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At a dinner I hosted last night ( we were all eating variations of grilled cheese) we started to talk about spam. You see you can't buy spam here in the province of Quebec. You can buy the imatators (klick, kam, ect.)
So we went on Hormel's spam site and low and behold we found out that there are 12 or more different types of spam including Spam Classic - original flavor
Spam Hot & Spicy - with tabasco flavor
Spam Less Sodium - "25% less sodium"
Spam Lite - "33% less calories and 50% less fat"
Spam Oven Roasted Turkey
Spam Hickory Smoke flavor
Spam Spread - "if you're a spreader, not a slicer...just like Spam Classic, but in a spreadable form"
Spam with Bacon
Spam with Cheese
Spam Garlic
Spam Golden Honey Grail - a limited-release special flavor made in honor of Monty Python's SPAMALOT Broadway musical
Spam Mild
They ship a case of a dozen cans of 8 different types. Needless to say that we decided to order some spam and see what we could do with it. (We all for the most part are in the food industry) Imagine our ire when we found that the official spam web site will sell us all sorts of spam memorabilia, but will not ship spam itself outside the US. Now I know that spam is sold in Ontario and other provinces, so what gives?

Is America trying to hold on to all the spam it has? Or is the US government frightened that by shipping spam to another country that they will be accused of trying to start a war? LOL

So please tell me your spam stories, recipes and whether you love or hate the product. I am curious, really.
I'd especially love to hear something about the spam types other than the "classic" spam.


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  1. My WWII vet father inexplicably loved SPAM. As far as I'm concerned, it's an acquired taste.

    Aside from the convenience or 'disaster pack' factor, I'm not inclined to buy something that is more expensive than plain ham!

    It could be that Quebec has the good sense to not let something be imported containing, er, questionable ingredients. I agree, presenting a foreign ambassador with Spam could be interpreted as a Declaration of War :-).

    Link for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_(food)

    Spam "LITE" - ROFLMAO!

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    1. re: DiveFan

      Questionable ingredients? SPAM contains pork, ham, salt, water, sugar, and sodium nitrite. The only "questionable" ingredient is water. Fish f**k in it.

      Problem is that Canada is too far north. You guys can stick a quarter of a moose in the snow bank next to the front door, and you're fed 'til spring so long as you can ward off the wolves and the grizzlies. ;-) In more tropical climes, meat goes bad quickly. In the absence of refrigeration, canning is one of the few viable means of preservation. Which is why it's the national meat of Hawai'i.

      SPAM is good stuff. Nice thick slices fried crisp and served with rice and eggs for breakfast. Or grilled, pressed on sticky rice and wrapped with nori. Or cubed up and integrated into SPAM fried rice. Or how 'bout SPAM kebabs - chunks of SPAM skewered with pineapple, onion and tomatoes?

      Ignore the variations. Go for the original. It tastes like paradise.

      1. re: alanbarnes

        Here here!! Who doesn't like a nice plate of Spambled eggs for breakfast.

    2. I was in Hawaii last week and very much enjoyed some spam musubi. Something about the spam really went well with noro and egg. I was surprised.

      1. Spam does not contain "questionable ingredients" unless you include ham as questionable. The imitators on the other hand contain everything from lips to snouts to really questionable things, plus 50-60% pork fat and gelatine.

        I lived on a tiny Pacific atoll (Kwajalaine in the Republic of the Marshall Islands). Throughout the Pacific you find Spam and some very bad Aussie imitators. For many years canned meat was (and still may be) the only reasonably healthy source of red meat. You even find it in vending machines, next to packet of Ramen type dried noodles!!

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        1. re: KiltedCook

          You consider lips to snouts questionable. Boy, I sure don't. I had feijoada last Saturday in Rio and had that and more.

          1. re: c oliver

            I am so jealous. I love feijoada. Did it come with the chiffonade of collard greens?

            1. re: KTinNYC

              Oh, yes, and way, way, way beyond that. Every possible "accoutrement" you can imagine. I'll email you privately with some pix. Going back this Saturday before returning home Tuesday.

              1. re: c oliver

                I like all the sides but I LOVE the greens. Once I had them prepared the Brazilian way I tend to turn my nose up to the Southern version.

        2. I personally believe it's wretched stuff... pretty much the equivalent of a block of catfood (literally). Let's just say you Canadians aren't missing out on much.

          1. Outside of the US, Korea is the largest consumer of Spam. (Korean War)

            Pretty sure its eaten around the world, so don't know why they don't ship it to Canada.
            According to the SPAM website:
            Post-War Popularity
            After the war, SPAM® luncheon meat continued making its mark around the world when we began distributing the already-famous luncheon meat to international markets. Locations in Denmark, the Philippines and South Korea all began producing SPAM® luncheon meat and today, the SPAM® family of products is distributed in 41 countries and trademarked in more than 100 countries on 6 continents.

            Spam is great....love musubi with hot & spicy spam.

            World famous Hawaiian chef Sam Choy uses
            in many of his dishes.

            There are Spam festivals.

            1. Oh, there's nothing wrong with it. If you're a "foodie" you get the chance to have a dramatic fit at the very mention of the name, but if you're hungry it's ok. When I was a kid in the Missouri Ozarks we used to eat it fried in sandwiches, and a lot of people liked Spam and eggs for breakfast. I don't choose it now, but as mentioned already people in Hawaii eat it all the time. It sounds like you ran into some USDA red tape when you tried to "import" it, so what you need to do is get a "Spam Mule" to sneak some across the border for you. I would suggest sticking with the original type. You can buy it by the single slice in stores I have noticed.

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              1. re: Samalicious

                I love it when I hear comments like, "It's OK, there's nothing wrong with it, it won't kill you or it's better than starving".
                It really, really is better than a sharp stick in the eye. It really improves the taste of durian...

