Thursday, April 9, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Pu Pu Platter

My Grandma Virginia loved Hawaii and it was from her that I first heard the word Pupu.

A Pu Pu Platter (or pupus) is a tray of Hawaiian cuisine consisting of an assortment of small meat and seafood appetizers.  A typical pupu platter might include, egg rolls, spare ribs, chicken wings, beef teriyaki among other items.

The pupu platter was probably first introduced to restaurants in the U.S. mainland by Don the Beachcomber in 1934. The earliest known print reference to a pupu platter served at a Chinese restaurant is from 1969.

In Hawaiian language, pupu denotes a relish, appetizer, canape or hors d'oeuvre; it originally meant "snail" but also referred to small bits of fish or chicken.

Here are some local Hawaiian favorite for you next pupu platter!


Asian "Crabby" Stuffed Mushrooms


24 large button mushrooms, stems removed (and discarded)
12 slices of bacon, cut in half
1 1/2 cup imitation crab meat, shredded
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup onion, minced
2 tablespoons green onion, chopped
1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
1-4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper as needed


Preheat oven to 375 F.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, combine crab meat, eggs, onion, green onion, peas, mayonnaise, lemon juice, breadcrumbs, cheese and salt and pepper.  Add additional mayonnaise to bring to a desired consistency.  

Fill each mushroom cap with mixture.  Wrap a slice of bacon around stuffed mushroom.  Place mushrooms onto baking sheet.  Bake 15-18 minutes until bacon is crisp.

Guava Glazed Meatballs


1 8oz jar Guava jam/jelly (if you can't find, you can use apricot or grape)
1 12oz jar Heinz chili sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 bag cocktail meatballs, cooked (I use frozen from Costco)


Add the jam, chili sauce, brown sugar, and oyster sauce into a crockpot or large pan (if warming on stove top). Whisk together the ingredients until well combined.

Add the meatballs into the crockpot or pan and toss them in the sauce until completely coated.  Set the crock pot to low or heat the sauce pan to a simmer and cook meatballs for at least 2 hours in crockpot or 1 hour on stove before serving.

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