Another birthday come and gone, but not without leaving it's mark of great memories, tons of laughter, lots of recycling and an over all feeling that I am very blessed to have such wonderful family and friends to share my life with. The best way I know to show people how loved they are in my life is feeding them some kick ass food. So, that is what I did.
The luau theme came up only because there was a pool involved for all who wanted to partake, plus I was in the mood for just that combination of sweet and spicy that a Hawaiian menu can provide. The main course were split into two options: The Hawaiian Pulled Pork & The Spicy Mango Shredded Chicken. For sides, there was the Grilled Pineapple Salsa, 7-Layer Salad, a variety of salted nuts and party mixes, and an onion dip that would put hair on even the most hardened chest.
Due to much fun and lots of talking, there are not pictures of the whole spread or really anything after guests started arriving. What I do have to share with you is around $100 worth of food that served 35+ people. Some changes that I would make is that I would start the Pulled Pork the night before, so that it can be shredded before guests arrive, I would find a new onion dip recipe that wasn't so strong, and would assign someone to take pictures...I truly have only 1 picture of the whole day with friends and family. Silver lining - I have some amazing people in my life and even with no pictures, I will never forget the moment where a full house of people that I love sang happy birthday to me. So very happy.
Now ... on to the main courses.
Hawaiian Pulled Pork
Very tasty. Just the right amount of sweet and spicy...plus so tender from all the time in the slow cooker. I doubled this batch due to the amount of people coming over. Probably would've been OK with the regular size recipe since there was the chicken also. I ended up with quite a bit of left overs, but used them in an awesome pizza...that recipe coming soon. Also, when doubling the recipe, I would recommend setting the slow cooker to high for the first 2 hours and then reducing to the low setting for the next 6-7 hours.
Spicy Mango Shredded Chicken
Now, this is going to be a seriously tough one folks. I can beat Claire Robinson on this recipe...less than five ingredients and mighty tasty!
Happy Slow Cooking!