              2. I can give you 20 Spam recipes. Here is the first: Souffle au Spambon:

                Pound one cup Spam in mortar with 2 Tbsp unsalted butter; rub through fine strainer; stir puree and pinch paprika into 2 cups hot bechemel sauce; add three egg yolks and then three beaten stiff whites. Spoon into greased one quart timbale. Bake at 300 until ready. Try before you scoff. Report back for next recipe.

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                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  This recipe gets the "Haute cuisine de Spam" award for the 21st century! You never fail to impress...

                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                    As a textural counterpoint, for a non-souffled dish that still maintains the merging of Spam and bechamel, try this Macaroni Fromage du Spambon Romarin:

                    Slice the Spam to 3/4 inch slices. As with Salt pork or bacon, blanch in simmering water to discharge the extra salt, fat and gelatin. This step can be skipped by those Spam Purists who prefer to retain those components.

                    On parchment or saran on the heavy cutting board, use the toothed face of a meat hammer to slowly dis-integrate the congealed mass into freely separated crumbles of pork components. Best facilitated with soft strokes and rocking wrist movements. (One could do this in the suribachi, but cleanup is a real chore).

                    Microdice some fresh Rosemary (Romarin). Reserve 2 sprigs for garnish.

                    From this point, incorporate the glistening crumbles into your favorite bechamel-based macaroni and cheese recipe. For topping, mix Spam crumbles with the traditional bread crumbs.

                    For table service, present the cooling casserole dish, garnished at one end with the erect embedded curled ziptop lid of the Spam can, flanked by the two rosemary sprigs.

                      1. re: FoodFuser

                        Sam, sorely miss ya.
                        Even to items indelicate as Spam.

                        Transition two years ago,
                        But always Musubi

                        White rice, Crisp Nori.
                        Central the Spam.

                        Accords to your Moniker
                        "S(p)am I am"

                        You are missed.
                        More than just Nori, Musubi.

                        It be the "Am"
                        In "Sam I am".

                          1. re: FoodFuser

                            FF. That was very sweet. Sam truly is missed, still, by many folks here.

                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                          This sounds delicious, but my current vegan state makes it a no-no.

                          1. re: pikawicca

                            My past, current, and future aversion to even the mention of Spam makes it a no-no.
                            [insert sideways grinning moron icon here to indicate all in good humor]

                            1. re: pikawicca

                              Sam loved his Spam, in it's various forms.
                              There was ecstasy in musubi.

                              Sam was as crisp as a fresh Nori wrapper.
                              Complete with the crinkles.

                          2. You should contact Hormel in Canada

                            Hormel Canada, Ltd.
                            4150 Arbourfield Drive
                            Burlington, ON L7M 4B1
                            Office Phone: 905-336-8821
                            Office Fax: 905-336-7538
                            Maureen Lilly - Sales & Marketing Manager, Canada
                            E-Mail: malilly@hormel.com

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                            1. re: monku

                              Thank you for the info. Maureen said that she would get back to me and I am waiting!

                              1. re: bigfellow

                                I'd be curious to what they say.
                                Why no SPAM in Quebec?

                                Maybe you could be the Quebec distributor.

                                1. re: monku

                                  I have no idea. The marketing person "thinks" that a store or two "might" bring it in from Ontario. She'll get back to me on Monday I'm sure.

                            2. My father also served during WWII in Italy and France. He grew to hate spam with a passion and only ate it to keep from starving. He and his buddies would much rather "liberate" a chicken or pig, keep it alive until they could slaughter and cook it.

                              One day he knocked on the hatch of a British tank and asked the crew if they wanted to trade rations. Cans of corned beef flew out of the tank and the Brits happily took all the spam they had, being as sick of corned beef as the Yanks were of spam. That night my dad and his buddies cooked up a mountain of corned beef and some onions they scrounged up and had a feast.

                              1. I can't help much with your goal of hearing something about the spam types other than the "classic" spam, but I'm old enough to have consumed a great deal of the classic stuff in the 40's and 50's. I still buy it, even though my wife won't touch the stuff. Her attitude is fine with me because that means I get the whole can. Casseroles, sandwiches, fondue, the list of possibilities is endless. I can't understand why they've canned it with so many optional flavors. I buy the classic Spam and do the flavoring without their help.
                                Sorry I don't have enough political influence to ensure that you folks up north get a fair share of Spam to stock store shelves. But under those circumstances there is still an abundance for me so I'll control my sorrow and make a sandwich.

                                1. Think of Spam as a "condiment'.

                                  It's like chewable salt.

                                  It goes with, and on, just about anything savory.

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                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    In my part of Northern England you used to get deep-fried battered spam fritters at the local fish-and-chippy.

                                    Quite good they were.

                                    Especially with some tartare sauce.

                                      1. re: Paulustrious

                                        Battered Spam is available in most U.K supermarkets in the frozen section.

                                        I took this picture ins Seoul South Korea, where they appreciate Spam a lot.

                                    1. Just to correct one thing. You can buy spam in most canadian provinces, just not Quebec.
                                      Now back to the quarter moose in the snowbank by the back door. lol

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                                      1. re: bigfellow

                                        Yeah, I live 30 miles north of NY state ant there ain't no grizzlies or wolves around (although there was a moose in town two years ago...).

                                        bigfellow, I'm guessing its a language law thing. Technically all products brought into Canada have to be labelled in both english and french. I have a feeling that every province and territory in canada, except quebec, really doesn't care about such a restriction.

                                        Just curious KiltedCook, is Spam actually considered a source of *red* meat? {;/)

                                        Coupla points.
                                        I forget what program I saw this on, but apparently eating Spam mixed with poi is quite an epiphany. It seems to be a combo thats greater than the sum of its parts. Which, apparently, helped with its great appreciation in hawaii.

