Hawaiian Thanksgiving Menu

Take a trip to the tropics without leaving your house when you serve up this Hawaiian Thanksgiving menu. We've got a spicy salsa recipe for your appetizer, plus new takes on the usual stuffing and glazed ham (yes, ham!). Plus, we'll share our favorite Hawaiian Thanksgiving side dishes—including a few twists on old favorites.

Say aloha to a fresh island-inspired Thanksgiving menu. These dishes feature plenty of pineapple and coconut that bring a taste of the tropics to your holiday. Dig into our recipes for purple potato soup and pineapple-glazed ham—they'll have your whole family saying "E ʻai kakou!" (Let's eat!) in no time.

Hawaiian Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Add some island flair to your Thanksgiving feast with these seven Hawaiian recipes:

See photos and learn more about each of these Hawaiian Thanksgiving recipes, below.

A little sweet and a little spicy, this Hawaiian recipe is served with a unique mango salsa.

Appetizer: Sweet and Spicy Meatballs with Mango Salsa

Greet Thanksgiving dinner guests at the door with a platter of meatballs topped with an island-inspired mango and sweet pepper salsa. A trio of tasty meats (bacon, beef, and pork) joins forces to guarantee the bite-size apps are a juicy and flavorful start to your dinner. They'll quickly become one of your Hawaiian Thanksgiving traditions.

Make-Ahead Tips:

  • Toss together the salsa up to 24 hours in advance and chill in the refrigerator until it's time to party. 
  • Bake the meatballs just before your crew is set to arrive, then keep them warm in a slow cooker set on low.

Get the recipe: Sweet and Spicy Meatballs with Mango Salsa

This gorgeous purple potato soup recipe adds some of the bright colors of Hawaii to your holiday menu.

Soup: Purple Potato Soup

Watch out, entrée: This bright purple soup might steal the show! This vibrant starter gets its distinctive color from pureed purple potatoes (also known as ube, a popular ingredient in the Philippines and other island nations) and pomegranate juice. Top with a swirl of sour cream and sprinkle with fresh marjoram to serve. This Thanksgiving soup recipe is as tasty as it is beautiful!

Get the recipe: Purple Potato Soup

Coconut milk makes this Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole richer and creamier, but it also adds a touch of Hawaiian sweetness to the side-dish recipe.

Side Dish: Coconut Sweet Potatoes and Wild Rice

This sweet and spicy twist on sweet potato casserole features some unexpected ingredients: coconut milk, peanut butter, and red curry paste. Despite being layered with flavors, it takes just an hour to get it on the table. It's definitely not your usual sweet potato marshmallow casserole—this Hawaiian Thanksgiving side dish is better!

Tip: Prep a batch of rice to pair with dinner earlier in the week so you have cooked rice ready to add to this hearty side.

Get the recipe: Coconut Sweet Potatoes and Wild Rice

Every Thanksgiving dinner has a standout stuffing recipe, and this might be it: dressed-up traditional stuffing with bacon and Hawaiian sweet bread.

Stuffing: Bacon-Date Stuffing

Update traditional Thanksgiving stuffing with dates and Hawaiian sweet bread for a tropical vibe, then add a bit of salty bacon to balance the sweetness. This Hawaiian stuffing recipe will taste amazing alongside turkey or ham—whichever one you're serving this Thanksgiving.

To make dry Hawaiian bread cubes:

  1. Cut six to seven slices of Hawaiian bread into half-inch cubes.
  2. Spread cubes in a single layer on a sheet pan.
  3. Bake at 300°F for 10 to 15 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes.

Get the recipe: Bacon-Date Stuffing

Instead of turkey, give this Thanksgiving ham the spotlight. It has definitely earned it, thanks to a yummy pineapple glaze!

Entrée: Garlic and Pineapple-Glazed Ham

Turkey has had its turn. Wondering what to serve for Thanksgiving besides turkey? Try ham as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving menu this year! A Hawaiian-theme feast wouldn't be complete without pineapple—and since ham and pineapple are a time-honored pairing, this entrée makes perfect sense. This recipe's sweet glaze of honey, pineapple, garlic, and crushed red pepper is brushed liberally over the ham halfway through baking. For a sweet-tangy finish, top with additional pineapple wedges.

Get the recipe: Garlic- and Pineapple-Glazed Ham

Instead of meticulously planning wine pairings for Thanksgiving, opt for this creamy, fruity punch recipe with spiced rum to serve alongside your Hawaiian Thanksgiving menu.

Drink: Coconut Cream Island Punch

Transport yourself and your guests to a row of hammocks on the beach with this star fruit, grapefruit, and coconut rum punch. All that will be missing is the sound of crashing waves. It's a perfect complement to your Hawaiian Thanksgiving meal. And since it makes a large batch, you can have another glass to celebrate after the leftovers are packed away.

Tip: To cut down on added sugars, replace the grapefruit soda with grapefruit-flavor sparkling water.

Get the recipe: Coconut Cream Island Punch

No matter what your Hawaiian Thanksgiving weather forecast says, this upgrade to classic pumpkin pie will make you feel like you're relaxing on the beach.

Dessert: Honeyed Yogurt Pumpkin Pie

Hawaiian Thanksgiving desserts don't have to be complicated. In fact, it's pumpkin pie as usual—until you sprinkle it with a tasty tropical streusel! Chopped pistachios and coconut flakes stick to the warm-weather theme while adding new flavors to this traditional Thanksgiving dessert. No time to make homemade pastry? Simply use a refrigerated piecrust.

Get the recipe: Honeyed Yogurt Pumpkin Pie with Pistachio-Coconut Streusel


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