Like grits in the American South, poi is a bland Hawaiian side dish that you serve plain and let people season with salt or pepper. Look for taro in the produce department with other tubers, or order from www.melissas.com.
2 quarts plus 1 1/4 cups water, divided
1 1/2 pounds taro root, unpeeled
How to Make It
Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add taro; cook 40 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool 15 minutes. Peel; discard skin. Roughly chop taro. Place taro and 1 cup water in a blender; process until smooth. Add remaining 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.
Look for taro in the produce department with other tubers, or order from www.melissas.com.