                                        Also, bigfellow, I was intrigued with charcoaled grilled spam. I picked up a tin in Plattsburg and was going to give it a go last summer. Alas, the wife either hid it in the extreme bowels of our pantry, or threw it out before I could slice and grill it.
                                        With the snow almost all gone and nicer weather coming around (our moose leg is getting questionable), I'm planning to get more and actually try the spam on the grill.

                                        1. re: porker

                                          Spam burgers out on the grill are great (once or twice a year), just dont cut it too thick. Supposed to be 60* in a couple of days, think I'll pick up a can. Like to try the garlic. Hormel also makes some round ham patties in a can that aren't too bad either.

                                          1. re: porker

                                            >>I forget what program I saw this on, but apparently eating Spam mixed with poi is quite an epiphany. It seems to be a combo thats greater than the sum of its parts. Which, apparently, helped with its great appreciation in hawaii.<<

                                            Yes, Spam works well with poi and a lot of other things where it plays the role of seasoning. See Ipsedixit's post a couple above your own. For most, I think the Spam dishes that really hit the spot are ones where some sort of plain carb are balanced with Spam's salty savory flavor, especially when grilled.

                                            1. re: porker

                                              About 10 years ago I came to Ottawa to open a new restaurant. I started spending time in Montreal on my days off with an old girlfriend who had just lost her husband to cancer. She had 3 kids.
                                              Now anyone who knows me will tell you that I have a slightly warped sense of humour. (too many brit comedies as a child I guesss) I'd tell jokes to the kids about spam.
                                              When the restaurant opened, I had her come up to the opening. She brought the kids so that we could show them around Ottawa the next day. We packed a picnic lunch and went to see the sights. We stopped at a Loblaws to pick up some drinks. The kids saw spam for sale and made me buy a few tins.
                                              The next morning before they headed back, I made breakfast and fried up some spam to go with the eggs. The kids loved it.
                                              A year later she moved on with her life and moved to San Diego. The kids, now young adults still love spam. She still has never forgiven me...

                                              What can I say, I know what I like!

                                              1. re: bigfellow

                                                Good story.
                                                Spam and eggs over bacon and eggs any day.

                                              2. re: porker

                                                porker: I just finished Robb Walsh's "Are you really going to eat that?" (http://tinyurl.com/m79yjh; forewarning--you will be hungry and craving everything if you read it in 1 day, as I did; do not read while hungry).

                                                In it, Spam on its own, or with other things--salty and greasy; Poi on it's own--not very good. Poi with fish or pig--better. Poi + slices pan fried Spam: perfection.

                                                The local store didn't have taro root, but this is a dinner I plan to make soon. My husband is concerned that I've totally lost it, but I must do this, for science, of course!

                                                Method: steam taro root the same size as Spam can. Mush with water and put in refrigerator for 2 days. After then, thinly slice the Spam, pan fry, and serve atop poi (cold? hot? room temperature? this, I haven't sorted out yet).

                                                Will have plenty of the super hot sauce from the book too (1 purple onion chopped in juice of 4 limes for min 30 min, 4 chopped habaneros, 1 tomato; if you have incredibly juicy limes, the extra juice--which will be pink--makes a great marinade for light meats).

                                            2. First, to all the Spam haters, take your Carl Buddig corned beef and bud light, and enjoy lunch.
                                              Spam rocks. The hot and spicy is really hot and spicy. Great flavor.
                                              Just tried the reduced fat, tasted like Spam with less fat. Not worth it. If you're gonna eat Spam, go for the good stuff. Never seen Garlic Spam, but I will not rest now until I find it.
                                              I love pork shoulder. I use it to make Carnitas. I love ham. I use it to make, well, ham sandwiches. Combine the two, I'm so there.
                                              Thick cuts, fried golden brown, a slice of cheddar, some brown mustard on good bread.
                                              The perfect sandwich.

                                              1. So Maureen at Hormel got back to me today. She says that there are 2 places to buy spam in Quebec in theory. Costo and Walmart. Costco will only carry it if the manager wants it.

                                                I called the Costco locations in Montreal area and none of them carry it. Same with Walmart. Back to square one.

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                                                1. re: bigfellow

                                                  Next time at your Costco's just put in one of those suggestion letters and say no one carries it. My wife used to request stuff and surprisingly they'd show up later. Never can tell.

                                                2. The Qubecois government loves you and protects you from the evil spiced ham.
                                                  Here I go again. Forty two years ago I was stuck on a hill top in Viet Nam and mis-resupplied w/ 4 palates of Spam. Nothing else to eat. If I burn in Hell; I'll be fed Spam

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                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                    Slip of the fingers? palates or pallets? I loved that:)

                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                      I remember being in the rain in Brunei, in the jungle being trained by the Brits. It was hot and wet. It is one of the times you really wonder about the military. We were given tins of bully beef to share. The heat had melted all the fat.

                                                      Military = SNAFU

                                                      Though I must say that the present British Army COMPO rations are a big improvement.

                                                    2. SPAM FOR LIFE!!!!! THE HAWAIIAN STEAK.........FRIED SPAM, TERIYAKI SPAM, SPAMBURGER, SPAM N' EGGS, SPAM MUSUBI, KATSU SPAM, SPAM FRIED RICE, MAC-SPAM-N' CHEESE, SPAM AND GREEN BEANS, SPAM GUMBO, POACHED SPAM, SPAMALAMADINGDONG............................................. ARGGGGGGGGHHH, I'M GETTING HUNGRY!!!!!!! Please eat in moderation.

