Kini Zamoras Hamburger Steak and Gravy

Hawaii’s very own Project Runway superstar Kini Zamora joins us on Cooking Hawaiian Style to make his Mom’s hamburger steak and brown gravy recipe. Kini was a finalist on Project Runway and place 2nd on the Project Runway All-Star edition.

Prep Time: 10 | Cook Time: 10 | Ready In: 20

Hamburger steak on rice with a rich gravy sauce


Hamburger steak:

  • 3 lbs. hamburger
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 3 pieces of bread (broken into pieces)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil


  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Aloha Shoyu
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Cooking Process:

Mix hamburger, chopped onion, eggs, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Tear bread into small pieces with hands and add to the bowl along with 2 cups of beef broth. Mixture will be loose. Add 2-3 tablespoons of oil to pan and heat over medium high heat and cook patties until nice and brown on both sides. Try not to flip more than once on each side so that you get a nice crust on the patty.


Make thickener with water and flour in a bowl. Add mixture to pan drippings. Add Aloha shoyu, salt and pepper to taste. Serve over hot rice with gravy all over!


Kelly Boy & Leolani DeLimas Lu Pulu

Kelly Boy & Leolani Delima of Kapena joined us on the island of Lanai for a special episode of Cooking Hawaiian Style making this Tongan dish call lu pulu to pay tribute to his Tongan brothers.  Lu pulu is made with taro or luau leaves, beef brisket and coconut milk.  This is one of my new favorite comfort dishes.

Prep Time: 15 | Cook Time: 5-8 hours in slow cooker | Ready In: 5-8 hours (slow cooker)

Kelly Boy & Leolani DeLimas Lu Pulu


  • 4 lbs. fresh beef brisket or corned beef brisket
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2 bags luau leaf
  • 2 – 12 ounce coconut milk
  • 3 ti leaves

Cooking Process:

In a slow cooker place the 3 ti leaves to cover the bottom and sides of slow cooker. Dice the large sweet onion and place in the slow cooker. Then, place fresh corned beef, cleaned luau leaves and coconut milk. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 10 hours.

Note: If you use corned beef brisket, I would recommend either doubling the amount of luau leaf and coconut milk or boil the corned beef brisket for 1 hour, empty water and add fresh water to avoid it being too salty.

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Mom’s Italian Beef Barley Soup Recipes

The best beef barley soup. Thickens with just the barley. Tastes best in the slow cooker. Serve topped with parmesan cheese and with a salad.

Mom's Italian Beef Barley Soup


  • 2 pounds cubed beef chuck roast
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1(8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup uncooked pearl barley
  • salt and pepper to taste


Prep: 10m | Cook: 5h | Ready In: 5h 10m

  • In a slow cooker, combine beef, water, bouillon, onion, tomato sauce, barley, salt and pepper.
  • Cover, and cook on Low for 5 hours.

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Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast Recipes

The real secret here is making sure you sear the meat before the long, slow braising.

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast


  • 1 (5 pound) bone-in beef pot roast
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into chunks
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

Prep: 20m | Cook: 6h 30m | Ready In: 6h 50m

Cooking Process:

  • Generously season both sides of roast with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour over the top until well coated, and pat it into the meat. Shake off any excess.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Sear the roast on both sides for 5-6 minutes each, until well browned. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and stir in mushrooms and butter; cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in onion; cook for 5 minutes, until onions are translucent and begin to brown. Add garlic, stir for about a minute.
  • Stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons flour; cook and stir for about 1 minute. Add tomato paste, and cook for another minute.
  • Slowly add chicken stock, stir to combine, and return to a simmer. Remove skillet from the heat.
  • Place carrots and celery in the slow cooker. Place roast over the vegetables and pour in any accumulated juices. Add rosemary and thyme.
  • Pour onion and mushroom mixture over the top of the roast. Cover slow cooker, turn to high and cook the roast for 5-6 hours, until the meat is fork tender.
  • Skim off any fat from the surface and remove the bones. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serving Suggestion:

Serve with mashed potatoes.

