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Secret and Unique Recipes of Maui's Best Restaurants, Past and Present

Recipe Samples

EVIL JUNGLE PIZZA - lahaina coolers restaurant


evil jungle pizza


* Combine salt, honey, olive oil, and cool water. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and allow proofing for 10-minutes. Place flour in food processor, on slow speed, pour the salt and honey liquid through the feed tube. Then add the dissolved yeast. Process until dough forms a ball on the blade. If it is sticky, sprinkle a little flour on it. Remove it and transfer to a lightly floured surface and kneed until it is smooth. Place in a buttered bowl and allow the dough to rise for 30-minutes. Divide into 4-equal parts. Roll each piece into a smooth tight ball. Place on flat sheet, refrigerate until needed. Remove dough 1-hour before using to allow it to come to room temperature.


* Whip in mixer using whip attachment. Sauce should be thick, yet pour able. Add water, if needed to achieve desired consistency.
* On a slightly oiled baking sheet, flatten dough balls into 8-inch round. Crimp edges, and then build with ingredients in the following order.


* Bake in oven at 550° for 8-minutes, or until dough is golden brown. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.


* Grilled Mahi with Hawaiian pineapple, papaya salsa
* Blackened Ahi with fresh basil, Dijon mustard
* Pan fried Opakapaka with fresh herb caper chardonnay butter GRILLED MAHI MAHI

*Lightly oil with virgin olive oil then grill one or two more minutes on each side. Reserve PINEAPPLE PAPAYA SALSA

Salt, pepper to taste.


* Toss all ingredients in a small bowl. Allow to stand for at least 2- hours in refrigerator. When serving, spoon over Mahi Mahi.

mahi mahi

LEMONGRASS CHICKEN - Avalon restaurant


lemmongrass chicken

* Marinade chicken for 24 hours. 2-oz. Macadamia nuts (chopped 2-oz. fresh mint chopped)
* Mix everything together


* Mix together


* Lay out marinated chicken in a baking dish and bake for 25- minutes at 350˚. Remove and cool. To finish chicken, place over high heat for 5-minutes per side and brown. Set aside. Chicken should be caramelized. Remove and slice.


* Use Kulan or Manoa lettuce leaves. Fried Mai Fun Noodles (rice noodles). Fill lettuce leaf with 1-tsp. rice noodle, 1-tsp. sliced chicken, 1-tsp. topping and 1-tsp. dressing. Serve as finger food.