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                                                        1. re: flylice2x

                                                          Fried spam and fried egg with Kim Chee on a toasted Pan De Sal

                                                          1. re: flylice2x

                                                            That is one of my go to meals late at night or if I am too tired to cook, but don't want to go out. I usually top with a fried egg. i used to make fun of spam and now I am literally eating words.

                                                        2. I really enjoy fried spam and eggs and I also like fried spam in fried rice.
                                                          As far as questionable ingredients go spam contains "ham".
                                                          Well ok ,there is ham.......and then there's "Ham". Whole muscle or the slurry out of the drain? Bottom line is that's a closely guarded secret.
                                                          What do you REALLY think happened to Jimmy Hoffa?


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                                                          1. re: Fritter

                                                            When it comes to "ham" content of SPAM you (Fritter) got it almost right ....it's "ham" and "shoulder" trimings consisting mostly of fat....nothing wrong with SPAM if you are at war but to pay for it and eat it voluntarily???

                                                            1. re: Pollo

                                                              The number # 1 ingredient on my can is "pork with ham".
                                                              Seems to me like "pork" could be any thing from tail to snout?


                                                              1. re: Fritter

                                                                I've eaten tail and snout and probably most parts in between. Need to pick me up some SPAM.

                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                  I fried some up after reading this thread the other day.
                                                                  I just wish I could get good pork rinds here like I used to in the south to go with it.
                                                                  Hmmmmm I wonder what would happen if we made mock rumacki and instead of liver used SPAM?

                                                                  1. re: Fritter

                                                                    You could call it rumocki if it becomes a firm favorite.

                                                          2. A friend of mine is going to Plattsburg NY tomorrow and has promised to pick up every flavour that he can find for me. Joy!!!

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                                                            1. re: bigfellow

                                                              you might want to get in touch with your friend at Hormel again to try to find out who sells a variety. even here in spamland (Honolulu) most grocery stores only sell the original and one or two variations (low sodium, spicy being the most common).

                                                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                Thanks, but the Hormel contact is from Hormel Canada and doesn't do anything with the US.

                                                                1. re: bigfellow

                                                                  I'm in Champlain, Plattsburg, and Burlinton quite often. Our #1 recreation (well after quaffing American beer/wine/liquor...and probably after a few select pizza joints) is grocery shopping.
                                                                  Like KaimukiMan, I've only seen a few variations (regular, lite, and low sodium). It was only on this thread, with your mention, that I discovered the cornucopia of Spam products...
                                                                  I'm in Burlinton this weekend, I'll keep a look out nevertheless.

                                                                    1. re: porker

                                                                      Porker, the family cottage is on Lake Champlain (near Venise), and while we enjoy trips up to Montreal, it's always a treat to head down to Burlington, and wander up the mall with a Ben & Jerry's double scoop!

                                                                      1. re: KevinB

                                                                        I boycott Ben & Jerry's ever since they pulled my favorite flavour, "This is nuts"!

                                                                        1. re: bigfellow

                                                                          Have you visited the factory? Is it in the "Graveyard"?

                                                                          1. re: KevinB

                                                                            It is in the graveyard. No, I haven't and won't visit the factory until they bring it back.

                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                    Marukai sell different flavors of spam...

                                                                    1. re: flylice2x

                                                                      Guess you know the joke that has the punchline, "That's FRIED RICE, you plick!"

                                                                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                        ...and then there's the McD's order taker: "You want flies with that?"

                                                                        A vet once told me that during the Okinawan battle campaign, which introduced Spam to the Ryukyus, the single most effective password was the single word "Earl".

                                                                2. Today I recieved my spam. 4 tins each of classic, lite, turkey and hickory.

                                                                  Now I know what's for brekkie tomorrow!

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                                                                  1. re: bigfellow

                                                                    Stopped in Ken's Pizza on Church St, had a pie, had some beer, stopped in Halversons, had a couple of cocktails on the street.
                                                                    On way back to the room, stopped in Price Choppers. They had the regular, low sodium, and lite. They also had the turkey, but that was it. They also had Italian Pinot Grigio for $8/1.5l, but thats another story...

                                                                    We'll be hitting more grocery stores in the coming days...we'll see.

                                                                    1. re: bigfellow

                                                                      Breakfast was great! The hikory flavour was beautiful! Now I really want the bacon flavour!

                                                                      1. re: bigfellow

                                                                        Same variety at Hannaford - 'classic', lite, low sodium, and turkey. A slight twist with a single serving packed in a foil pouch, kinda like the newer tuna fish packaging, for 99c .

                                                                      2. re: bigfellow

                                                                        Thats a good selection. I checked the stores this past weekend, those 4 and spicy were the only ones I saw on the shelves. Enjoy!

                                                                      3. I love my SPAM sliced in 1/2cm wide, either baked in the toaster oven for 10 mins @ 350C or pan fried -- with some honey spreaded evenly on top of a bed of white rice or in macaroni with chicken broth.

                                                                        1. I recall SPAM un-fondly from my childhood, but about every five years or so I see it in the store and think, "Was it really that bad?" So I will buy some, eat it and realize, "Yes it was/is." Fortunately the last time I took the plunge they had SPAM Singles in in the store and I only had to endure one slice.

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                                                                          1. re: al b. darned

                                                                            presumably you are not eating it straight from the package. Most spam aficionados agree that it should at least be sliced (thinly?) fried or broiled, and possibly marinated before that, but not eaten straight out of the tin.

                                                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                              Ate Spam straight from the tin too often, for too long in the jungle, this is why I detest it so.

                                                                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                I've tried it many ways, but no matter if I have it plain, cold or heat it up it always tastes the same...and that is not a good thing.

                                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                  There are many detestable things which, if marinated, over-seasoned, battered, fried or grilled might be edible.
                                                                                  I am reminded of the time I cooked a carp with onions and red wine, ala a French recipe. It was a waste of onions and wine.

