupy about 20 to 25 minutes. This should result in about 1 cup of glaze.
To Grill the Chicken
  1. For a kettle grill: open bottom vents on grill. Light about 75 coals. When coals are covered with fine gray ash, spread evenly over bottom of grill. Set cooking grate in place and heat, about 5 minutes. For gas grill: heat all burners to medium-low. Scrape and oil cooking grate.

  2. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Arrange chicken skin-side up on grill. Grill, covered, until chicken is well browned on bottom and meat registers 120 degrees, about 25 to 30 minutes. Flip chicken skin-side down and continue to grill, covered, until skin is well browned and crisp. The meat should register 170 to 175 degrees, about 20 to 25 minutes longer.  Apply glaze several minutes before removing chicken from grill.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE:
  1. You can make the chicken to this point up to 2 hours before serving. Transfer to a large disposable aluminum serving tray, cover with foil and hold in a 200 degree (warm) oven.

 

 

Aloha Dreams

Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

Explore Aloha Dreams

Things to do Big Island of Hawaii
Dream Home Bathroom

EXPLORE

If you're planning a vacation to Hawaii, I've got you covered on the very best places to go!   From many amazing restaurants to incredible adventures in the surf and on land, this is your go-to source for unique and exciting things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Or just take a Virtual Vacation!!    Let's go!

SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

PARTY

Would you like to throw a Luau, but not sure where to start?   Want to know how to build a tiki bar and roast a pig?  Here's everything you need to have a luau.  How about a Christmas Feast or even a fabulous dinner for your neighborhood supper club?  You've come to the right place.    Let's party!

Easy Island Fried Rice for a Crowd of 50 (or 100 plus)

Easy Island Fried Rice for a Crowd of 50 (or 100 plus)

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Easy Island Fried Rice for a Crowd of 50 (or far more)

Easy Fried Rice

I developed this recipe because EVERY ONE loves Fried Rice and I desperately wanted Fried Rice for our Luaus.  But neither you, nor I, nor any of my dear, long-suffering friends are interested in spending hours in front of a hot wok, cooking 20 or 30 batches of fried rice.  Ain’t gonna happen.   SO – I came up with this quick and easy version of Fried Rice.  Is it the recipe I use when I’m fixing dinner for less than 20?  Nope.  Is it a darn good alternative for 100 – 400.  Absolutely.  In fact, I had enough compliments and recipe requests, that I’ve included a “Family Size” version as well.   It’s one of the more popular side dishes at our luau.

I started with the rice.  One of the absolute BEST ways to cook rice in a quantity is in the oven.  It’s a fool-proof, hands off method that turns out perfect rice every time.  The first time I tried it, I checked the rice about 15 minutes prior to the completion of the cooking time.  It was still slightly crunchy – and with guests due soon I was freaked out (it does happen, I just try to never show it).  But I steadfastly replaced the aluminum foil and said a small prayer.   When I removed the rice from the oven 15 minutes later – it was perfect.   It’s turned out perfect every time I’ve made it.

This is much easier than worrying about the rice overcooking and burning on the stovetop.   Kept covered it easily retains its heat for up to 45 minutes.  I’m officially in love.

You can make many versions of this:  Cheesy Mexican Rice by adding cheese, oregano and green chilis or simple plain white rice by omitting any of the add-ins with this recipe.  You can add some diced spam if you want to make it authentic Hawaiian.  Like shrimp, chicken or pork?  Go for it.  As for the veggies, nothing’s easier than a frozen package of peas & carrots!

Easy Fried Rice

Cooking rice in this quantity makes it difficult to effectively mix in the soy sauce and other ingredients.  Once cooked, it takes up most of the space in the large roasting pan.

The last time I served this, I was in a hurry and wasn’t able to easily, quickly and thoroughly mix in the soy sauce.  I ended up serving a pan of “fried rice” with large unappetizing pockets of plain white rice.  To add insult to injury, I had to transport the rice about 15 minutes to its final destination for serving.  Because I was short on room, I stacked several large, heavy containers on top of the rice, which turned it a into a gummy block.

I can tell you the 200 teens were very excited with the prospect of fried rice as part of a Chinese dinner.  They were less enthusiastic with my sub-par offering.  Fortunately, they have been taught the importance of kindness…

 

To keep our reputations intact, I’ve found a very effective solution:

1.  Simply pick up an extra aluminum roasting pan so that you have 2 total.  Once the rice comes out of the oven, remove half of it to the second pan.  Evenly divide the soy sauce, sesame oil, eggs and meat between the 2 pans.  Toss to mix well.  Simply take a couple forks or serving spoons and fluff it to break up any larger clumps.  The rice should retain its temperature well, but you can always put it back in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes to re-heat if necessary.

