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Easy Cooler Corn on the Cob for a Crowd

Easy Cooler Corn on the Cob for a Crowd

Easy Cooler Corn for a Crowd

Want to know the easiest way to serve corn on the cob to 50 or 100 or even 300 plus?
Just cook it in a cooler.
Cooler Corn is the simplest method I’ve found to cook corn for a crowd.  I’ve used it at Girls Camp, serving over 250, Youth Conference, serving 230 and anytime I need corn on the cob for a large group – this is my ‘go to’ recipe of choice.   It will become yours too!

It’s Incredibly Easy.

Here’s Everything you need to Know:

 

The Corn

You can use this approach with any amount of corn up to 400 half ears or 200 full ears.  Just make sure you don’t fill the cooler more than 3/4 full with corn – otherwise there isn’t enough room left over to add sufficient water to effectively cook it.   I generally break or cut the corn in half after shucking it so that 1 ear serves 2 guests (actually, I generally have someone ELSE break or cut the corn in half after THEY get done shucking it).   You’ll find a half ear is more than enough with your additional menu items.

 

The Coolers

You can fit up to 350 half ears of corn or 175 full ears in two 150 quart coolers.  400 half ears or 200 full ears will easily fit into two 165 quart coolers.

 

The Process

  • Husk the corn, then if desired, break the ears in half.    NOTE: This is a great job for the youth in the group.  (Just sayin’)   Alternatively if you’re working with smaller batches, America’s Test Kitchen published a suggestion that works beautifully.  Simply cut off the stalk end of the corn a couple inches from the bottom, leaving the husk intact.  Microwave 1 ear for 2-3 minutes (2 ears for 4-5 minutes).  Remove the corn from the microwave, all you need to do is hold the top of the husk (the un-cut end) and shake.  The corn will slide right out.  (If not, give it another 30 seconds.
  • Up to 3 hours before serving, and at least 1 hour, start water boiling.
  • You’ll need about 100 quarts of water (50 quarts per cooler) for two 150 quart coolers.
  • Divide the cobs evenly between your coolers.
  • Pour the boiling water into coolers with corn.
  • Close cooler lid and don’t open it for at least 30 minutes, or until time to serve.
Your corn will take about 30 minutes to cook.  It will stay warm in cooler for up to 3 hours as long as you don’t open the lid.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve directly out of the cooler(s) or place the corn in a large disposable aluminum pan, covered with aluminum foil.   Ether plan to have bowls of melted butter with brushes on the serving table, or pick up individual butter pats and serve with the corn.

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Mexican Street Corn Casserole

This fabulous casserole combines all the flavor of Mexican Street Corn without all the mess.  It’s a real treat around our home.

Here’s some other great Large Group recipes.

Peaches and Cream Bars

It's time for some peachy, juicy, crunchy, brown sugary goodness of summer. These melt-in-your-mouth moist, Peaches & Cream bars are a perfect dessert to celebrate summer.  The crunchy, brown sugary crust just sends them over the top. The 'peach pie' smells coming from your oven will lure you to try a bite (or a pan) for yourself!

Easy Cooler Corn on the Cob for a Crowd

Looking for an easy way to cook corn for a crowd at your next BBQ, Family Reunion, Girls Camp or Scout Camp? Try this wonderful easy method I’ve used successfully time after time for large groups. It’s the easiest way to cook corn for a crowd. Guaranteed!

Maui Road to Hana Banana Bread

This Road to Hana Banana Bread is moist and flavorful, transporting you to the islands in one bite. The crunchy sugar topping adds sweetness and texture. Read all about it along with our recent vacation to Maui.

Beach Baby Pudding Cups

These Beach Baby Coconut Pudding Cups are everything that's great about the islands! Kids LOVE ‘EM. You will too since they are so easy to make.

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Maui Road to Hana Banana Bread

Maui Road to Hana Banana Bread

Maui’s Road to Hana Banana Bread

Macadamia Nut Banana Bread

Have you ever been to Maui?