                                                                                  1. re: Scargod

                                                                                    Yep, add enough garlic, marinade it, batter it and fry it - people will not only eat it but rave about it regardless of what it is.

                                                                              2. This mornings breakfast has Spam fritters made from hickory flavour spam.

                                                                                It was spamilicious!

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                                                                                1. re: bigfellow

                                                                                  Just had some pretty good clam fritters for lunch, but I think bits of SPAM would have put the over the top. Clam/SPAM fritters - that's the ticket...

                                                                                  1. re: bigfellow

                                                                                    Wonder how that would be if you mixed chopped Spam and pineapple chunks in the fritters.

                                                                                  2. How different is the genuine Hormel Spam from the imitators? While regular US groceries only carry Spam, and maybe an occasional generic version, Asian and Middle Eastern ones carry alternatives, some from Canada, or European countries like Denmark. Some are pure pork, other a mix of pork and poultry, some Halal (non-pork for Muslims). Since I only use a few cans a year while camping (or less), I haven't had a chance to do any comparison testing.

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                                                                                    1. re: paulj

                                                                                      I did a camping trip blind taste testing of Spam original vs Armour Treet at a wonderful campsite with picnic table and gentle outdoor ambiance. Conditions were ideal. Spam won 5 to zero. Six including me, the non-blind tester. Two tests: first was panfried slabs as the entree, 2nd was skewered cubes as shishkabobs as dessert, more charred. 6-0, 6-0.

                                                                                      1. re: paulj

                                                                                        In comparisons of the three major brands, SPAM seems to be the reigning favorite. Tulip puts in a respectable showing, while Treet brings up the rear. But hey, why not organize your own tasting?

                                                                                        See, e.g., http://archives.starbulletin.com/2003...

                                                                                        1. re: alanbarnes

                                                                                          Dang. Hawaiians eat 6 cans per capita per year. So if we figure that only 50% consume, then it goes to 12 cans per consumer. At 10 slices per can that's eatin' Spam every three days.


                                                                                          1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                            Only two slices a week? And you're talking seriously skimpy slices, brah.

                                                                                            1. re: alanbarnes

                                                                                              Quite true. There is no way to monitor the final act of consumption.

                                                                                              Surely there are some fastidious slicers, following the guide of the metal can.

                                                                                              And then there are those who keep a serving spoon warmed and heated, to penetrate most efficiently straight into the cold gelatinous contents of the can, to be fulcrumed by elbow to the mouth.

                                                                                              It seems, though, that even these most determined of Spam shovelers actually have trouble in consuming the entire can, and just admit their limitations and leave something on the table:

                                                                                              1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                                SPAM consumption is a function of availability and demand. My problem is the demand created by my kids. They like SPAM fried rice, SPAM omlettes, SPAM musubi, SPAM with mac and cheese - you name it.

                                                                                                And now that they're capable of cooking for themselves, the stuff disappears immediately from the pantry. Too much island time, I guess. If I want a little SPAM and rice and eggs for breakfast on the weekend, I have to hide the can until Saturday morning.

                                                                                                You've referred to those who don't eat an entire can, but showed a can of the cold stuff. Those who eat cold straight SPAM in general should just be commened to their maker. That's like eating raw bacon.

                                                                                                But two slices seems reasonable if you're crisping the stuff up. And I'd never go ten slices to the can; eight if you like it crispy, six if you want it a little more gelatinous. Four and you're getting into SPAM steak territory, which might cause the downfall of our civilization.

                                                                                                Maybe Hormel should borrow a page from the California almolnd growers - "a can a week, that's all we ask"...

                                                                                                1. re: alanbarnes

                                                                                                  As to hiding cans of Spam. remember that those sheetrocked walls can be cut, exposing the 2x4 studs, where spam cans can be privately hidden.

                                                                                                  As to "cold Spam" eaters, please Note Bene that I specified the intermediate civilized step of a heated spoon to neatly navigate the matrix and perhaps at least bring it to body temperature. But that modicum of civility may soon erode, as in:

                                                                                                  Given the obesity trend, and the declining price of pork futures, I believe we may see infomercials for apparati that are suspended from the ceiling, to be attached to the elbow and wrist, with a pulley system that is easily pulled, to facilitate spooning straight from the can.

                                                                                                  1. re: alanbarnes

                                                                                                    You leave raw bacon out of this. It is almost perfect; it can even take a little light frying. Just do not cremate it in the American fashion, turning it into a crumbling memory of what it should be.

                                                                                                    (Ok, so I'm not the impressed with American-style bacon.)

                                                                                                    But change the name to Parma Ham or Jambon de Bayonne and raw-cured is the new cooked. This weekend I will layer a few slices of my home-made Pancetta across some scrambled eggs.

                                                                                                2. re: alanbarnes

                                                                                                  yeah, i like mine pretty thin, but 8 slices per can is about right. and usually I will eat 2-4 slices at a meal (about the same as bacon). So lets say I get nine slices and three meals... so thats for MWF, which still leaves another can for weekend meals (naw, just kidding). But I probably do eat more than one can a month, 2 is more like it (hope my doc isn't a chowhound reading this).

                                                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                    There should be a 12 step program for Spam lovers.

                                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                      And indeed there is:

                                                                                                      Step 1) We admitted that we were powerless over the allure of the finger-tabbed zip top, and that our culinary lives had become unmanageable.

                                                                                                      Steps 2 thru 11 are all about slicing and frying and ingestion.

                                                                                                      Step 12) Having had a culinary epiphany, we endeavored to share our experience, strength, and hope, and to practice our love of Spam in all of our affairs.

                                                                                                      1. re: FoodFuser

                                                                                                        After a 3 week, 3 meal a day forced habit, I have maintained abstainance for 41 years. I cannot be lead astray!!

