Spam-O-Rama recipes - What can you do with Spam®?
Recipes using Spam® - What could be easier?
Ahhh, Spam® - it takes me back to Hawaii where it is the state dish! Every morning that I lived on Maui, I had Spam® Musubi (or however you spell it). Loved the stuff. It was a slice of Spam® that had been pan fried and then added to a mold with 'sticky' rice and the whole thing was wrapped in some sort of seaweed. I know it sounds yucky, but it was delicious!
I would love to have some more of the many Hawaiian Spam® recipes again. Guess what? When I moved back to Austin, Texas, they have Spam®-O-Rama too! Every conceivable Spam® concoction is available here except that incredible Musubi. I must find the recipe for that tasty breakfast food.
Hormel Spam® - Meat in a can
Spam® for breakfast
In Hawaii, Spam® is the state dish and almost everyone eats Spam®. The favorite breakfast food on the go is Spam® Mu-Su-Bi (with emphasis on the last syllable. I always wanted to know how to make this little sandwich thingy, so I looked it up.
Surprisingly, it only has six ingredients, but needs a necessary "spam musubi mold" which is an acrylic plastic mold with a plunger to press the rice together so it sticks together without falling apart. The link (click on the title here) contains complete directions for making musubi and as soon as I get hold of the musubi mold, I'm going to enjoy one of my favorite breakfast treats!
Ingredients for Spam® Musubi:
- a can of Spam® (you can use the "light" versions) sliced into eight slices
- 3 cups of uncooked sushi rice cooked according to directions or use a rice cooker which is a standard kitchen appliance in Asian or Hawaiian homes.
- Soy sauce or 'shoyu'
- Sugar if desired (although this is not a sweet sandwich)
- Nori sheets (these are very thin sheets of edible seaweed for wraps)
- Furikake or Li hing mui (japanese or chinese spice)
- a musubi maker
I will not repeat the directions here. If you have the ingredients, you can pretty much figure out how to make it. If you don't know how, then click on the link as there are very good instructions and photos there.
Using Spam® for quick and easy breakfasts:
- Spam® and eggs go together just like ham and eggs
- Spam® can be used just like bacon or other breakfast meats
- Spam® can be chopped and added to omelets or scrambled eggs
- Spam® is great inside a biscuit or bagel for a quick breakfast sandwich
- Some people even use Spam® in pancakes and waffles!
Basic instructions for Spam musubi
Spam® for lunch or dinner
There is no end to the ways and means of using Spam® to cook main meals. Spam® is substituted for any kind of meat you can imagine. It's like peanut butter. It is high fat and high protein. Sure it's mystery meat, but it has a distinctive flavor that inspires people to use it over and over again in just about any recipe.
Spam® fed the armies of WWII and it has an incredible shelf life. Spam® has been around since 1937. By the 1940s millions of cans of Spam® luncheon meat had been sold by the factory in Austin, Minnesota. Today, 90 MILLION cans of Spam® are sold in the U.S.A. every year, 122 millions cans per year are sold worldwide. It's a popular ingredient for millions of recipes!
My favorite Spam® recipe - Cobb Salad:
Get a salad bowl and add your favorite greens (romaine lettuce is good) and tomatoes
Top the salad with the following:
- Spam® cubes (use the meat right out of the can) or pan fry it and cut into strips
- chopped boiled eggs
- black olives
- sliced avocado
- chopped or cubed cooked turkey breast
- crumbled blue cheese
Add your favorite dressing and enjoy. I prefer Blue Cheese dressing, but Ranch dressing works well too. The Spam® gives the salad a very unique taste that is better than bacon. It is meatier too.
Cobb Salad with cooked Spam strips
Did you know?
Spam® comes in the following flavors:
- Spam® Classic
- Spam® Low-Sodium
- Spam® Lite
- Spam® Hot and Spicy
- Spam® spread
- Spam® singles
- Spam® singles lite
- Spam® Hickory Smoke Flavor
- Spam® with bacon
- Spam® with cheese
- Spam® oven roasted turkey
Spam kabobs with fruit
How about Spam® for dessert?
This may sound weird for dessert, but it's a recipe I created (as far as I know) and everyone loves it!
Spam® dessert ka-bobs:
Using a wooden skewer for making ka-bobs, alternate the following on each skewer:
- a cube of Spam®
- a chunk of pinneapple
- a maraschino cherry without stems
- a slice of banana or whatever cubed fruit you want - tropical fruits work well.
Repeat layers until skewer is full. Prepare about 12 skewers.
In a bowl, mix a stick of melted butter with one half to one cup of brown sugar (depending on how sweet you want it).
Lay the skewers on a foil lined cookie sheet and brush the butter/sugar mixture over the skewers. Coat all sides of the skewers.
Grill the skewers over medium heat until done to taste.
Drizzle sour cream over the dessert if desired. The Spam® and fruit chunks give this a salty/sweet taste that goes well with the sour cream. Enjoy!
Spam - the State Food of Hawaii
The SPAM ® Cookbook is a prized collection of sentimental favorites and exciting new recipes selected from the kitchens of over 60 million Americans who eat 100 million cans of SPAM ® Luncheon Meat every year.
© 2012 Lela