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spam recipes?

please dont flame me.
i like spam.. i admit it. usually friend thin and crisp with friend eggs over rice.
and spam "sushi"... yum.

but i would love some other spam recipes if anyone is willing to share?


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  1. Mmmmm, Spam. Tastes like Hawai'i.

    You nailed my two favorite preparations, but how about Spam fried rice? Or macaroni & cheese with Spam chunks? Or skewered Spam with Kula onion wedges and pineapple? Guilty pleasures one and all...

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    1. Childhood lunch favorite was "Squaw Corn": cut Spam into large dice, beat together eggs and a small can of cream-style corn with a bit of salt and plenty of pepper. Melt butter (or rough equivalent) in a skillet and fry the Spam chunks until brown and frizzed on the edges, then pour in the egg/corn mixture. Stir until it's no longer runny and serve to whoever needs to feel some love. I don't think there have ever been exact measurements for this - you'll have to figure out the egg/corn ratio just like I do, but it's really hard to screw up.

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      1. re: Will Owen

        eeee, do you really need to put butter in the pan? Isn't the spam fatty enough? Otherwise it sound really interesting :)

        1. re: Morganna

          You must understand that this was ca. 1949. Fat = nutrition in 1949. It was referred to in the ads as "Food Energy". Anyway, the Spam didn't really give off more than enough fat to fry itself, and not nearly enough to keep the eggs from sticking. Remember, there's a fair amount of sugar involved here (more Food Energy!), and that can weld anything to a hot skillet.

          No, you have to pretend you don't know about any of the things that we've been taught to be on the lookout for over the last fifty years, and care only that your lunch tastes comfortably yummy and offers plenty of Food Energy...all of which, to be brutally honest, works for me.

          1. re: Will Owen

            yeah, I guess you're right, spam wouldn't release enough fat for keeping eggs from sticking.

            I'm not particularly scared of fat, myself. My dietitian, however, is evil about it. ;) but I only have one more meeting with her next month, then I'm free of her tyranny. ;)

      2. Since I don't eat the stuff, the best I can suggest is trying the company site, at www.spam.com.

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        1. re: Shayna Madel

          That would have been my recommendation. I love fried bologna on bread with mustard, so why not Spam? I like the stuff. Some tv channel recently had the story on how this pork shoulder became an icon.

          I recently tried Scrapple, though, and that leaves much to be desired.

          1. re: dolores

            Instead of Spam or bologna, try fried mortadella on a sandwich.

            Also, Scapple is awesome!

          2. re: Shayna Madel

            The thing I find very funny, informative, and interesting is that in google's email service - GMail - if you open your spam folder, the small story/advertiser links that appear at the top of the page show nothing but recipes for spam luncheon meat.

            That, actually, was what drove me to search for this topic, because I was curious if anyone had any chow-worthy recipes using spam -- which one normally thinks of as oxymoronic (chowhoundworthy and spam that is).

            It's been a *looong* time since I had any spam, but I suppose I wouldn't mind giving it a try again, if there's a good recipe using it. =)

          3. Any place you'd use hot dogs or bacon, I'd use Spam. I may get seriously chastised, but it mixes in nicely with Kraft mac 'n cheese (add broccoli to feel less guilty). Spam and egg sandwiches.

            I like it for fried rice because you can keep a can of Spam in the cupboard for a long time, where you may not always have leftover meat in the fridge. Maybe teriyaki Spam over rice?

            There is a whole Spam cookbook, but it goes into areas of food that scare me. I'm assuming you want recipes of things you'll actually eat, not Spam desserts or anything. =)

            I prefer Spam sliced thin, as opposed to eating large chunks of it. I don't think you can get any better than spam, rice, and a fried egg, though.

            1. I secretly indulge in spam with lots of mayo on Wonderbread sandwiches. Only way I eat it and damned, now I am starting to crave.

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              1. re: Quine

                Oh yeah. With a side of baked beans to dip your sandwich in.
                Spam and beans was always the way my mom served it. Great combo.

              2. yippie! I am so happy... I am so going to try Squaw Corn. And I agree... thinly sliced spam fried crisp. mmmm.
                all these suggestions are awesome.

                thanks chowhounds!

                1. I love Spam! (que the Vickings!)

                  Anyway, like I was sayin', Spam is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautee it. Dey's uh, Spam-kabobs, Spam creole, Spam gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple Spam, lemon Spam, coconut Spam, pepper Spam, Spam soup, Spam stew, Spam salad, Spam and potatoes, Spam burger, Spam sandwich. That- that's about it.