                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                          Hormel sells a Spam slicer and a Spam saver just so you can slice it just the right thickness and save the laftovers.

                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                            Ever consider that it was the *ambiance* rather than the food itself?

                                                                                              1. For breakfast I really like Spam, eggs, spam, spam, bacon and spam.

                                                                                                Just for fun


                                                                                                1. My latest cooking toy is a Japanese Benriner (Mandolin). Do you think I could make julienned SPAM with that? Maybe toss it with some carrots and daikon cut the same way, and season with vinegar, salt, sugar etc?

                                                                                                  1. Spam Musubi is the best way to eat it.

                                                                                                    1. We make Spam kabobs. You take your chunk of spam and cut it into about one-inch cubes, then thread them on sticks with onion, green pepper, and pineapple chunks. Then cook it on the grill. I like to have that with rice cooked in chicken broth (or the packet from a ramen soup package if I've got one left) and kimchi.

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                                                                                                      1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                                        Would it work better to have your Spam on one set of skewers and the vegetables and fruits on another set since the Spam is already cooked? You could put the non-Spam on the grill first? Just a thought. I've found that problematic with other "meat."

                                                                                                        1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                          You're probably right, but you also want the Spam to ... uhh ... flavor (!) the peppers and pineapple.

                                                                                                          rev, can't go with you there: if Spam, white rice.

                                                                                                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                            That, and those particular vegetables don't need much actual cooking; it's just to warm them up, give them a little charcoal flavor, and let the spam do its magic.

                                                                                                            My husband feels the same. I just don't much care for plain white rice.

                                                                                                            1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                                              rev, I don't know if this is obvious, but all of us Asians combine in each bite the rice and savory. Seasoned rice and Spam in the same bite is too much salt and two different flavors.

                                                                                                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                I sounds as though SPAM functions much like Chinese sausage (lop xuong), providing a salt/sweet complement to relatively plain rise.

                                                                                                      2. I'm Filipina. Filipinos love SPAM. We chop it up and have it with macaroni and cheese. I love it fried with rice and egg.

                                                                                                        I went to Hawaii two years ago and there was always a Spam dish as a breakfast choice. (I was housed as a guest of the Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, and the cafeteria had Spam on the menu, every day) I fell in love with Hawaii as a result.

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                                                                                                        1. re: batchoy

                                                                                                          Hey, batchoy, I just saw your profile. I did a Rockefeller ecological anthropology post doc in Los Banos with the Program on Environmental Science and Management before doing more post grad work in agronomy and then working for the International Rice Research Institute based in Los Banos. Between the post-doc and IRRI, I spent quite a bit of time at the East-West Center (Manoa) as a visiting scientist.

                                                                                                          Lahat ng mga kaibigan pilipino ko guston'g ang canned "Vienna" sausages, piro hindi nakita ko sila magluto ang Spam! Never.

                                                                                                          email me. See my profile.

                                                                                                          1. re: batchoy

                                                                                                            You fell in love with Hawaii because of Spam? Wonders never cease!

                                                                                                            1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                              A refreshing variation on Surf n' Turf.

                                                                                                          2. I'll try this again and hopefully not get deleted due to Nam references. In the military, I had to eat Spam and canned sea rations (c-rats) to survive. The whole experience left me with a zest for life and a desire to never eat canned or processed foods again. I understand that a lot of food desires are cultural and linked to childhood or regionalism. I just do not understand the desire to eat Spam (and other canned meats and veggies) when there are so many better, healthier, fresh alternatives. Life is so short and there are so many food left to try.
                                                                                                            Our youngest just got home from college. About 5 years ago I got him a can of Spam as a computer pun stocking stuffer at Xmas. I fried it up for him and he wondered what the big deal was. I was pleased that the left over foods he brought home from his apt. were of high quality. I just got in from the garden w/ fresh picked asparagus w/ which to make him an omelet before he goes to his first day of summer work at a local zoo.
                                                                                                            Sam, got a good budding scientist and chowhound here.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                              Thanks for reposting.
                                                                                                              Wikipedia says (quoting): A 56 gram (approximately 2 ounce) serving of original Spam provides seven grams of protein, two grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of fat (23% US Daily Value) including 6 grams of saturated fat (28% US Daily Value), and over 170 calories. A serving also contains nearly a third of the recommended daily intake of sodium (salt). A 56 gram serving of spam contains 767 mg of sodium, equivalent to approximately 2 grams of salt, indicating about 3.6% of spam's mass is salt. Spam provides very little in terms of vitamins and minerals (0% vitamin A, 1% vitamin C , 1% calcium, 3% iron). It has been listed as a food that is a poor choice for weight loss and optimum health and as a food that "is high in saturated fat and sodium".[9]

                                                                                                              1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                This post has inspired me to experiment with a recipe for chicken-fried Spam, with red-eye gravy. If my ticker can get past that one, I should be good for another 10 years.

                                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                  Veggo, make a red chile chorizo sauce and even I might be tempted. Oh, yes grated cheese for the kicker.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                    This entire thread has inspired me to run for the hills if anyone ever offers me Spam in any form, fun though it was to read. Scar's post only confirms it.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                      Even though... there is low sodium Spam, nobody is mentioning using it. There is double the fat to protein, and sodium and nitrates could keep my dog from rotting (if she died). I will NOT feed her Spam! It might kill her, though she would look great, forever...

                                                                                                                    2. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                      It must be deep-fried in a tasty lard! As Pass says, plenty of cheese (and green chiles on top)!

                                                                                                                      1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                        Don't forget, the chorizo, a spicy death!

                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                          Hey - A Spicy Life - OK. A spicy death..... I'm not so sure. Just sayin'

                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                            If I get to pick my poison, I'd definitely choose the spicy version.

