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Tiki Tuesday: Some of Our Favorite Luau Recipes

Posted Meagan Kyla Hendrickson Cocktails Lifestyle Tiki

Luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast that is usually accompanied by entertainment. Get a few free tunes for your next luau here.


Happy Tiki Tuesday!

I wanted to share some of my favorite luau foods that I like to serve our guests when we are entertaining them in The Hut. There are a plethora of recipes to choose from (some versions are vegan and vegetarian), yet I like to keep things simple and tend to stick to the three major food groups; SPAM, pineapple and rum. Hahaha!!! 

Tiki Tuesday Luau Foods


Spicy Avocado Dip-Recipe from the Retro Luau book by Richard Perry


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsps curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup Macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crisp bacon, crumbled


Peel, seed, and mash avocado with a fork. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve immediately or keep chilled and stir again just before serving. Serves 6 to 8.

Curry Mustard Glazed Meatballs (crockpot recipe)

  • 1 jar of pineapple preserves
  • 1 bottle of Dijon mustard (approximately 8 oz.)
  • 1 can of pineapple tidbits in juice, undrained
  • 1/2 cup of packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2-2.5 pounds of frozen cooked Italian-style meatballs 

In small saucepan, mix all ingredients except meatballs. Heat to boiling. Place meatballs into crockpot stirring in hot glaze. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, stir well after 2 hours. Just before serving, stir again to coat meatballs with sauce.

Chex Mix

Here is the recipe, but I just buy a bag. Hahaha!

Tiki Tuesday Luau Food SPAM sliders

SPAM Sliders

  • 2 cans of SPAM
  • King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • Fresh pineapple, cored and cut into slices
  • Pepper Jack cheese

Cut SPAM into about 1/4 inch slices and pan fry into crispy. Slice sweet rolls and then layer a crispy slice of SPAM on the bottom, piece of pepper jack cheese and half a pineapple slice on top. 


Tiki Tuesday Luau Foods

A luau party isn't complete without a tropical libation or two, so here's a rum punch recipe we enjoy.

Trader Vic's Scorpion recipe


  • 1 1/2 bottles Puerto Rican rum
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 2 oz. brandy
  • 16 oz. lemon juice
  • 8 oz. orange juice
  • 8 oz. Orgeat (almond syrup)
  • 2 sprigs of mint
  • 1/2 bottle white wine


Mix thoroughly, pour over cracked ice.

If the Scorpion doesn't wet your whistle, be sure to check out the many, many cocktail recipes we have collected over the years! Oh and if you like the Marqo Coconut mugs, be sure to shop our Tiki Farm section for all our awesome Tiki mug offerings!

Aloha and Mahalo! I hope I inspired you to infuse some tropical delights into your next gathering.


Meagan Kyla














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