(recipe located @ bottom of post)
In my World travels I have traveled no place more beautiful than Kauai. That said, this post is being submitted with my feet in the sand, sun upon my shades, a case of Corona resting close by, & my beach chair perched within meters of this Paradise’s aquamarine waters. A million miles from home & thinking of grilling!! Sounds rather excruciating, right??!
For some background, this is one of many adventures in a line of excursions (and… MORE to come) through Central America, Australia/Tasmania, from one side of the Atlantic to the Pacific, from sea to shining sea, coastlines to mounts tops, & one side of the World to the other. Each destination with its own unique culture, history, people, & culinary flavors. This most recent trip has been an opportunity to get away from the hustle/bustle of daily obligations, priorities, technology, Michigan SNOW! & all other facets of “normal” daily life… This is an adventure of hiking, diving, fishing, sunshine, beaches, luaus & grass skirts.
To paint the picture, Kauai is the oldest, 4th largest, & most western of the Hawaiian Archipelago (Well… There is one additional inhabited island that sits just beyond the pacific horizon from Kauai’s western coast, but Ni’iahu is privately owned & generally no foreign visitors have been welcomed to the island since the 1800′s). The Garden Isle is primitive & awe inspiring, with breathtaking views of gargantuan coastline cliffs, pristine beaches, secluded waterfalls, rainforests, the grand canyon of the Pacific & evidence from one side of the island to the other of it’s Volcanic origins. In between towns such as Waimea, Lihu’e, & Kapa’a are wonderful people (island population 67,000) – warm, generous, conversational, kind of heart, opening in arms, & welcoming to table. A PERFECT combination for a traveler such as myself. Along the towns visited & local residents I connected with, Outdoor cooking (with fresh local ingredients) was not only a means of meal preparation, but a way of life – established around the love and honor of food, family, faith & tradition.
Kauai has a wide range of culinary influence enhanced by an amazing array of LOCAL Seafood, Chicken (thousands & thousands of wild Chicken), Mountain Boar, Fresh Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs. At a Market just outside of Hanalei I was inspired by an Ahi Tuna dish that combine the contrasting, yet complimenting flavors & sensations of Sweet & Heat. But, it was not until I crossed the Kauai Prawn that this month’s Grilled Recipe came together. I love this dish, its simplicity, depth / complexity of flavors, & true feel of Kauai coastline cuisine. Now as I watch the sun set, my family gathers, Drinks/Stories of the past week are shared, & the grates of my TRU-Ifrared Grill HEAT… I give you A Bachelor & His Grill’s ORIGINAL, “Mang0 Chili Glazed Grilled Kauai Prawn.”
INGREDIENTS: -2 Pounds Large (Kauai) Prawn, Thawed / De-veined / Head Removed, if Necessary -1 Large Mango, Peeled & Cubed -3 Tablespoons Honey -2 Cloves Garlic, Peeled & Minced -2 Sprigs Mint -2 Tablespoons Chili Paste -2 Limes Juiced -1 Lime Zest -1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger -1 teaspoon Coconut Oil -1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper, or to Taste -Coarse Salt / Ground Black Peppercorn, to Taste METHOD to the MADNESS: -Using Pestle & Mortar (or food processor) combine Mango, Garlic, Mint & Ginger. -In Large Bowl thoroughly mix Mango concoction with remaining Ingredients. -In covered container or plastic bag place Prawn & pour over Mango Marinade. *Leave 1/4-1/3 Cup of Marinade for Basting during Grilling process. -Liberally coat Prawn amongst the Mango Marinade. -Press air from container & refrigerate for 2hrs, stirring Prawn every 20-30minutes. -Pull Prawn from Cooler & Pre-Heat Grill to HOT. -With Shell still in tact, Skewer 3-4 Prawn at a Time & Place over hottest Grill Grates. -Grill 3 Minutes per side, brushing with remaining Marinade as the Prawn Cooks. -Remove Prawn from Grill when Shell is Pink, Char Marks set & Prawn is cooked through. -Glaze with last brush of Marinade, plate & serve HOT.
Enjoy, my Friends!! Now... Back to this Corona & watching the sun set over Waikiki. Cheers!