                  1. Lightly fry cubed SPAM and 1 c. kimchi. Add 2 c. water, beef bouillon, green onion, chili and cubed tofu and in 30 minutes you have kimchi jigae! I've also ground SPAM to make into filling for chicken relleno. Fried til crisp with eggs and topped with oyster sauce and sliced chilies is also good.

                    To escape from the Asian theme, I also love it browned on rye with mayo, sauerkraut, cheese and Thousand Island. It's no Reuben, but pretty good!

                    1. My daddy's favorite spam: slice (not too thin), lightly dust with corn flour, fry in a skillet, drain on paper towels. Scramble an egg in the spam drippings. Put fried spam and scrambled eggs on fresh, warm french bread. Did I mention he recently had a stroke?

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                      1. re: Hungry Celeste

                        haha.. yeah, i better make this spam tasting menu last over a period of time with plenty of healthy foods in between.

                        1. re: coconutgoddess

                          You just have to fry it in mono-unsaturated olive oil. Be O K.

                      2. My mom used to make a spam salad I loved as a kid. She used to grind the spam ( still have the meat grinder that attaches to the kitcken table), add mayo, sweet pickles and onions. SErved it on toasted scali bread. I think I have to make some of this soon.

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                          1. re: coconutgoddess

                            It was- and thanks for the thread- helped me remember how much I liked this-

                          2. re: macca

                            My mom made something like this, but with hot dogs instead of Spam.

                            1. re: macca

                              My Mom used to make that too, without the onions. One of the first things she made twenty years ago just a few days after my Dad died and two friends stopped by around lunch time. They were unexpected and she was just getting herself back together, we'd been eating casseroles from friends for a week, so it was make something with whatever came out of the cupboard . She ground the spam in a small food processor and then mixed with the mayo and sweet pickle relish, spread on toasted English muffins and I think we had Campbells tomato soup, made with milk and grated Parmesan.

                              Still one of my favorite comfort meals.

                            2. Kimchee and spam go quite well together. I'll throw spam in kimchee fried rice, kimchee casserole/stew (jjigae), instant ramen, etc.

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                              1. re: MeowMixx

                                yup, koreans are experts at preparing spam. I loved budae chigae growing up and spam was always a key element in the chigae as well as cut up hotdogs and/or bacon.

                              2. Let's face it...how can you NOT prepare Spam? I think Spam is one of the four main food groups!

                                1. Spam hashbrowns are my personal favorite, with lots of onion. The Spam renders well in the potatos and imparts a nice porky goodness to the whole dish.

                                  The Minnesota state fair this year had Spam burgers. Think Spam slider. Thin sliced, fried crisp, slice of american cheesefood, on a super processed white bun. Breakfast of Champions.

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                                  1. re: GastronautMN

                                    Love the idea of spam hash browns.

                                  2. Poached stuffed chicken breast: dice/chop and mix spam, onion, garlic, ginger, green onion, black pepper, fresh chili, cilantro, and an egg yolk (or egg) to bind. Butterfly and flatten breast, spread out stuffing mix, roll tightly in plastic wrap or tinfoil or tie with string; poach until just done in water with bit of soy sauce, lemon/lime juice, clove of garlic, bit of ginger. Slice each breast into about six rounds each at a slight diagonal. Present on your fancy service with steamed rice, and blanched and chilled young asparagas. Top with a light drizzle of a sauce of soy sauce, bit of toasted sesame oil, lime juice, chopped cilintro and (red) chili. Don't mention the spam. Hawai'i - Asian - French fusion.

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                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                      Sam, I have to think that you are the only one who could come up with a Hawaiin-Asian-French Spam dish. On the FANCY Service, yet. Oh, no! No-one's laughing!!

                                      1. re: yayadave

                                        Of course not. Too busy mulling over the sheer genius of the thing...

                                        1. re: alanbarnes

                                          i too am not worthy... hungry.. but not worthy... haha..
                                          this thread makes me happy...:)

                                        2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                          If you're going to go Hawaiian, you might as well do some macaroni salad to go with the steamed rice ;-)

                                          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                            If you're going Hawaiian, why not macaroni salad with Spam and pineapple chuncks.

                                            1. re: yayadave

                                              or, add chopped Spam to potato salad.

                                          2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                            Now this recipe actually sounds good!
                                            Sam - did you come up with this one yourself?

                                            1. re: Keithel

                                              Yup. Kind of thing I'd do if there were a can of Spam around just to see if i could fool people.

                                          3. There's a food/mystery novel called "Play It Again, Spam" that has some interesting recipes, including Spam Jambalaya. Can't remember the author.

                                            1. My uncle's wife is originally from the mountains of Tennessee -- she claims to have grown up talking just like Gomer Pyle (i know, i'm dating myself here!). Anyway, she used to fry thick slices of Spam in butter and make sandwiches on rolls spread with lots of Miracle Whip, lettuce and tomato. We loved it as kids!

