Sunday, October 7, 2012

Potluck Birthday Dinner, Hawaiian Chile

I had fun making a new recipe, well, new to me a couple of weeks ago, and I took it to a friends birthday party.   And it was well received, very well received, I only had a couple spoonfuls left to take home.  Which is a good thing.

There were lots of other good things at the potluck though.  The star of the show was the Turkey, but there were other dishes to try as well.

Hawaiian Chile, Baklava, Shrimp, Potato Salad, Guacamole, Killer Hot Wings, Tomato and Squash Casserole and Angel Food cake for dessert.  Well, I made do with the Baklava, didn't taste the cake, cause, gee it was Baklava and not only Baklava, but homemade Baklava.  Need I go on?

I wanted to share the recipe for the Hawaiian Chile, partly cause it was so good, but also because it's one of those dishes that can be served warm or room temperature.   A different twist on a chile recipe, which is always a good thing.     If you're a pineapple lover, this really is good.  And also Debbie was nice enough to send me the recipe.  Don'tcha love it when people share recipes?   I know I do.  You can find the recipe at the end here.

But first the pictures, I'm such a visual person, I like to look at pictures of food anyway, but you probably figured this out already.
The turkey.   I mean who says you can only eat it once or so a year.

Hot Wings, I called them Killer Hot Wings earlier, cause they were sooooo good.   They were prepared with a dry rub first, baked in the oven and then finished off with a wet mop.   The spices in here weren't your Buffalo Style ones either, there were cloves, cinnamon, allspice and the layers of flavor were really incredible.    I am so going to get this recipe, and when I do, I'm making it.    Tender, spicy, layers and layers of spice and flavor.  sigh,  now I'm making myself hungry for them again. I'm going to ask Mark for this recipe. 

This was a unique dish as well.   Tomatoes, squash and potatoes.   And can't forget the cheese.   I love to try new stuff.  I'm going to be asking Ginny for this recipe as well.
 Guacamole and Shrimp.   Always good to have at any kind of potluck

As you can see, there was a spread.

 Baklava, and if you noticed a piece missing, that wasn't me, really, it wasn't.   I restrained myself and only took a piece after I took pictures. 
 Potato Salad, and there was a unique idea here.   Rather than cube the potatoes, they'd been sliced and then dressed.   Something I'm going to try next time I make my MIL's Potato Salad.  And a recipe I will share here, cause I think it's the potato salad recipe.   Maybe next week.
I also brought some Boozy Cranberry Sauce and it was well received.   With Thanksgiving coming up you may want to give this recipe a try.  It freezes very well by the way.   Which is why I brought some, I thought people might like some alongside the turkey.

And last but most definitely not least, the Hawaiian Chile.  Sorry for the blurry picture, sometimes I just get so excited at the sight of food I can't restrain myself and I jiggle the camera. 

Hawaiian Chili
1 lb. ground round
1 lg. onion (diced)
2 lg. cloves garlic (diced) More or less garlic to taste.
1 pkg. chile seasoning
brown all together
1 lg can Bush's baked beans
1 med. can Dole's crushed pineapple
serve hot or cold and enjoy   

As with anything like this it is always better the "next day" but can be ready to go to a party in 20 minutes time.
Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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