Danit Schusterman, wife of Rabbi Sholom Schusterman of the Maui Mitzvah Center, a Chabad house, has served thousands of Shabbat, holiday, and other special meals at her Upcountry Maui home. She has now collected her distinctive yet quick and easy recipes in a beautiful new cookbook, Maui Kosher.
Ms. Schusterman explains in her introduction that living on Maui, where there is a scarcity of processed kosher food, has made her rely on her creativity and on the abundance of wonderful local produce. She very much appreciates the avocadoes growing on her backyard tree, the sweet Kula strawberries at the farmers’ market near her home, as well as all the other delicious tropical fruits and vegetables that grow in the rich volcanic soil.
Homemade teriyaki sauce (recipe in the book) or a bottled kosher one is a feature of the easily prepared Salmon Teriyaki recipe. The Broiled Mahimahi, a fish found in the oceans of Hawai’i, or the Poached ‘Opakapaka,’ a pink snapper which abounds in the Pacific waters, would be perfect to serve as a first or second course. The Okinawan Sweet Potatoes with Lime could accompany a meat or fish dish. Although any type of sweet potato may be substituted, the Okinawan has a beautiful purple color. Bring the Maui Gold Pineapple Salsa to the table and you are having an island feast. The dessert of Strawberry Napoleons made with fresh sliced strawberries would be a most yummy ending for a dairy meal. The Tropical Fruit Salad speaks of the island flavors.
Hawai’i boasts many varieties of mango, a featured ingredient in Pepper Steak with Mango. Not necessarily Hawaiian dishes, the Italian Baked Chicken or the Orange Soy Chicken must make the Chabad House dinner guests very content.
We have friends who bring us macadamia nuts each year after their visit to the Islands, hence I eagerly turned to the recipe for Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, which are made with just two ingredients: chocolate chips and roasted salted macadamia nuts. Highly recommended! With great pleasure, I say “Aloha” and welcome you to the wonderful flavors of Hawai’i. Each recipe is accompanied by a color photograph. Index, list of kosher symbols.
Recipe: Spanish Olive Dip
The inspiration behind Maui Kosher