                                              1. Luncheon Meat Sambal. In Singapore and Malaysia, a sambal is a spicy side dish/accompaniment to be eaten with rice. It's made it it with boiled eggs, tofu. sausage, and even canned luncheon meat, although you can make other non-meat types too. I make it as a side with rice and some sort of dal (indian lentils) or vegetable dish. This is my basic recipe that my mom taught me -- you can tweak it by adding tomato, garlic, not adding tamarind, etc.

                                                Cube the meat into 3/4" cubes. Fry these in a few tablespoons oil until light brown. Remove from pan and drain of most of the oil. Then chop 1 large onion and fry in the oil until lightly browned. Add in some salt, and red chilli powder. It should be fairly spicy. Soak some tamarind pulp in some hot water (like 1/2 cup). Add the luncheon meat back to the pan and continue cooking for a few minutes -- you want the onions and meat too be nicely carmelized and browned. Strain and add the tamarind water to the pan. Lower the heat and let simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated. Serve hot.

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                                                1. re: boogiebaby

                                                  Thanks - this is a nice procedure and it invites a lot of variations.

                                                  1. re: boogiebaby

                                                    That sounds really yummy too. I think I will have this tonight for my midnight snack. (I work through the nights on Friday... so I usually eat around midnight)

                                                    thanks so much.


                                                  2. Great question! I just bought a 3-pack of Spam at Costco and was looking for some new ideas. I love to pan-fry a few thick slices of Spam until it gets nice and crispy on the edges, brush it with some bbq/teriyaki glaze and make a sandwich. I especially love it with asian slaw, asiago cheese and a mayo/chinese mustard blend.

                                                    1. i have a friend who brings his spam "sushi" to my fourth of july bbq every year. it's a slice of spam over sushi rice wrapped in a strip of nori. it's really really good!

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                                                      1. re: rebs

                                                        Add a slice of fresh mango, Yummy.

                                                      2. spam in kimbap!!!!!!!!!!!! There is the traditional method of spam with takuan, spinach, gobo, etc. However I also love mixing siracha w/mayo and spreading that in the middle of my kimbap with the spam. this method is also tasty with canned tuna.

                                                        1. spam bibimbap. chop spam finely and mix with gochujang, garlic, sugar, sesame oil and soy sauce. saute this mixture for a couple minutes and mix with rice, vegetables (blanched spinach, bean sprouts, microgreens, cooked carrots, etc.) and top with a fried egg. also like to add a little more sesame oil and some sesame seeds.

                                                          1. I went to a catholic all girls boarding school in Hawaii and we had spam everything in the cafeteria. I like it too...crispy!

                                                            1. I haven't eaten this for years, but I used to really like it when my mom made it. Fry slices of Spam, and when they are done, dump a can of apricot halves with juice over the Spam in the pan, heat thoroughly until the juice thickens slightly, and eat. Yum!

                                                              I wish I found cooking this easy all the time... Life was simpler then, eh.

                                                              1. Ain't no shame in that, coconutgoddess! Spam is often confused with an inferior yet similar product distributed during WWII.

                                                                I have a Spam Musubi device, one of these days, I need to use it!

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                                                                1. re: MsDiPesto

                                                                  Can't address WWII but a friend who was in Vietnam still can't face it. Too many sad memories.

                                                                2. I'm not a fan, but somebody once posted on CH a happy childhood memory of Spam baked like a ham, studded with pineapple and whole cloves and glazed with brown sugar mixed with mustard, that sounded interesting.

                                                                  1. "Well, there's egg and spam, egg bacon and spam, egg bacon sausage and spam, spam bacon sausage and spam, spam egg spam spam bacon and spam, spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam.....or Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencal manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.'

                                                                    1. Chopped Spam can make a really good chilli, Saute onions, garlic, cumin, oregano, and a bunch of chile peppers. Next add the Spam and brown for a bit before throwin' in some crushed tomatoes from a can and half a can of beer. Let the whole thing boil up for a coupla hours and serve topped with chopped pickled jalapenos and onions.

                                                                      Alternatively, spoon the Spam chili over nacho chips, top with cheese, and then slowly melt in the oven. Covered with chopped chiiles, onions, cilantro, and lettuce makes for a great treat.

                                                                      Also, fried Spam slices, placed upon a toasted English muffin. topped with a poached egg and some Hollandaise sauce, make a wonderful Eggs Benedict variation.

                                                                      1. When I was a young'un my dad would thinly slice spam, brown in up nice in a frying pan and then put it in a grilled cheese sandwich with slices of tomato. Yum.

