Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Homemade Puka Dogs on the Beautiful Shores of Bear Lake

31 years ago my sister and I had a double wedding reception in our parents backyard and we’ve been marking time together with our husbands ever since. This year we went to the beautiful Hawaiian islands where we saw some of the most incredibly gorgeous places on the face of the earth in addition we ate our way through the trip on what has to be the freshest most delectable food I’ve ever experienced. I was snap happy and took way too many pictures of food, some day I’ll get to a post about specific places that are “must visits”, but for today I want to share a very simple mock up of a rather simple meal gone Hawaiian that we had at our recent family reunion at Bear Lake.

The Puka Dog is famous in the Islands for their wonderful sweet bun with a hole in the middle stuffed with fabulous sauces and mustards. If you haven’t had the opportunity to have one, plan to try one when you make it over on your dream vacation. I had heard about them on a food show and jumped at the chance to taste a Puka Dog for myself when I was over there. They are FABULOUS. FYI, if you aren't planning a trip to the land of paradise real soon you can purchase their sauces and mustards here if you think that far in advance - - - or you can do what my sister and I did. Check it out.

Of course the dogs Kathy and I made last week weren’t exactly the same, no secret sauce here, but you know what, we did have the taste of Hawaii in them and the family did keep coming back for more. We also served two other options, the All American Hot Dog and a Bacon, Mushroom, Blue cheese Hot Dog, really with all three of those choices who couldn’t be happy?


I did learn a few things about making toppings for a hot dog bar. They need to be minced. Did I say minced, yes, minced. If you are interested in the recipes for the garlic lemon sauce, tropical relish, or the coconut sauce we used send me an email and I’ll shoot them off to you.

ALOHA!

For more hot dog bar ideas see this article by Valerie Phillips, food editor of the Deseret News.

15 comments:

  1. A double reception, how fun! I have never been to Hawaii but it is on the list!

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  2. You must have had such a great trip!! and that bleu cheese, bacon dog sounds amazing!!!

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  3. I've been to Hawaii four times in the last few years because my son went to college there, but now that he has graduated I can't really think of a good reason to stretch my budget to go back any time soon...except maybe for a Puka Dog, which I somehow missed!
    Your bacon, mushroom, bleu cheese hot dog sounds delicious!

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  4. I love that you and your sister had a double wedding! How adorable. And then a trip to Hawaii...can you beat that? I'm not really a hot dog person but I would love to hear about that coconut sauce!

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  5. I have to admit it, even though I know it's not cool to love hot dogs...but I do. I love them. There I said it. These all sound good. I wish I was eating them at beautiful Bear Lake.

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  6. I wish I could have gone with you! What a fabulous place. Your pineapple relish sounds delish!

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  7. Puka dogs really did bring out the ALOHA in all of us at Bear Lake! They were fabulous! Thanks Cristie and Kathy!

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  8. What a fun memory having the same wedding as your sister!!

    I have never been to Hawaii but sounds dreamy as do the puka dogs.

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  9. I could use a trip to Hawaii right about now... The relish sounds amazing!

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  10. wow thats so cool your take trips with your sis every year this sounds amazing thanks for your kind words on my blog Rebecca

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  11. How wonderful to have had a double wedding in your parents home. How wonderful to be able to share the anniversary with them in Hawaii. I love your recipe for pineapple relish and plan to try it very soon. I harbor a secret love for hot dogs. The relish will give me an excuse to make them :-). I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. You really know how to dress up a hot dog! What a fun idea. When are we going to lunch?

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  13. Hawaii? Okay, Im packing my bags! I'll take a puka dog too :D
    *kisses* HH

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  14. my boyfriend snd i just got back from 2 weeks in Hawaii this morning (4am)and yes Puka dogs made our list of favorites (along with JO JO's shave ice) so our meal tonight was a homemsde puka dog, we used hawaiian sweet bread and mango chutney. best we could do on short notice. everyone go to Poipu get a puka dog then go to keokis and get a piece of huls pie.

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  15. I would love lemon garlic sauce recipes I cannot find your email!

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