2.  If you’re transporting this rice after cooking it, make sure you don’t stack anything on it.

3. Fluff it right before serving.   Since you have now divided the rice between 2 roasting pans, this gives you enough room in the pans to easily fluff it.

 

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Easy Fried Rice

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Large Group

 

Easy Island Fried Rice for a Crowd of 75
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
49 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

A great side dish for your next luau, girl's camp, youth conference or family reunion.  Makes 30 cups. Yields 75 servings of 2.75 ounces (the size of 1 large serving spoon).

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 75 (2.75 ounce) servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 7 cups white rice, long grain UNCOOKED - NOT minute or instant
  • 2 white onions chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen peas & carrots
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 quarts water
  • 3 quarts chicken broth
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
Optional:
  • 4 cups cooked ham diced – or 2 cans spam, diced
Special Equipment
  • 2 (20-3/4" x 12-3/4" x 4") disposable aluminum pans (this is a full-size) steam table pan
Instructions
  1. In a large stock-pot, combine water, broth and salt. Bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350-degrees. Lightly spray a 20-3/4" x 12-3/4" x 4" roasting pan with cooking spray.  Tear off a large sheet of aluminum foil large enough to easily cover the top of the roasting pan.   Set aside.

  3. Place 7 cups UNCOOKED rice, chopped onion, frozen carrots and peas and minced garlic in roasting pan, spread evenly. Set aside.

  4. Once water and broth is boiling, carefully pour over rice and stir to mix thoroughly.

  5. IMMEDIATELY cover tightly with aluminum foil.  Press foil tightly around pan to ensure a tight seal around ALL the edges, crimping along edges.  Carefully place the roasting pan in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until rice is tender.

  6. 15 minutes before rice is done, in a medium sauté pan over medium heat, cook meat if including.  When meat is browned and cooked, whisk eggs, add to pan and scramble eggs for several minutes.  

  7. When rice is done, remove from oven and remove foil.  Add soy sauce, sesame oil, distributing evenly over rice.  Add scrambled eggs and meat if including.  Fluff with a large wooden spoon to mix in soy sauce and oil & serve.

  8. Once the rice , remove from oven and remove foil.  Place half of it in the second disposable aluminum roasting pan.  Evenly divide the soy sauce, sesame oil, eggs and meat between the 2 pans.  Toss to mix well.  Simply take a couple forks or serving spoons and fluff it to break up any larger clumps.  The rice should retain its temperature well during this process, but you can always put it back in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes to re-heat if necessary.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE:
  1. Can be kept warm in the oven, covered with foil, at 150 degrees or put in a covered slow cooker on LOW. Add a little water if necessary to keep from drying out.

  2. Make sure to 'fluff' the rice immediately prior to serving.

Recipe Notes

It's important to select a roasting pan which holds 15 quarts to allow plenty of room for rice expansion. The 4 inch deep steam pan enables the rice to cook more evenly. 

 

 

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Easy Island Fried Rice
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Better than take out, you can add a taste of the Islands to this easy fried rice by including some diced Spam.

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 8 people
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the Rice
  • 1 and 1/2 cups white rice
  • 3 and 1/3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoons butter
For the Fried Rice
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil divided
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 1/4 (16 ounce bag) frozen peas & carrots
  • 2 cloves medium garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • salt to taste
  • ground white pepper to taste
  • 3 large eggs
Optional:
  • 1 cups cooked ham , diced - or
  • 1/3 can spam , diced
Instructions
Make the Rice
  1. In a large sauce pan, combine rice, water and butter. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand covered 5 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with fork.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Rice can be cooked fresh, spread on a tray, and allowed to cool for five minutes, or alternatively transferred to a loosely covered container and refrigerated up to three days.
  1. When ready to cook the fried rice, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat, add onions and cook until soft and translucent. Remove onions to a large bowl and set aside.

  2. If using day-old rice, transfer rice to a medium bowl and break up with your hands into individual grains before proceeding. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in the large skillet or wok over high heat until smoking. Add half of rice and cook, stirring and tossing, until the rice is pale brown, toasted, and has a lightly chewy texture, about three minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the onions. Repeat with another 1 tablespoon oil and remaining rice.

