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Dec 3, 2008 08:49 AM

Spam hors d'oeuvres. Seriously.

My sister and I are hosting a Recession Christmas party this weekend. We will make homemade Christmas ornaments and wash down cheap eats with the finest boxed wine and PBR. Appetizer plans so far include things like cheesy potato wedges and peanut butter balls.

But my sister threw down the gauntlet: she dared me to make something with Spam. I have never cooked with, tasted, or even seen spam outside of its iconic can. Does anyone have a suggestion for an inexpensive yet toothsome appetizer I can make with this monstrosity?

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  1. Well, you could make little skewers, with a cube of Spam, then a pineapple chunk, and finally a marshmallow.

    1. Grind it up, saute it, make mini quiches using regular quiche ingredients. I think it's pretty salty.

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      1. re: nemo

        I made a Spam Quiche Picante as my entry in the Tennessee State Fair's Spam competition. Did not win, place nor show, but it was pretty damn good (I think it just wasn't sufficiently show-offy). I didn't grind the Spam, just cubed and sautéed it and spread it over the bottom of the baked pie-shell with equal parts sharp Cheddar and jalapeño jack, shredded, plus chopped green onion. Added some cayenne to the custard mixture, too.

        1. re: Will Owen

          Bummer. You probably forgot to carve a Spam rose for the center embellishment.

          I only suggested sauteing to crisp it up like bacon for mini's.

          Would love to see Top Chefs wearing this sweat band --

      2. Perfect timing. I just saw this piece "Spam; It's not just for inboxes anymore" in a local publication today.

        But, of course, you must try Spam musubi, the sushi-like (or, more accurately, onigiri-like) rolls that are such a delight and can be found all over Hawaii!

        Here are all the appetizer recipes from the Spam site:


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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          Musubi is a universal Japanese unseasoned riceball. Spam inside or taped to the top with nori is really Hawaiian.

          Try some small pigs-in-a-blanket using Spam.

          Spam cubes pan glazed with fake maple syrup.

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            I love Hawaiian food in general, actually. Plate lunches with the 2 scoops of rice plus another of macaroni, and spam musubi--proof that the best chow can be found at gas stations-- and kalua pork, however it's spelled. Oh, and anything taro... I suppose I should try to cook it at home since it's hard to find restaurants that do it well.


        2. For a Southwestern touch, dice up spam and mix with slice black olives and diced green chiles. Serve in those "Scoops" corn chips.

            1. re: chowser

              I'm going to have to go ahead and second this suggestion. We tried these at home for the first time a couple of months ago and wow, delicious. So wrong it's right.