It’s wonderful – but before we go any further, let’s at least get you in a Maui frame of mind with some island music from my favorite Hawaiian group, Hapa

Macadamia Nut Banana Bread

 

There.  That’s much better.

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!

Like the Big Island of Hawaii, Maui has many moods.  From the high-end resort feeling of the south shore…

Macadamia Nut Banana Bread

…to the laid-back rural feel of the beautiful upcountry area…

Macadamia Nut Banana Bread

Maui both excites and soothes.   We just got back from a wonderful vacation to Maui.   We snorkeled (no diving this trip), boogie boarded (what a blast!) and enjoyed many fantastic meals (more on those in the future).   And of all the fabulous things we ate on Maui, one of my favorite things was the Road to Hana Banana Bread.

The Road to Hana is 64 miles long, following the shoreline with 620 curves.  Besides being windy, the highway is very narrow and passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide.  It takes almost 3 hours one-way, and that’s IF you don’t stop anywhere.  Granted, it’s lovely…

… and it winds through some of the most lush tropical rain forest and offers some of the most amazing waterfalls and you’ve ever seen…

… and there are certainly even some gorgeous beaches…

But it sounded like WAY more work than I wanted to sign (Jeff) up for to drive the whole route (hey, I’m not driving!)

However, there IS one thing not to be missed from the road to Hana (besides not driving it) – the Banana Bread stands.  I suspect these sprung up over the years to keep the captive audience from revolting at the very thought of the drive.  But they are worth the trip alone.

Like this one…

Or this one…

And the most famous of all, Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread Stand.

The good news is you can get various versions of this wonderful banana bread at Farmer’s Markets throughout the island.  After trying several slices (alright loaves!), I knew I wanted to recreate it.

I started by modifying my base recipe with some fantastic suggestions from Stella Parks over at one of my favorite food sites, Seriouseats.com.  Stella is a world-class baker and knows a thing or ten about the science of baking.  I was already incorporating buttermilk for moisture in my basic banana bread recipe and on her suggestion, I swapped it for plain Greek yogurt.   Because it’s thicker than buttermilk, yogurt (whether full-fat or skim) thickens the batter, enabling it to peak more in the oven, coming out nicely domed instead of flat.

Macadamia Nut Banana Bread

Stella also recommends coconut oil.  According to her, the reason most banana bread recipes call for oil instead of butter, is because oil contains more fat per ounce.  That produces a loaf that’s especially rich and moist.   The problem with oil is that it can sometimes make banana bread feel heavy and wet, or just a touch greasy.   Instead coconut oil makes banana bread as rich and moist as butter, but without the heavy, wet greasiness of oil.  Here’s what you’re looking for.

Some other tips I would offer you for banana bread as good as what you can get on the Road to Hana are to avoid a dense, gummy loaf don’t use bananas that are completely or even mostly black.  Instead, you want yellow bananas, with a sprinkling of brown spots, like these.

Macadamia Nut Banana Bread

Also, make sure you toast the nuts.  It adds a wonderful depth of flavor to the bread.  I like to use pecan, but macadamia nuts will work great too, for a true island twist.

I used to have a tough time in the past knowing when my bread was done.  There’s a simple cure for that.  Your bread is done when it reaches an internal temperature of around 206°F.   If you don’t already have one, buy yourself an instant read digital thermometer.   No more guessing and you’ll have bread that is spot-on perfect every time.

Finally, I like a bit of sugary crunch on the top of my banana bread, so I sprinkle it with a bit of sanding sugar.

I know you’ll enjoy eating this Road to Hana Banana Bread recipe as much as I did.  It’s a great addition to a family breakfast or weekend BBQ.  Enjoy and aloha!

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Maui Road to Hana Banana Bread
Maui Road to Hana Banana Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Adapted from the wonderful Stella Parks over at Seriouseats.com 

While the coconut oil is not strictly necessary, it makes the banana bread as rich and moist as oil. And because it's solid at room temperature, it provides the slow-melting richness of butter without making the loaf heavy and wet, or greasy. 