Cook’s Note:

  • Look for a 7-bone beef pot roast.
  • Easy Cleanup.
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Top 4 Delightful Party Hawaiian Recipes

Hawaiian recipes are quick to prepare and they are served in minutes as well. Easy on the eyes, and delightful in taste, there are more than 1500 distinct Hawaiian recipes that attribute their existence to cross cultural exchange in culinary skills.

For its quick cooking time, Hawaiian recipes are most sought after party items. Be it a group picnic, cocktail appetiser party or a full own formal main course, here are four mouth watering Hawaiian recipes for the party outing.

1.  Wasabi Salmon In Nori Wraps:

Nori is the edible seaweed algae found extensively in the shallow ocean around Hawaii and Honolulu. Considered the Ocean Spinach, the seaweed algae is the most prominent side dish for any party. It is a delicious item with none of its leafy grains or the salty texture coming in the way of a sumptuous meal.

Wrapped around salmon fillets, it is a step ahead from the traditional wasabi or sushi. With preparation time of just 15 minutes, you can munch on the herb-filled wrap, topped with best of thyme, mint, parsley and basil.

Wasabi Salmon In Nori Wraps
Served with mustard sauce and mayonnaise, Wasabi salmon in nori wraps is a dippy affair when sided with crab and shrimp sauce.

2.  Chicken chilli on Mochiko:

Love for boneless meat is evident in the way Hawaiians cook their stuff. The thigh portion is cut into biteable pieces and dipped in corn starch for few minutes. Left into Canola oil for a deep fry, the Mochiko gives the recipe a crusty flavour. Sometimes, nori is wrapped like a noodle and filled with paste of garlic, ginger and onion.

Chicken chilli on Mochiko

Chilli sauce is then poured over the deep fried chicken and garnished with mint and cheese gratings.

3.  Boneless Chicken Lollipops with Daiquiri Dip:

The same recipe is given an appetising appeal by bringing in the other parts of the chicken meat. The boneless parts are grilled and placed on the skewer. The chicken lollipops and chicken wings are marinated with coconut cream, pineapple liqueur and honey sauce.

Boneless Chicken Lollipops with Daiquiri Dip
The dip sauce consist of red chilli paste, coriander paste and shrimp paste, thickened with cream of coconut and glazed to pink shade by adding the home-blended daiquiri extract.

4.  Fish cake patties with Shrimp sauce:

Yummy bites of shrimps, lobsters, crab meat and shell fish are perfect for quick party meals. The regular fish fillets are used to wrap the meat of the crunchy molluscs and crab flesh. The use of macadamia nuts and apricot makes the filling even more enticing. Shaped in different cuts, Fish patties is decked with parsley, spring onions, Maui onions, tomatoes and of course, yam.

Fish cake patties with Shrimp sauce
For those who love to wish to taste the recipes from Cholesterol Hall of Fame, these fish fillets are again wrapped with a blanked of Sunshine Egg Yellows and maple syrup.

Fishes used in the recipe are salmon, tuna, mackerel, eel, cod and milkfish.

Heavily influenced by the Polynesian food habits and Oriental style of cooking, Hawaiian food culture is all about smoothness, texture and of course, coconuts!

Kelly Boy and Leolani DeLimas Cabbage Stew

Kelly Boy & Leolani DeLima of Kapena join us on Cooking Hawaiian Style to make some of their family recipes including this cabbage stew made with corned beef brisket.

Kelly Boy and Leolani DeLimas Cabbage Stew


  • 1 pkg. 8 oz. frozen pork link sausage
  • 2 lbs. brisket stew meat, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons garlic chopped
  • 32 ounces beef broth
  • 1 head cabbage, chopped

Cooking Process:

In a pot brown pork link sausage. Add stew meat and brown. Add garlic and beef broth. Cook on low for 1 hour, then add cabbage until wilted.

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