                                                                                                                    3. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                      I doubt bacon is on the healthy eating list either, but I still love bacon too.

                                                                                                                    4. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                      Like anything else...moderation is the key......

                                                                                                                    5. Although it is not exactly health food I ocassionally like a breakfast sandwich, lightly toast some bread, mayo on bread, two slices of fried spam, a slice of american cheese melting into the spam, a fried egg and sliced tomatoes, IMHO one of the best tasting breakfasts around.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: malibumike

                                                                                                                        Diced SPAM fried with left over spatzle makes a good breakfast combination.

                                                                                                                        1. re: paulj

                                                                                                                          Had Spam rice and egg this morning for breakfast. Yummy!

                                                                                                                      2. I don't get the aversion to spam, except for those who had it shoved down their throat by the military for meals ad naseum, and after all, they made all food unfit for human consumption.

                                                                                                                        Spam is just a mild tinned sausage, without the casing. Not a gourmet sausage, but it isn't like it's made from any really strange ingredients or anything.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                          I think it's the block shape that does it in. A lot of people seem to be averse to wobbly-ish foods that resemble their packaging, e.g., tofu, Ocean Spray cranberry sauce, jello molds.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Humbucker

                                                                                                                            hahah, love it... what an interesting list that becomes. cream of mushroom soup, refried beans, brown bread. Could be a whole new thread.

                                                                                                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                              Spam a-salts my senses, heh, heh, heh. I make my own sausages, mushroom soup, refried beans and brown bread (in a can). I just do not like canned and preserved shit. Same goes for canned chicken, deviled ham and we rarely evwn eat canned tuna.
                                                                                                                              Freshness is tastyness.

                                                                                                                        2. I never really had much of a position on SPAM, but never thought to order it until a co-worker ordered some Spam Musubi as an appetizer at a Hawaiian place. It was pretty good so I started ordering it at a couple other places where I saw it. I've gotten to the point where I have my own informal Spam Musubi rankings for places around here in the LA South Bay.

                                                                                                                          ShinSenGumi Hakata Ramen has my favorite. Followed closely by King's Hawaiian and then the Loft. The ones I don't care for are offered by those fast food Hawaiian BBQ places where the use rice right out of the cooker so they're steaming hot. It makes the seaweed really mushy and the whole thing falls apart as you eat them. I much prefer the room temperature ones they offer at the 3 places I named.

                                                                                                                          You know, if you marinated SPAM in some fish sauce and grilled it up, it could take the place of nem nuong in a banh mi sandwich.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: huaqiao

                                                                                                                            O_O Take place of nem nuong???

                                                                                                                            I'm trying that this weekend! Four days to get over my ambivalence toward SPAM ...

                                                                                                                            1. re: huaqiao

                                                                                                                              Good musubi is made with very hot rice and formed tightly by hand. It should never fall apart. The steam first moistens the nori, but the nori on a good musubi then quickly dries by residual heat as the musubi cools a bit.

                                                                                                                              1. re: huaqiao

                                                                                                                                Make sure you use low sodium Spam.

                                                                                                                              2. I was surprised when I read this thread a few weeks ago, because I thought Spam was everywhere in Montreal, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't hallucinating before I butted in. Sure enough when I walked into the Korean store on Ste-Catherine near Chomedey there it was. They have original and low sodium Spam. And I've seen it in lots more stores as well. I think most of the Asian, South Asian and Caribbean groceries carry it. I wouldn't be surprised if some chain supermarkets in certain neighbourhoods carried it as well.

                                                                                                                                As far as my Spam story goes, I've always been fascinated by Spam. My avatar can attest to that. I've rarely eaten it, though. I do love the luncheon meat rolls in Chinese bakeries, but I don't know if those are made with Spam or some knock-off brand.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                  Now I can get it locally! Thank you very much!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: bigfellow

                                                                                                                                    We were invited to friend's BBQ a coupla weeks ago and I brought along two cans of Spam - everyone looked at me kind of weird.
                                                                                                                                    I cut the Spam in 1/4 inch slices ang grilled on a hot BBQ as an appetizer.
                                                                                                                                    The results were pretty much 50/50 - where people either loved it, or just meh. I thought it was pretty good!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: bigfellow

                                                                                                                                      FYI, I spotted the Spamalot collector's edition Spam at Marche Hawaï, last week-end.

                                                                                                                                  2. For all of you Spam lovers, here is your path to Spam Nirvana:


                                                                                                                                    1. Garrison Keilor just mentioned the Mini-Spam Nacho Burger at the Minn. State Fair. The Ketchup Advisory Board?

                                                                                                                                      Kind of like 50 year old eggs; the Spam I threw away in Nam; can I find it? Is it still edible?
                                                                                                                                      Why do Koreans like Spam, but the Vietnamese don't?

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                        "Why do Koreans like Spam, but the Vietnamese don't?"

                                                                                                                                        I'm guessing there was a ban on importing American products to Vietnam for quite a while after the war so Spam was not available (that and the fact have one of the world's greatest cuisines ;) ).

                                                                                                                                        1. re: KTinNYC

                                                                                                                                          Korean garlic and red chile conquers all, even Spam.
                                                                                                                                          Can you imagine pho or a ban mi w/ Spam? Not I.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                            Never Spam pho but Spam banh mi is not that outrageous. I'd bet there has been more then one entrepreneurial Viet sandwich maker who has used Spam in in a banh mi. I'd bet you you could find this sandwich in Hawaii. Can any Hawaiians confirm?


                                                                                                                                            See the first comment on this blog. http://battleofthebanhmi.com/banh-mi-...

