Sunday, August 12, 2012

Onolicious Lau Lau

Aloha! We got this recipe from the local newspaper here in Hawaii. The contributor of this recipe comes to us from Betty Shimabukuro. She has made the selection process easy because her passion for food radiates through her joy of cooking as she extends the aloha spirit to everyone. I also chose Betty's recipe 'cause her name reminds me of Betty Crocker (just joking!). Enjoy!

By: Betty Shimabukuro

2 pounds luau leaves, trimmed of stems and fibrous parts
3 pounds pork butt, cut in large chunks
3 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/4 cup sea salt, divided use
Ti leaves to line the crock pot
1 pound sweet potato, scrubbed, cut in 3/4-inch slices

** Blanch luau leaves in a pot of boiling water, cooking 2 to 3 minutes until wilted 
(otherwise leaves will not fit into crock pot)
**Rub pork with 2 teaspoons liquid smoke and 2 Tablespoons salt
**Line bottom of 6-quart Crock-Pot with ti leaves
**Top with pork pieces
**Cover with half the luau leaves
**Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon salt
**Top with sweet potato and remaining luau leaves
(No need to add water. Liquid forms from the pork and luau leaves)
**Cover with more ti leaves
**Cook on LOW for approx. 5-6 hours

Note: If you would want to add chicken to the here for instructions.

Ti leaves, Pork Butt, Kosher Salt, 
Luau Leaves, Liquid Smoke

Liquid Smoke, Kosher Salt,
and Pork Butt

Boil a pot of water to prepare the
softening of the Luau leaves or it
won't fit into the crock pot.

Cut the stems from each of the Luau 
Leaves while waiting for the water 
to boil.

Place the Luau leaves in boiling

Continue to add the Luau leaves
to the hot water to soften the
leaves. Then drain the water.

Rinse the Ti leaves and wipe with
a paper towel to dry. Start lining the
bottom of the crock pot with the 
Ti leaves.

Be sure to overlap the Ti leaves
while placing on the bottom of the 
crock pot because this is the base
for the Lau Lau.

Slice the Pork Butt into thick strips

Place the Pork Butt strips into a 
large bowl. Rub the liquid smoke 
and salt into the pork.

Place the slab atop the Ti leaves.

Line the pork slabs on the bottom 

Start placing the leaves atop the 
Pork slabs

It should look completely covered
as pictured above. Don't forget
to sprinkle salt atop the Luau leaves.

Sweet Potatoes need to be rinsed,
 trimmed, peeled, and sliced into 

This is how the Sweet Potatoes
should look after cutting it into

Start placing the Sweet Potatoes
atop the Luau leaves in the crock 

It should look like this when all of 
the Sweet Potato chunks are in.
Sprinkle a dab of salt atop the 
Sweet Potatoes.

Use the remaining Luau Leaves to
cover the Sweet Potatoes. Don't 
forget to sprinkle salt over the 
Sweet Potatoes and atop the 
Luau Leaves.

Cut 3 Ti Leaves in half and place
at the top of the Luau Leaves and
cover the crock pot. Set it on LOW. 
Let the magic happen in 5-6 hours.

This is how it will look when you
remove the cover.

After removing the Ti leaves. You
will be immediately greeted by the 
Sweet Potatoes on the top.

Once everything is done...gently scoop down and pull out a piece of your very own onolicious lau lau. There are many variations of adding more surpises...however, we chose to keep it simple. We enjoy eating our lau lau with rice, potato/crab salad, ahi poke w/onions, and lomi lomi salmon. In fact, that's exactly what we did. Another favorite is to enjoy eating lau lau with poi. Stay tuned as our next dish will be Kalua Pork.


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Anonymous said...

Great presentation. I love it! At the end, it's so inviting. Got me wanting to make this recipe in a crock pot. Which I will. Love the pictures, it gives it more detailed description step by step. "Onolicous Laulau" invites you to a wonderful prepared meal made in a crock. Who would've thought about making a Laulau dish in a crock pot? That's what your presented here Seda, another great deconstructed recipe prepared in a crock pot. God Bless you!

Seda P. said...

Thank you so much. I wanted to post a picture of my plate...but it would've had other side dishes that weren't cooked in the crock-pot (Hahahaha). However, I did mention the sides that we ate with our "Onolicious Lau Lau." You will not be disappointed with this great-tasting recipe. It's rich and flavorful. God Bless you too!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I had no idea you could make lau lau in a crock pot. In our house the crock is simply used to cook stews and chili. Who would have thought to make lau lau in a crock pot.....not me. Thanks to you I found a new use for the ole crocker.

Seda P. said...

I know right? Imagine my surprise when I found this recipe from Betty Shimabukuro? I was amazed and just had to try it. I didn't add the chicken to this recipe however, it turned out to be very delicious. It is actually quite simple and troublesome free. I encourage you to try it...I guarantee you will love it! Thanks for stopping by and please visit to see what else can be done with a crock-pot. :)

Cindy Galeon said...

Get the Crock outta here! I would've never thought to make laulau in a crock pot! Thanks Girl for the recipe, gonna try it some time this week! I will let you know how it came out! Tanks Eh! Lol! Gonna be Stealth mode after I eat this, I just know it!

Seda P. said...

Oh is absolutely, positively, without a doubt; Magnificent! I'm so glad you stopped by to visit my blog and even signed in. Did you see the other 2 anonymous peeps above you? You know them too. Hahahaha! But yes Girl...I guarantee you will love it!

Anonymous said...

Mahalo nui for your pictured way of showing how to make the lau lau and the explanation with it.Can't go wrong.I use a pressure cooker but will have to try the crock pot way. It look mobeta and moe easy.Miss da local food living here in Oregon but will just have to make my own.
Thanks and Mele kalikimaka.
Paul Rivera

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