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luau stew

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Shirley Makekau
Washougal, WA

Ok, When I first moved to Hawaii in 1970 with my Native Hawaiian husband and 3 children I was introduced to this recipe from my sister in law who has since passed on but she was a wonderful cook. I use different seasoning than hers as well(she just used Hawaiian salt for seasoning... This picture of the stew looks foggy cause I took a picture of it while it was cooking hence you see steam coming up..and forgot to take a picture of it in a bowl before we had it for supper the other night. Its a family favorite and especially is to my youngest son. In Hawaii the sides for it would be poi and poki but since we moved to WA state I can't run to the store and buy a sack of poi. So instead hubby makes Poki and I serve rice with it for him and make a pan of cornbread for me.. I can tell you this stew is good!

(1 rating)
yield 8 -10
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr

Ingredients For luau stew

  • 2 bunch
    luau leaves ( leaves from the taro plant)
  • stems of the luau leaves
  • hawaiian salt or sea salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 1/2-3/4 c
    granulated chicken boullion
  • water

How To Make luau stew

  • 1
    Take off the stems of the luau leave and peel off the outer skins of stems and then break the stems into pieces
  • 2
    Place the luau leaves and broken up stems in the kitchen sink that is filled with water. Let it sit in the water while you go to the next step.
  • 3
    In a big pot put a little cooking oil in the there and then add the stew meat and brown it.
  • 4
    Next after browning up the meat add water to fill 1/2 the pot. I skim off the scum that is on the top of the water.
  • 5
    Add the seasoning.. I believe I added 1 tsp sea salt, the 1 TBSP minced garlic, and the chicken boullion granules.. stir it up and let it cook with the meat while we go to the next step.
  • 6
    Back to the sink I clean the leaves and stems with the first wash and then let all that water run out and replace water again and give the leaves and stems another wash.
  • 7
    Then I get my cutting board and a sharp knife and take about 3-4 of the leaves and roll them up and cut into strips.
  • 8
    Place the cut up luau leaves in the pot along with the stems and let it cook for about one hour or till meat is tender. I also taste test to check the seasonings. if more salt is needed etc. When done laddle into bowls and enjoy!!

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