“I start with traditional macaroni as a shout-out to the Hawaiian-style plate lunch. Caramelized sweet Maui onions provide an earthy depth. The topping of coarsely chopped macadamia nuts, tossed with panko breadcrumbs (a nod to the islands’ Japanese culture and culinary influence), adds another level of flavor and texture.
Finally, sweet and tart pineapple acts as the perfect foil to the saltiness of the Spam. To intensify the flavor and remove some of the pineapple’s liquid, I oven-roast cubes of the fruit.”