An AlohaDreams.com recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 17 slices
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 medium bananas , ripe
  • 4 ounces plain Greek yogurt , preferably nonfat
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (10 ounces; 280 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 1/4 ounces coconut oil - virgin or refined (3/4 cup), creamy but firm, about 70°F
  • 4 ounces toasted pecan or macadamia nuts - chopped
Instructions
  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line one 10 1/2– by 5 1/2–inch OR two 9- by 5-inch loaf pans loaf pan with enough parchment paper that it drapes over each side several inches.
  3. Peel bananas (you should have about 12 ounces) and in a medium bowl mash bananas with yogurt, eggs, and vanilla. NOTE: If bananas are under-ripe, cover bowl with plastic and let mixture stand 30 minutes.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and coconut oil. Mix on low until mixture becomes a mealy powder. Add banana mixture and continue mixing only until no more flour is visible. Fold in nuts and scrape into prepared pan(s), spreading into an even layer.

  5. Bake about 70 minutes for a large loaf (or about 50 for two smaller loaves) or until risen and golden brown.  Bread is done when it reached an internal temperature of around 206°F.

  6. When done, set the loaf, still in the pan, on a wire cooling rack. Let cool for 10 minutes — this helps the loaf solidify and makes it easier to remove from the pan.

  7. Remove from pan and cool another 10 minutes. Grasping the parchment paper sling, lift the loaf out of the pan and place on the on the cooling rack. Cool for another 10 minutes before slicing.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE:
  1. Wrapped tightly in foil, banana bread will keep up to 3 days at room temperature or 1 week in the fridge. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Creamy Hash Brown Potato Casserole

Creamy Hash Brown Potato Casserole

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Introducing Simple Pleasures Sunday

Comfort Food at its Best

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

June Warren’s Creamy Potato Casserole

Ever just get in the mood for swoon-worthy comfort food?  Yeah, me too.  It’s not especially healthy and I wouldn’t eat it every day – but when I want it, I WANT it.  Like now.  We just finished hosting our second Luau and I think everybody had a great time.  Check out the pics from the latest Luau here.  But in the meantime, as I’m recovering (no clean-up necessary because we have THE BEST FRIENDS IN THE WHOLE WORLD!) I want something warm and creamy and buttery.  You too?

Well alright then!  Welcome to Simple Pleasures Sunday.  Every so often on Sundays I’ll be posting some of my all time favorite comfort foods. They are nothing fancy, but they seem to lock onto every pleasure center in your brain.  I sure hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  And so to kick off Simple Pleasures Sunday, I’d like to introduce you to June Warren’s Potato Casserole.

You would have loved June Warren.  She was without-a-doubt the Hostess with the Most-est. She was one of those delightful women who looked like June Clever complete with pearls and all.  June lived in St. Petersburg Florida.  With the recent hurricane, she has been on my mind.  I’m sure June has long passed on by now.  I knew her in the early 90’s and she was probably in her 70’s at that point.  But maybe not.  I’d like to think of her as still in her kitchen making incredible food.

When June Warren had you over for dinner, she would start with an assortment of hor d’oeuvres.  And I don’t mean just any hor d’oeuvres, I’m talking about a wonderful artichoke spinach dip (don’t worry I’ll share it soon – and you’ll LOVE IT)….

Spinach Artichoke Dip

But June didn’t just serve it in a plain bread bowl.  June served it in an alligator bread bowl…

Alligator Bread Bowl

Just because she could.

June wanted her guests happy.  She was one of the most warm and welcoming ladies I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.  She embodied one of my favorite quotes from “Blast from the Past” (a cute move, rated PG13):

“the short and simple definition of a lady or a gentleman is someone who always tries to make sure the people around him or her are as comfortable as possible.”

Yep – the only way to roll.