  3. Return all the rice and onions to the skillet or wok and press it up the sides, leaving a space in the middle. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the space. Add frozen peas and carrots, and garlic and cook, stirring gently, until lightly softened and fragrant, about 1 minute. Toss with rice to combine. Add soy sauce and sesame oil and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
  4. Push rice to the side of the wok and add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Break the eggs into the oil and season with a little salt. Use a spatula to scramble the eggs, breaking it up into small bits. Toss the egg and the rice together.
  5. If including the optional ham or spam, add and continue to toss and stir until the rice grains are mostly separated and ham or spam is hot.

 

 

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Heath Bar Freezer Pie

Heath Bar Freezer Pie

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Heath Bar Freezer Pie

Heath Bar Freezer Pie

Now that I’m almost done with the recipes for our church Youth Conference, you’d think I be finished with the desserts….

Never!!  (Even if I wanted to, Jeff wouldn’t let me.)

Nope.  Now I’ve been working on the Camping Recipes for a Young Men’s Super Activity at the local lake.  What do you feed 45 young men and their leaders who have spent a hot day water skiing, skeet shooting and mountain biking?  Plenty of ice-cold, yummy desserts, that’s what.  And of course chocolate has to be in the mix somewhere……

So let’s start with this Heath Bar Freezer Pie.

Heath Bar Freezer Pie

It’s one of 3 freezer pies I made for the camp out.  Here are the other 2 pies I made: Birthday Cake Freezer Pie (creamy vanilla ice cream loaded with chunks of birthday cake, frosting and sprinkles) and a real favorite – Oh Yeah Momma Freezer Pie.  I’ll be adding the recipes shortly.  In the meantime, check out my Camping Recipes page.  I’ll be adding those recipes soon as well.

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Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

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The process is so simple, I almost hate to call it a recipe.  Just chop up the heath bars, like so.

Heath Bar Freezer Pie

Mix them with the softened ice cream.  Mound it in the pre-made Oreo cookie pie shell.  Cover with the topping mixture, sprinkle on more Heath Bars and freeze.  It’s really easy!

By the way – in case you’re wondering what happens if you turn your pie crust upside down to brush several crumbs from the bottom onto your plate for an especially realistic “artistic composition”, THIS happens.

Heath Bar Freezer Pie

Just sayin’…..

Don’t forget to check out the new Campfire Menu & Recipes page.  I’m adding the recipes as we speak.

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Heath Bar Freezer Pie
Prep Time
15 mins
 

One of the tricks to making pies look amazingly decadant is a high dome.  Spreading 12 ounces of whipped topping on this freezer pie accomplished that!  You will look marvelous darling.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the Crust (or you can use a pre-made chocolate Oreo crust)
  • 1 Oreo cookie chocolate pie crust
For the Pie
  • 48 ounces vanilla Ice Cream
  • 8 full size Heath candy bars
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping thawed
  • chocolate syrup , optional
For Storage of the Pie(s)
  • 2-4 pounds dry ice
Instructions
  1. Several hours prior to preparing: Place whipped topping in refrigerator to thaw. Set out the cream cheese to soften.  Place the Heath Bars in the freezer.  

  2. When ready to begin preparation, set out the ice cream to soften.

  3. Chop 6 of the frozen Heath candy bars into bite-sized chunks.  (You'll be holding back the other 2 of the 8 bars for the topping.)

  4. Once the ice cream is soft enough to stir with some effort, mix in the frozen Heath Bar chunks.  

  5. Gently add the ice cream mixture to the pie crust, being careful not to tear the bottom or sides of the crust.  Mound the ice cream mixture in the crust and cover with plastic.  Place in freezer for at least 2 hours.

  6. Meanwhile, In a large bowl combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Whisk together until well combined.

  7. Fold in 1 tub (12 ounces) of the thawed whipped topping.

  8. Stir until combined. Remove the pie from the freezer and spoon the cream cheese mixture over the ice cream. Use an offset spatula or butter knife to gently and evenly spread the filling.

  9. Rough chop the 2 remaining Heath bars into bite size pieces.  Sprinkle onto the pie.

  10. Cover and freeze at least 3 hours.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE:
  1. Can be made to this point and frozen, gently wrapped with plastic wrap for up to 1 month.  To transport the pie to the campout, place in a cooler sitting on a bag of ice with several pounds dry ice in a bag to the side to maintain the temperature.

