Maui Onion Bruchetta Recipe from Maui Onion Festival in Kaanapali

Maui Onion Bruchetta Recipe from Maui Onion Festival in Kaanapali

Sweet Maui Onion Salsa Bruchetta recipe image.With the 2011 Maui Onion Festival fast approaching, I thought I’d share my award winning recipe for Sweet Maui Onion Salsa Bruchetta. We served our Maui Onion Bruchetta at the 2009 Maui Onion Festival as part of our live cooking demonstration. Enjoy the recipe and continue reading (below the recipe) about the 2011 Maui Onion Challenge we are competing in!  Find out how you can Win a trip for two to Maui on Alaska Airlines. HINT: You need to stop in my Kaanapali restaurant to vote for our Maui Onions with Prawn Quiche and Kula Greens appetizer.

by Chef Christian Jorgensen of CJ’s Comfort Zone Deli & Diner Maui Restaurant
Sweet Maui Onion Salsa Ingredients:
Serves 10
  3 Medium Size Onions
2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Chopped Garlic
5 Small Red Chili
1 Cup Vinegar
2 Oz. Chopped Cilantro

2 Cups Fresh Mango Chunks
1 Cup Maui Gold Pineapple

1 Cup Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Cumin
3 Pieces Star Anise
Salt / Pepper / Chili (To Taste)

Bruchetta Ingredients:

10 each Slices of French Bread or Foccicia Bread
2 Tablespoons Garlic Butter
10 Sprigs Fresh Cilantro Sprigs
1 Cup Salsa

1. In Heavy Sauce Pan, Saute Onions, Garlic, Anise and Chili in Oil until Golden Brown (Caramelized) (10 minutes).
2. Add Cumin, Mango, and Pineapple – Stir for 2 minutes.
3. Deglaze with Vinegar.
4. Simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Season with Salt and Pepper.
6. Cool Down.
7. Spread Garlic Butter on Bread Slices.
8. Toast Bread in Oven until Golden Brown.
9. Lace Toasted Bread with 1 Scoop Onion Salsa.
  Decorate with Cilantro or Micro Greens.

For the 2011 event, my Kaanapali restaurant, CJ’s Deli & Diner Comfort Zone Maui, will participate in the 1st Annual ‘Best Maui Onion Appetizer, Restaurant Competition’. The friendly Kaanapali restaurant competition is scheduled to run from April 22 through May 6 as part of the 2011 Maui Onion Festival. The Maui Onion Challenge features eight Kaanapali restaurants competing in the friendly challenge to decide which restaurant has the best Maui onion appetizer! The general public is encouraged to dine at participating Kaanapali restaurants to taste and score as many of the featured appetizers as possible. Participants are eligible to win a trip for two between Maui and any non-stop destination serviced by Alaska Airlines. The winning Maui onion appetizer and the trip for two will be announced at 3:30 pm at the Maui Onion Festival on May 7, 2011 in Kaanapali Whalers Village. To encourage you to try our appetizer, we have a special offer to entice you to make the short walk up the hillfrom any of the Kaanapali resort hotels:

Buy one ‘Special’ and Receive our Famous Hana Dessert Bar when you mention ‘The Maui Onion Festival’.

If you try the Maui Onion Bruchetta recipe included in this article, please let us know your results in the comments below. And we hope to see you at our booth at the 2011 Maui Onion Festival!

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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