5 Easy Recipes to Prepare for Dad on Fathers Day from the Maui Chef

5 Easy Recipes to Prepare for Dad on Fathers Day from the Maui Chef

Thinking about cooking up something special for Dad on Fathers Day? Not certain where to start or the amount of ingredients necessary or what to purchase at the market before cooking on Fathers Day? Read on for a day’s worth of easy recipes to use to prepare comfort foods for your pop or any other day you want to cook!  Start his day with homemade Eggs Benedict. Use my easy to make homemade Hollandaise Sauce recipehomemade hollandaise sauce recipe for eggs benedict. For lunch, follow the directions below to prepare my recipe for homemade Fried Green Tomatoes served with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli. Then, follow my short cooking video to learn how to prepare homemade Hummus to serve as a healthy appetizer before dinner or as mid afternoon snack. We close up with a Coconut Shrimp recipe and my made from scratch Mango Apple Trifle for dessert. Share your experience or questions after you make one or all of these recipes:

Eggs Benedict – Begin the day with homemade Hollandaise Sauce for an Eggs Benedict breakfast or brunch! What dad wouldn’t want to wake up to enjoy a hearty breakfast of Eggs Benedict? And, did you know Hollandaise sauce isn’t as difficult to make as you make have heard? Follow my advice and homemade hollandaise sauce recipe.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli – Last year we featured my recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes. I serve this dish with my Roasted Red Pepper Aioli. Read more about my Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe. Or, use my Fried Green Tomotoes recipe below to get started right away:

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

  1. Slice Green Tomatoes into thick slices (about 1/2 inch thick)
  2. Marinate the slices for a couple hours in:
    • Olive Oil
    • Pepper
    • Garlic
    • Do NOT use salt in the marinade
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Use Cottonseed, Canola or Peanut Oil. Do NOT use Olive Oil.
  4. In separate bowls, addFried green tomatoes cooking in oil in Maui kitchen.
    • whole wheat flour
    • egg, beaten
    • equal parts Japanese Panko and grated Ramona or Pecorino Cheese with a little salt and dried Oregano
  5. Drain the tomatoes and dip into the flour, egg and panko mixture
  6. Carefully add the tomatoes to the frying pan. Fry on high heat for one minute then turn over and reduce the heat to medium, cooking for one more minute or until golden brown.
  7. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  8. Sprinkle with a small amount of salt.
  9. Drizzle with Olive Oil.
  10. Top your fried green tomatoes with fresh chopped Basil or Oregano and grated Parmesean or Pecorino cheese.Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe by Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen.

Don’t forget to make the homemade Roasted Red Pepper Aioli recipe to serve with the Fried Green Tomatoes.

Homemade Hummus Recipe with Crispy Lightly Fried Pita Chips – After breakfast and lunch, you’ll probably want to serve Dad an easy to make mid-day snack. You don’t have to be a Master Chef to make my version of Hummus! Watch this cooking video to learn how to make my homemade hummus and get the recipe to make Hummus.

Learn how to prepare Crispy Pita Chips to accompany the homemade Hummus too!

Coconut Shrimp – Learn how to prepare the same Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen and his easy Coconut Shrimp recipe we serve at CJ’s Comfort Zone restaurant in Kaanapali and as a pupu at catered events on Maui. I think you’ll find the recipe is super easy to make at home! You just need a pound of prawns, a little Panko, shredded raw coconut, corn starch and a couple more easy to get ingredients to make Dad feel like he is in the islands again!

Fresh Maui Mango Apple Trifle DessertMango Apple Trifle – Serve up my easy to prepare Mango Apple Trifle recipe for a refreshing dessert on Father’s Day. The link includes the easy recipe with instructions to prepare the homemade dessert at home. Served in parfait dishes, the dessert adds a colorful festive finish with tropical flavor to a backyard barbecue at home or a catered bbq on Maui.

Use the comments sections below to ask any questions about the above recipes or to answers to other cooking questions. If your cooking question is urgent, Ask the Chef on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus and I’ll do my best to provide an answer as quickly as possible.

Already on Maui? Then skip the cooking and bring Dad to CJ’s Deli & Diner in Kaanapali. Or, start planning a private chef catered dinner on Maui to celebrate Fathers Day next year!


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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.


Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit