Hula Sliders with Grilled Pineapple Salsa and “Hawaiian Steak”
Macadamia Coconut Sesame Sprinkle
1 cup macadamia nuts
Â½ cup sweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
Vegetable oil, for brushing grill rack
Grilled Pineapple Salsa
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into spears
Juice of 1 lime
2 jalapenos, diced
Â½ red onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
Â¼ cup minced cilantro
Â½ teaspoon salt
Â½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 12-oz can SPAM lunch meat
2 lbs. ground chuck
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Â¼ cup bottled teriyaki sauce
Â¼ cup green onions, sliced on a bias
1 Â½ packages of King’s Hawaiian Rolls, 12 per pack, or 18 total rolls
Â¾ cup mayonnaise
Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.
In a sautÃ© pan, lightly toast macadamia nuts until fragrant and lightly browned. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, toast coconut and sesame seeds until fragrant and lightly browned. In a food processor, combine macadamia nuts, coconut, sesame seeds, salt and sugar, pulsing until coarsely ground and combined. Set aside.
Brush grill rack with vegetable oil and continue to do so before placing a new item on the grill. To make grilled pineapple salsa, place pineapple spears on grill and cook, turning once, until pineapple is caramelized and has nice grill marks, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from grill and set aside. Once cool, dice pineapple into small chunks and combine with lime juice, jalapenos, red onion, red bell pepper, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Cover and set aside.
Slice SPAM crosswise into 9 thin slices. Grill SPAM briefly, about 1 minute per side, in order to crisp outsides and attain grill marks. Stack slices and cut in half, to form 18 slider-size pieces.
To make patties, combine chuck, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, and green onions. Gently combine ingredients and divide into 18 small patties, using a portion scoop or scale for ease, if desired. Place patties on grill and cook, turning once, for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until desired doneness.
Working with 6 rolls at a time, carefully split the Hawaiian rolls in half, keeping the 6 tops connected and the 6 bottoms connected, as packaged. Keeping the buns connected will make toasting and assembling easier. Toast tops and bottoms for 1-2 minutes.
To assemble, spread bottoms of buns with mayonnaise and top with macadamia-coconut-sesame sprinkle. Top with burger patties, SPAM slices, and pineapple salsa. Place bun tops over the sliders and gently pull each slider apart. Repeat with remaining buns. E â€˜ai ka-kou (Bon appÃ©tit!)