Turns out a large part of June’s definition of happy and comfortable included ‘well fed’.   And June didn’t stop with hor d’oeuvres.  She would set a fantastic five to seven course meal on the table for dinner (reminds me of mom) including wonderful briskets and fruit salads and soft, fluffy homemade rolls.  But the ALL TIME BEST THING June made was her Creamy Potato Casserole.  She served it the first time we were there for dinner.  I took a helping to be polite, OK – because I LOVE potatoes, and WOW.  It was nothing fancy, but it sure was delicious. So I asked for seconds.  And then, when all eight other people at the table were more than done eating, I took a third helping.  And then – I begged for the recipe.  And you know what?  It’s incredibly simple.  Just the combination of these basic items is all it takes.

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

You’re basically layering hash browns (gotta be Mr. Dells!), butter and Lawry’s Seasoned Salt …

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

Then you’re dotting the final layer with butter…

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

…pouring cream over the whole thing and baking it until the potatoes are tender and golden brown.

Creamy Hash Brown Casserole

That’s it.  But, man is it good.  The potatoes soak up all the buttery, creamy goodness and the end result is much more than the sum of its parts.

Here it is for a dinner I just made for some business associates who were in town for several days (can’t have ’em eating restaurant food).  It’s a wonderful make ahead dish.  Assemble it the night before serving, refrigerate it and you’re ready to go.  It was perfect with a grilled KC Strip steak and some broiled Parmesan zucchini sticks.

Enjoy.

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Creamy Hash Brown Casserole
June Warren's Creamy Potato Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

GREAT make ahead potato dish. Better than mashed!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: June Warren
Ingredients
  • 1 (30 ounce) bag Mr. Dell’s shredded potatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Lowry’s Season Salt
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
Instructions
  1. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish with 1 tablespoon butter

  2. Layer as follows:

         ¼ of the potatoes

         Dot with 1 tablespoon butter

         Sprinkle all over with ½ teaspoon Lowry’s Season Salt

         Sprinkle all over with ½ teaspoon salt

  3. Repete for 3 layers total
  4. Finish with remaining potatoes

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: If not ready to cook and serve, cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  1. When ready to serve, preheat oven to 325 degrees

  2. Pour cream over casserole
  3. Melt remaining tablespoon butter and evenly brush or pour all over top layer of potatoes.
  4. Bake in center of oven uncovered for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

  5. Move potatoes to top oven shelf and turn on broiler. Let potatoes sit under the broiler, watching them contently, until top is crisp and a golden brown.

  6. Remove and serve.

Recipe Notes

GREAT make ahead potato dish. Better than mashed! .

 

Here’s some other fantastic recipes to put you in a Hawaii frame of mind.

Maui Road to Hana Banana Bread

This Road to Hana Banana Bread is moist and flavorful, transporting you to the islands in one bite. The crunchy sugar topping adds sweetness and texture. Read all about it along with our recent vacation to Maui.

Beach Baby Pudding Cups

These Beach Baby Coconut Pudding Cups are everything that's great about the islands! Kids LOVE ‘EM. You will too since they are so easy to make.

Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

Even people who don’t like pineapple or coconut take a bite and say “WOW!” Treat yourself to a mini trip to Hawaii with these luscious Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars.

Hawaiian Wedding Cake

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.

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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!

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 K-a-b-o-b-s 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
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

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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

Easy Island Fried Rice

Easy Island Fried Rice

Easy Fried Rice

Everyone in Hawaii has their own version of fried rice. This is mine.  And I think it’s way better than any Chinese take-out. This homemade version is also healthier and less expensive!  Add some diced spam if you want to make it authentic Hawaiian.  It’s one of the popular side dishes at our luau.

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

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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
  • 1 (20-3/4" x 12-3/4" x 4") disposable aluminum pan (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.

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.

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. 

 

 

Family Size

 

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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Auntie Ahulani’s Amazingly Good Mac Salad

Auntie Ahulani’s Amazingly Good Mac Salad

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Auntie Ahulani’s Amazingly Good Mac Salad recipe

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Are you ready for flaming torches, tropical drinks, amazing roast pig, Huli Huli chicken and all things tiki??  The sound of the Hawaii War Chant is in the air and the leis are lined up.  It is SO on.  In just under 5 weeks… WE ARE HAVING A LUAU!

