Hawaiian Style Pineapple & Spicy Mango Chicken Sausage

Hawaiian Style Pineapple & Spicy Mango Chicken Sausage

Several culinary cultures have had an influence on the Hawaiian Islands.

It started with the Polynesian’s migration to the islands around 400 A.D.

The Polynesian cuisine offers a wide variety of specialities, mostly based on seafood and exotic fruit.

But the food culture took a dramatic turn around the mid-19th century.

Culinary Influence On Hawaii

Culinary influences came to the islands first with the Chinese around 1852.

They brought Dim sum, stir-fry, dumplings, sweet and sour dishes along with long grain rice.

Dim Sum

The Japanese arrived to the islands around 1868. The Japanese are considered to have the most influence on Hawaiian cuisine.

The foods the Japanese brought was sashimi, tofu, bentos, shave ice just to mention a few.

Next came the Portuguese arrived in 1878. With them they brought Portuguese sausage, now a breakfast staple, as well as sweet bread.

Portuguese Sausage – An island favorite found on every breakfast table

The Puerto Rican’s arrived around the 1900’s. Bring with them dishes that included pastele stew, honto (gandule – pigeon peas) rice, and panadejas or empanadas.

Hawaii’s favorite foods were brought by the Korean’s in 1902, which includes kimchi (tangy cabbage condiment), and Korean fried chicken.

Spicy Korean Fried Chicken

In 1916 came pancit (rice noodles), papaya chicken, and lumpia or spring rolls with the arrival of the Filipino’s.

After World War II, there was a large American military presence in Hawaii.

The US government needed to feed a lot of soldiers everyday, but it was extremely difficult to get fresh meat out to Hawaii.

Spam Fills The Hawaiian Pantries

So, the soldiers ended up being fed a lot of SPAM, which is cheap and non-perishable.

So much SPAM was sent, that the soldiers gave the cans to be sold in the markets. The rest is history, as Hawaiian’s love SPAM.

Hawaiian Style Pineapple & Spicy Mango Chicken Sausage

Hawaiian Style Pineapple & Spicy Mango Chicken Sausage

1 12 ounce Spicy Mango with Jalapeño Chicken sausage, cut into rings about 1 inch thick

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 large white onion, diced

1 large red sweet pepper, diced

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1 inch fresh ginger, grated (about 1 1/2 tsp.)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/3 cup soy sauce

juice of 1 lime

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1 1/2 tablespoon honey

1 pound pineapple chunks (if using canned, drain)

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

brown rice or white rice, cooked

red pepper flakes, optional

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil, onions, and sweet peppers and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, and pepper and cook for 1 more minute.

Add chicken sausage and continue to cook for 3 more minutes.

Mix the cornstarch and soy sauce in a small bowl then add to the pan, along with lime juice, pineapple juice, and honey. Stir in and sauté for 2-3 minutes until sauce is thickened to your liking.

Fold in pineapple chunks, cilantro, and red pepper flakes (if using) and cook for another 2 minutes.

Serve with brown or white rice.

Hawaiian style food is delicious. You need to make this Hawaiian Fried Rice.

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Hawaiian Fried Rice

After the first contact with the people of the Hawaiian islands in 1778, sugar plantations were planted. And later pineapple plantations.

As the plantations grew, so did the demand for workers, which brought immigrants to the Islands between 1850 and 1930.

Along with them they brought cuisines from China, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Portugal.

After World War II several restaurants sprung up to serve “Hawaiian Food.”

Later in 1992 the islands style of cooking was labeled Hawaii Regional Cuisine.

Hawaiian cuisine makes use of locally grown ingredients to blend all of Hawaii’s historical influences together to form a new fusion cuisine.

During the early 1970s, Hawaiian poke was introduced and became popular. With that introduction also became popular in the new fusion cuisine was soy sauce, green onions and chili peppers.

The first immigrant workers to Hawaii were the Chinese, who introduced long grain rice to the islands around 1860.

Later the Japanese introduced short grain rice which became the preferred rice to use in Hawaiian cuisine.

Hawaii no longer produces rice, but has it imported for the many rice dishes that are prepared.

According to Hawaii.com, rice is Hawaii’s staple starch.

Much like the dish, Hawaiian Fried Rice.

Hawaiian Fried Rice

2 cups ham, cooked, chopped

1 small purple onion chopped

1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped

1 tablespoon avocado oil

3 eggs lightly beaten

3 cups rice cooked

1 cup pineapple tidbits

1 tablespoon sesame seed oil

3 tablespoons soy sauce more or less to taste

2 tablespoons green onion, chopped, garnish

Preheat a large skillet or wok to medium heat. Pour vegetable oil in the bottom. Add chopped ham, white onion, and red bell pepper and fry until tender.

Slide the ham onion, and red bell pepper to the side, and pour the beaten eggs onto the other side.

Using a spatula, scramble the eggs. Once cooked, mix the eggs with the vegetable mix.

Add the rice and pineapple to the veggie, ham and egg mixture. Pour the soy sauce and sesame oil on top.

Stir and fry the rice and vegetable mixture until heated through and combined.

Add chopped green onions if desired.

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