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.
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.
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.
Get the recipe: Sweet and Spicy Meatballs with Mango Salsa
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
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
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:
Get the recipe: Bacon-Date Stuffing
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
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
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