Say aloha to a fresh island-inspired Thanksgiving menu. Dishes featuring plenty of pineapple and coconut bring a taste of the tropics to your holiday table. 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.
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 pepper salsa. A trio of tasty meats (bacon, beef, and pork) join forces to guarantee the bite-size apps are moist and flavorful.
- 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
Soup: Purple Potato Soup
Watch out entrée. This bright purple soup might just 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.
Get the recipe: Purple Potato Soup
Don't forget a side of rolls to soak up every last drop! Each of these eight options are done in less than 60 minutes.
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's easy to get on the table in an hour.
Tip: Prep a batch of rice to pair with dinner earlier in the week (or order takeout) so you have cooked rice ready to add to this hearty side.
Get the recipe: Coconut Sweet Potatoes and Wild Rice
Stuffing: Bacon-Date Stuffing
Update traditional Thanksgiving stuffing with dates and Hawaiian sweet bread for tropical vibes, then add a bit of salty bacon to balance out the sweetness.
To make dry Hawaiian bread cubes:
- Cut six to seven slices of Hawaiian bread into half-inch cubes.
- Spread cubes in a single layer on a sheet pan.
- Bake at 300 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes to help all sides get even heat.
Get the recipe: Bacon-Date Stuffing
Entree: Garlic and Pineapple-Glazed Ham
Turkey has had its turn. Try ham as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving menu this year!
A Hawaiian-themed feast wouldn't be complete without pineapple, and since ham and pineapple are a time-honored pairing, this entree makes perfect sense. This recipe's sweet glaze calls for honey, pineapple, garlic, and red pepper, liberally brushed over the ham halfway through baking. For a sweet-tangy finish, garnish with additional pineapple wedges.
Get the recipe: Garlic- and Pineapple-Glazed Ham
From scoring to serving, here's everything you need to know to serve the most succulent ham ever.
Drink: Coconut Cream Island Punch
Transport you 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 from the experience is the sound of crashing waves (and, oh yes, the 80-degree weather).
Tip: To cut down on added sugars, replace the grapefruit soda with grapefruit-flavored sparkling water.
Get the recipe: Coconut Cream Island Punch
Dessert: Honeyed Yogurt Pumpkin Pie
It's pumpkin pie as usual—until you sprinkle it with a tasty tropical streusel! Chopped pistachios and coconut flakes stick to warm-weather theme while adding new flavors to this traditional Thanksgiving dessert.
No time to make homemade pastry? Simply trade in a refrigerated piecrust.
Get the recipe: Honeyed Yogurt Pumpkin Pie with Pistachio-Coconut Streusel
Add a Taste of the Tropics to Your Decor
Now that your Hawaiian Thanksgiving menu is all set, infuse a some island flair into your home decor, too.