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Join me over the next month as I post some fabulous Luau Recipes – everything from Beach Baby Pudding Cups to Huli Huli chicken – perfect summer recipes for your next barbecue, cookout or family reunion.  We’ll be starting with one of my personal favorites – Auntie Ahulani’s Amazingly Good Mac Salad.

I received this recipe, along with many others, from Auntie Ahulani, a wonderful Hawaiian lady.   At 76 she is still going strong and, if you’re looking for her, is likely found in her tiny retro kitchen fussing over a bubbling pot of beautiful sun-orange lilikoi jelly. Small but feisty and very kind, Auntie Ahulani was quick to offer to share some of her most amazing recipes with me as long as I would pass them on.  I’ll be sharing them with you in the coming months. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  Here is Aunti Ahulani’s Amazing Good Mac Salad recipe.

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Authentic Hawaiian Mac Salad is ridiculously simple. In fact, a true Hawaiian macaroni salad is basically just macaroni, carrot, mayonnaise, salt and pepper.  If you’re feeling frisky you can add celery, extra onion, potatoes, crab, or peas.  But don’t even think of mixing in ham or pineapple – it’s just not authentic.  This version omits the carrot.

Hawaiian Cole Slaw

Besides being true to the add-in options, there are 2 main things that make Hawaiian Macaroni Salad authentic:  lots of mayonnaise (which is partly why it’s so wonderful) and soft plump macaroni.  Actually the two go hand in hand.  Hawaiians cook their macaroni until it’’s very soft. There’s a reason for this. It enables the macaroni to soak up more of the wonderful dressing. • In Hawaii it’s all about the mayonnaise.

And you don’t want to use just any brand of mayonnaise.  It has to be Hellman’s (sold as Best Foods to our friends west of the Rockies). That’s it.  Trust me, it just won’t taste right with any other brand.  And don’t hold back on the mayonnaise amount.  I know it sounds like a lot, but the creamy delicious results will speak for themselves.

 

Luau Recipes

Have you ever had a Hawaiian-style plate lunch?   Macaroni salad is a staple of the Hawaii-style plate lunch.

A plate lunch is great meal and consists of a scoop of mayonnaise-rich mac salad along with a couple mounds of white rice to mix into some huli huli chicken or teriyaki chicken with a sweet-and-tangy shoyu, sugar, garlic, ginger marinade.  This mac salad is right at home in the mix.

 

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5 from 2 votes
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
Auntie Ahulani’s Macaroni Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A classic authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. An AlohaDreams.com recipe.

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Auntie Ahulani
Ingredients
For the macaroni
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon salt
For the Dressing
  • 3 cups Hellman’s mayonnaise (or Best mayonnaise)
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 pound imitation crab , chopped
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas , cooked
  • 2 stalks celery , chopped
  • 4 large hard boiled eggs , grated
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 green onions chopped
Instructions
  1. In a very large pot bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta. Cook until very soft, about 13 - 15 minutes. Drain pasta and return to pot.
  2. Meanwhile in a large bowl combine onions, crab, peas, salt, pepper and celery. Mix in the mayonnaise.
  3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Chop egg whites and add whites and yolks to the mayonnaise mixture.
  4. Gently stir in the cooked and drained macaroni.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE:
  1. Can, and should, be made at least 4 hours in advance and preferably up to 1 day for the flavors to marry.  Cover and refrigerate.  Serve sprinkled with the chopped green onion.

 

Here’s some other fantastic recipes to put you in a Hawaii frame of mind.

Maui Road to Hana Banana Bread

This Road to Hana Banana Bread is moist and flavorful, transporting you to the islands in one bite. The crunchy sugar topping adds sweetness and texture. Read all about it along with our recent vacation to Maui.

Beach Baby Pudding Cups

These Beach Baby Coconut Pudding Cups are everything that's great about the islands! Kids LOVE ‘EM. You will too since they are so easy to make.

Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

Even people who don’t like pineapple or coconut take a bite and say “WOW!” Treat yourself to a mini trip to Hawaii with these luscious Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars.

Hawaiian Wedding Cake

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.

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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!

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