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                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                          I'm a big fan of the Spam grilled cheese sandwich. Another variation on it would be to take Spam slices, grill them, and place on a sandwich with sliced "summer peak" tomatoes and some mayo - that's fine chow indeed. A Jersey Hard Roll would be best, but some toasted, good white bread, sliced thickly would work too.

                                                                          Another thing no one mentioned was Spam hash. Finely chopped Spam, potatoes, and onions, fried up and served beneath a poached egg or two. Try that sometime.

                                                                        2. I know this is way late but, I had to post because it's soo good. My grandma used to make something she called "spam boats". I'll have to look for the exact recipe but I know you grind the spam, grate onion, grate cheddar cheese, finely chop a good amount of green pepper, mayo (has to be mayo), maybe a dash of black pepper, mix, then scoop out the inside of hot dog buns and fill with mixture and broil till hot, slightly browned, and crispy. Soo good.
                                                                          Upon googling retro spam recipes I found this and it's somewhat similar: http://www.midcenturymenu.com/2013/01...

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                                                                          1. re: Nf98103

                                                                            That is so Florida Panhandle terrific! I'm puttin' it on my list. I may adapt it a bit. Add some habaneros, maybe? It's "Rock and Roll All Night" brilliant.

                                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                                              All grandkids and friends always loved it till they knew what it was!

                                                                          2. Oscar Mayer has come out with bacon flavored bologna. Picked up a pack at WallyWorld. Fried bacon flavored bologna. Oh Yea!

                                                                            To stay on topic, fried spam is good.

                                                                            1. Can't believe I hadn't mentioned this here, but I entered the Spam recipe contest at the Tennessee State Fair one year. Cooked up a tasty little dish I dubbed Spam Quiche Picante (nice mix of languages there!). It was actually quite tasty; unfortunately it wasn't particularly pretty - sorry, I don't DO pretty food unless it's a centerpiece for a party - and the winner was this elaborate mash-up of meat, pastry, a buche de noel and a Fourth of July parade float. And when I got it back it had sat all week without refrigeration …

                                                                              1. When I was young, on weekend mornings when my parents got up early to go to the market, they would sometimes leave on the dining table for us lazy kids four ingredients: a fresh French baguette from the Vietnamese store, spam, white pepper, cilantro.

                                                                                The. Best. Sandwich. Ever.

                                                                                Spam used at room temperature, so no cooking or prep work beyond cutting the bread and slicing the spam.

                                                                                (I haven't had it in decades, so I cannot tell whether it's the nostalgia or what.)

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                                                                                1. re: Palladium

                                                                                  I'm gonna have to make a Spam banh mi!

                                                                                  1. re: ricepad

                                                                                    Ha- you reminded me. Our apartment building was on the *same block* as Saigon Sandwich. It was literally three doors down Larkin St, and my parents *still* went to the store further away to get the baguette for the spam sandwich. That is just one demonstration of how awesome that sandwich is.

                                                                                    Of course, sometimes, we'd get up and there'd be a bag of banh mi from Saigon Sandwich on the table. Oh yeah.

                                                                                2. OMG love, love spam sushi with fresh mango. I need to make it again. Might just make it in a bowl, it is so good.
                                                                                  I might try it with fresh fish too. Mango in sushi is so good. Now don't all the sushi purists flame me. If you haven't tried it, do sometime!!

                                                                                  1. Rack of Spam

                                                                                    Slice a can of spam, but do not go so far as to separate the slices.

                                                                                    Slice some cheese, your choice (velveeta or American is good). Insert the cheese slice between the spam.

                                                                                    Bake in the oven at 300 deg until everything is bubbly. Serve with some pickles & mashed potatoes. Add a green veggie to offset this whole health disaster. Pray you don't have a heart attack afterwards.

                                                                                    1. I know this is LONG after the fact =) but in case anyone else finds this, how about the traditional Hawaiian dish Loco Moco? A bed of rice topped with a 1/4 inch think fried Spam slice, Egg (traditionally fried but I suppose scrambled would also work) and brown gravy. Legend has it that a beach cafe created it for hungry surfers who needed to get their energy back but it's also considered a local hangover remedy.

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                                                                                      1. re: DocSavage

                                                                                        Nothing wrong with that, but loco moco is traditionally made with a hamburger patty, not Spam.

                                                                                        1. re: ricepad

                                                                                          I remembered the hamburger version after I posted, but the recipe I first saw for Loco Moco had it this way. Somehow I thought it was the traditional version. =)

                                                                                          1. re: ricepad

                                                                                            Some times I'll sneak in a little slice of crispy Spam into my loco moco!

                                                                                            Mmm loco moco.