  2. When ready to serve, cut into pieces.  Optional - drizzle with chocolate syrup.

 

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Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

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SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

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Mexican Street Corn Casserole

Mexican Street Corn Casserole

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Mexican Street Corn Casserole

Mexican Street Corn Casserole

Simple and really delicious, this Mexican Street Corn Casserole will be a sure hit with your whole family!  It’s a winner.

Have you ever had Mexican Street Corn?  It’s one of my favorite things. A grilled ear of sweet corn is slathered with mayonnaise, sprinkled with chili power and lime juice and covered in cheese.  (I’m so in!)

Mexican Street Corn Casserole

They serve wonderful Mexican Street Corn in Puerto Vallarta.    I know this because one day I got the wild hair that we needed a Puerto Vallarta vacation.   Twenty minutes later on Google, I turned up Villa Amapas.  (I’m dangerous in this mode.)

What do you think?  Could you hang here with a good book?

Mexican Street Corn Casserole

Well me too!  It only took me about 3 minutes to become convinced this was our next vacation destination, and Jeff no time at all (Jeff is an easy mark).  So I called a couple of other couples who only took about 15 minutes to opt-in and we were off!

Welcome to Villa Amapas – Puerto Vallarta

Villa Amapes Puerto Vallarta

It is Amazing.  And with 3 couples you can rent it for as low as $300 per couple per night.   Would this work for you?

Villa Amapes Puerto Vallarta

Did I mention Villa Amapes comes with Lupe?  Lupe is an out-of-this-world cook.  This Mexican Street Corn Casserole is my take on one of Lupe’s fabulous recipes.  I’ll be publishing more of her recipes here in the months to come.  Here’s Lupe’s table waiting for dinner.

Villa Amapes Puerto Vallarta

Oh, and in case that wasn’t enough, Villa Amapas also comes with Miguel, Lupe’s charming husband, who magically appears with marvelous treats and cold drinks the minute you hit the pool.

Villa Amapes Puerto Vallarta

Here’s the link in case you’re thinking you could stand a bit of this action.

Villa Amapas Puerto Vallarta

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Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

Anyway, back to the wonderful Street Corn.  (Sorry – I got side tracked thinking of that infinity edge pool and Lupe’s cooking.)   I’ve taken the traditional Mexican street corn and incorporated it into one of Lupe’s fantastic casseroles. It has the same great flavors of Mexican street corn but with the all the easy-prep benefits of a casserole.

This Mexican Street Corn Casserole is very easy to make.  You can do it all in one bowl and one casserole dish!  The color is wonderful when baked, as it turns a nice orange on top and is very attractive.  In case you’re wondering what cotija cheese is, it’s a hard cow’s milk cheese from Cotija, Mexico.  Wonderfully salty and crumbly, it looks like this.

Mexican Street Corn Casserole

Your Mexican Street Corn Casserole is perfect for barbecues and loaded with flavor!  You can serve it as a side dish, or a dip (Jeff is enjoying the leftovers with tortilla chips as we speak).  You can even use it in tacos.  Enjoy!

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Family-size Mexican Street Corn Casserole

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Mexican Street Corn Casserole - Family Size
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 15 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 10 ounces cotija cheese
  • 2 pounds frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 ounces (2 cups) Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cotija cheese in the food processor and pulse until cheese is reduced to crumbles. Reserve one-half of the cheese.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the corn, mayonnaise, sour cream, jack cheese, one-half the cotija cheese and egg. Mix until combined. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish with 2 tablespoons butter. Pour the mixture in the casserole dish and bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made to this point and refrigerated for 1 day. Reheat in a 350 degree oven till warm.
  1. To serve sprinkle reserved cotija cheese over the casserole.

 

Mexican Street Corn Casserole for a Crowd

 

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Mexican Street Corn Casserole for a Crowd
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 30 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 pounds frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 12 ounces (4 cups) Monterey Jack cheese , shredded
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Special Equipment
  • 1 large aluminum roasting pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the cortina cheese in the food processor and reserve 1/2.
  2. Combine the corn, mayonnaise, sour cream, jack cheese, parmesan, and egg and mix until combined. Grease a large disposable aluminum roasting pan with butter. Pour the mixture in the prepared pan and bake uncovered, for 45 - 60 minutes.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made to this point and held in a slow cooker, covered, on LOWEST setting for up to 2 hours.
  1. To serve, sprinkle 1 cup cotija cheese over the casserole.

 

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If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

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Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

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