It’s awards season in Hollywood, and for those of us who are not on the
red carpet, Hollywood’s big night is a great reason to bring friends and
family together for fun times and good food. With the year’s most
prestigious awards about to be presented, party hosts are looking for
new ways to make their guests feel special. Throwing an awards-themed
soiree of your own is easy and simple when you take a cue from one of
last year’s nominees, “The Descendants,” and host the Hawaiian way.
“When you host the Hawaiian way it’s really about welcoming your friends
and family together and making everyone feel like a star—the more the
merrier,” said Courtney Taira, King’s Hawaiian spokesperson and
granddaughter of the company’s founder. “That doesn’t mean you have to
prepare a fancy, formal meal. There are many simple ways to make your
party feel special, and still give you time to spend with your
guests—which means more fun for everyone.”
How do you entertain the Hawaiian Way? Taira recommends serving buffet
style so that everyone can mingle as they enjoy the spread. For a larger ohana
(the Hawaiian word for close friends and family) or when encouraging
friends to bring friends, making your gathering a pot-luck event is a
perfect option. If you want to serve something similar to what the stars
will be enjoying at the official after-party, try making Kobe Beef
Sliders using KING’S HAWAIIAN Dinner Rolls. The recipe is easy to scale
for a larger crowd, and works well in a buffet setting.
Another fun way to encourage everyone to bring a special creation of
their own is to announce a “Best Dish” challenge when you extend
invitations. Create a “Best Dish” award ballot, let everyone vote for
the Best Dish and then offer a signature Hawaiian prize like a fresh
flower lei to the winner.
The anticipation for the best movie of the year winner is matched by the
anticipation for dessert. Make your guests feel special by preparing
KING’S HAWAIIAN White Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce.
It is easy to prepare ahead of time so that it’s ready to serve at a
Every awards-viewing party needs a touch of glamour. Try picking up an
inexpensive red carpet (commonly sold at party stores) and encourage
guests to wear their favorite black-tie fashions. You can also print a
sample awards ballot and have everyone fill in their predictions before
the show starts. The guest with the most correct predictions could
receive a small prize, could get the “paparazzi treatment” which is a
chance to pose on the red carpet for 30 seconds while everyone flashes
away, or offer them the honor of hosting the awards viewing party next
These recipes can be found at www.KingsHawaiian.com.
Kobe Beef Sliders
1 pound American Kobe
2 oz. steak seasoning
4 oz. Maytag blue cheese
Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 12-pack KING'S
HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls
Hand press ground beef on a cutting board until flattened to
approximately 2 inches.
Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the slider patties and
lightly season each. Set aside.
Heat a medium griddle or tabletop grill to medium heat and coat the
surface with vegetable oil.
Brown the patties by cooking for 4 to 5 minutes, allowing each side to
cook for about 2 minutes.
When the patties are almost done, top each with a slice or two of blue
Remove the patties from the grill once the cheese is melted.
Split KING'S HAWAIIAN rolls and lightly brush the insides with olive
oil before toasting on the grill/griddle surface (brushed side down).
Place patties in the toasted rolls and serve immediately.
White Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Caramel
1 (16-oz.) KING’S HAWAIIAN
Original Hawaiian Sweet Round Bread
2 cups heavy cream
cups white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 tsp. vanilla extract
cups toasted pecans, chopped
Ingredients for Caramel Sauce (or purchase your
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
tsp. corn syrup
1 3/4 cups heavy cream
6 tbsp. butter or
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Cut the bread into cubes the night before and leave out to become a
In a medium saucepan, heat the cream over medium heat. Meanwhile,
place the white chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. When the cream
comes to a simmer, remove the pan from the heat and slowly pour over
the chips, whisking until the chips melt. Whisk the sugar into the
mixture; add the milk, eggs, egg yolks and vanilla.
Add the bread to the bowl, gently stirring to coat the cubes. Set the
mixture aside to allow the bread to soak, tossing periodically (about
30 to 40 minutes or so).
Toss the pecans into the soaked bread mixture, then pour into a baking
dish (individual dishes can be used for single servings).
Place in 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes. Test the bread pudding
to make sure the top is golden brown and the inside is cooked (not too
Remove from oven and serve with caramel sauce.
Caramel Sauce Preparation
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrup. Place
over high heat and cook until the sugar dissolves and begins to boil.
Note: Do not stir the sugar, as this could cause it to seize.
While the sugar is cooking, combine the cream, butter and salt in a
saucepan over medium heat. Keep an eye on the sugar while heating the
cream to keep it from scorching. Cook until the butter melts, stirring
it into the cream. When the mixture comes to a simmer, remove from
Continue to cook the sugar until it darkens to a rich caramel color, 9
to 15 minutes. Swirl the pan as the sugar darkens – watch carefully as
it can burn easily at this stage.
When sugar mixture is rich caramel in color, immediately remove the
pan from the heat and add the cream mixture in a slow, steady stream.
The sugar will bubble and steam as the cream is added. Stir in the
When the pudding is baked, spoon generous helpings into bowls. Drizzle
the sauce over the portion and serve immediately.
About King’s Hawaiian
Founded more than 60 years ago in Hilo, Hawaii, by Robert R. Taira,
King’s Hawaiian is a family-owned business that for three generations
has been dedicated to making irresistible, original recipe Hawaiian
foods made with Aloha Spirit. Kings Hawaiian makes the #1 branded dinner
roll in the United States, and operates more than 270,000 square feet of
baking facilities in Torrance, California and Oakwood, Georgia. For more
information, visit the company’s website at kingshawaiian.com, “Like”
King’s Hawaiian on Facebook and follow King’s Hawaiian on Twitter.