                                                                                                                                            1. re: KTinNYC

                                                                                                                                              I have had it in banh mi here, but it has been a while since i saw it on the menu

                                                                                                                                          2. re: KTinNYC

                                                                                                                                            I think also the pate' that is familiar in Vietnamese cuisine (e.g., in banh mi) sets a taste expectation. SPAM is in the same ballpark, just not on the same day.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                              Spam is a like a weird combination of the pate and the sausage (cha lua) found in banh mi.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: KTinNYC

                                                                                                                                                In my mind (and tumtum) Vietnamese food gets high notes for finesse. Most pate' have that in varying degrees. While I love SPAM in certain ways, I wouldn't consider it a very finesse-y food...

                                                                                                                                        2. I'm waiting, on the edge of my seat, for the next great fad since mac 'n cheese: Spam Sliders!

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                              Ooh, OOH! Shaped like a pig!
                                                                                                                                              Is Spam what McD's used for McRibs?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                like that spam lamb they made on one of the M*A*S*H episodes?

                                                                                                                                          1. I tried making a spam sausage yesterday. Turned out a bit like a hot dog. Which is odd because they are different meats.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                              I could be wrong, but can't "hot dogs" be anything if they don't spell it out, as they do in "all beef" hot dogs?
                                                                                                                                              At least Spam is all pig. Pretty sure.... :)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                After joining with the Spam-haters I suddenly realized I didn't know why, because I had no idea what it tasted like. I went to buy some, and was surprised at the price, having been told that it was all garbage meat. So I read the ingredients, which seemed innocuous enough (compared to, say, the ingredients in chorizo). So I bought a can. Haven't tried it yet, but this thread gives me a new outlook and I think i'll kabab them with some tasty fruits and veggies.


                                                                                                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                  Haven't tried it yet? What's the holdup bub?
                                                                                                                                                  As I think W.C. Fields would have said, "That's an awful waste of good fruit and veggies!" Don't give in to curiosity! It's the Devil's work!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                    LOL- I have to arrive at my opinions honestly, so don't try to stop me!
                                                                                                                                                    besides, I already bought some. If it sucks I'll just eat the other stuff and not buy it again.

                                                                                                                                                    Not sure if I could do Spam Spam Spam eggs Spam when there's sausage and chorizo to be had, but who knows? I could be wrong, I may even be possessed, like Scargod suggests.

                                                                                                                                                    I like to live on the edge, that's just the kind of gal I am...

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                      Fried spam and eggs are a beautiful combo.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                        It won't suck. The sodium content might take you back a bit, but it's all good. I also recommend fried. But I just slice it about 1/4 inch, fry, throw it on white bread with a slice of cheddar and a smear of mayo or mustard.
                                                                                                                                                        Sooooo goooood.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                      fry a couple of slices up and have with eggs for breakfast, seems to be more flavorful when fried.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: malibumike

                                                                                                                                                        yes, it is best when sliced fairly thin and fried, it will tend to curl, i know some people who go to the trouble of weighting it. you want the edges to get nice and crispy. Spam and egg sandwich; spam, eggs, and rice (very hawaii); spam ommelette; spam biscuits; and spam fried rice.... yum.

                                                                                                                                                2. A couple of months back my 15-year-old daughter learned how to make SPAM musubi. She fries up some slices, glazes them with Aloha brand guava/pineapple teriyaki sauce, and presses them between two layers of rice before wrapping the whole thing in nori.

                                                                                                                                                  Anyway, her friends have discovered the joys of SPAM, and I am the supplier for the piggy protein junkies she's created at her high school. Last week she asked me when I was planning to go to the grocery again "because we only have one can of SPAM." Apparently the demand she's created requires the preparation of two cans at a time.

                                                                                                                                                  Gotta say, though, she brought some musubi on a long bike ride this weekend and they were very welcome when lunchtime rolled around.

                                                                                                                                                  1. I haven't had spam for 20 years. I will have to get some again!

                                                                                                                                                    Uh, it is going to be a bit weird explaining to my spouse that the renewed interest in spam is from reading the Chowhound boards though.... ;)

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                                      Well, at least Spam has been processed out the wahzoo, and is not apt to kill you like the hamburger described in disgusting detail in recent NYT articles.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                        Well,for that matter, Spam comes cooked not raw.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                                        Just say it's the new, improved, gourmet Spam and all the rage.

                                                                                                                                                      3. I've recently discovered this: spread a piece of toast with a nice layer of pb, crisp yet juicy slice of spam, and a thin slice of tomato...Amazing!

                                                                                                                                                        1. I was served fried Spam and Eggs in a restaurant in Tokyo. It was a couple dishes after the raw chicken sashimi, which was a bit of a cultural whiplash. On a recent trip to Okinawa, we got complimentary cans of Spam at our (pretty nice) hotel. We had to give them to my in-laws, though, due to meat import restrictions.

                                                                                                                                                          In Taiwan, the higher end grocery stores carry a variety of Spam brands in the foreign food section.

                                                                                                                                                          As a kid, we occasionally had "Prem Buns" . A google search brings up Prem as a Dutch version of Prem which was recently sued by Hormel - why we ate this in Western Canada I don't know. It was Prem, smushed up with some onion and relish, spread on a hamburger bun, and toasted, and eaten with mustard. It was a treat - normally we got heathy home-cooked food. I suspect when my mom was a kid it was cheap protein.

                                                                                                                                                          1. I have found I love spam in asian inspired dishes. Also I if I marinate the hell out of it tastes less spammy.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: YAYME

                                                                                                                                                              Why would you want it to taste LESS Spammy??

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ricepad

                                                                                                                                                                Because some of us think the SPAM taste is really, really NASTY! Not to worry, tho...just more for the rest of you.

                                                                                                                                                                Then again there must be something you don't care for that I like. To each their own.

                                                                                                                                                                SPAM just happens to be one of the more polarizing "foods" available.