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Spam Recipes and Serving Suggestions

Gordon loves cooking and experimenting with food. He loves making new dishes, particularly with unusual or underused ingredients.

What do you think of when you think of spam, megabytes and microchips? Maybe this recipe - featured below - will change your mind...

What do you think of when you think of spam, megabytes and microchips? Maybe this recipe - featured below - will change your mind...

Spam is an ugly word for many people. Junk e-mails are perhaps what will automatically spring to mind when spam is mentioned in the modern world of online access but the pork and ham canned luncheon meat combination that is Spam predates the commercial Internet by many years and frequently knows a fairly negative reputation of its own. There is often a perception that Spam is among the lowest of the low when it comes to meat offerings and that it is a status symbol of the lower classes or those who can't afford to buy proper meat. Widespread though this idea may be, it is both unfortunate and inaccurate as there are a great many delicious dishes which can be prepared using Spam.

Not convinced? Below are a few examples of ways in which it is possible to prepare, cook and enjoy Spam that will hopefully change the way you view it forever.

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Spam Fritters and Potato Skins with Pickles

Thick slices of spam in batter with deep fried potato skins and pickles

Thick slices of spam in batter with deep fried potato skins and pickles

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 30 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • Skins from two large potatoes, evenly peeled
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons self-raising/rising flour
  • Salt
  • 2 thick Spam slices
  • Pickled onions
  • Tomato relish (or similar)
  1. Put the potato skins in to a large pot or bowl of cold water and leave to steep for ten to fifteen minutes. This removes the excess sugars/starches.
  2. Add the flour and a little salt to a suitable bowl. Mix with cold water - beating with a fork - until you have a thick, smooth batter. Rest in the fridge for ten minutes.
  3. Bring a deep frying pan of vegetable or sunflower oil to a high heat. Dredge the Spam slices in the batter, allow the excess to drip off and deep fry for around three minutes each side until crisp and golden. Drain on a plate covered with kitchen paper.
  4. While the Spam fritters are frying, carefully drain the potatoes skins and pat dry with kitchen paper (see relevant photo above).
  5. Deep fry the potato skins for two or three minutes until crisp and drain on the kitchen paper.
  6. Plate the Spam fritters and potato skins, adding the pickles to garnish and serve.

Cheese and Spam Toastie

Cheese and Spam toasted sandwich

Cheese and Spam toasted sandwich

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 5 min (approximately)

Ready in: 15 min (approximately)

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread
  • Butter
  • 4 or 5 slices of cheddar cheese (or as required)
  • 2½ thin slices of Spam (or as required)
  • Chopped chives to garnish
  1. Sandwich toasters vary, so be sure to refer to the manufacturer's instructions for your particular model.
  2. Start your sandwich toaster heating while you slice the Spam and cheese and lightly butter both slices of bread on one side only.
  3. Lay the first slice of bread in the sandwich toaster buttered side down followed by the Spam slices in a single layer.
  4. Top the Spam with a layer of cheese slices.
  5. Lay on the second slice of bread, buttered side up and close over the sandwich toaster.
  6. The sandwich takes around five minutes but cook until done to your liking. Lift to a chopping board with a spatula.
  7. Remember that toasted sandwiches - particularly when made with cheese - stay incredibly hot for a lot longer than you may expect. Leave to rest for a few minutes before trimming and slicing in half. Plate and garnish with the chopped chives.

Spam and Egg Salad Wrap

Spam slices and salad leaves with hard boiled egg wrap

Spam slices and salad leaves with hard boiled egg wrap

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 20 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • Generous handful mixed salad leaves of choice
  • 2 or 3 thin slices of Spam
  • 1 tortilla wrap
  • Mayo
  • Chopped chives
  1. Put the egg in to a pot of cold water. Bring the water to a simmer for about eight to ten minutes, depending upon the size of the egg.
  2. Wash the salad leaves thoroughly under running cold water and set aside to drain.
  3. Take the pot with the egg to the sink and run in cold water until the egg is cool enough to handle. Crack the shell, peel and resubmerge in cold water for two or three minutes to cool it quickly. (Cooling it quickly prevents the blue/grey tinge from forming around the yolk.)
  4. Slice the egg to around a quarter of an inch thickness.
  5. Heat the wrap per the instructions on the pack. This one took ten seconds in a very hot, dry frying pan.
  6. Lay the salad and Spam slices on the wrap as shown above. Top with the egg slices, mayo and chives.
  7. Fold and roll the wrap to eat.

Spam and Egg Fried Rice with Curry Sauce

Spam, egg and curry sauce stirred through fried rice

Spam, egg and curry sauce stirred through fried rice

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 1 hour 15 min

Yields: Two servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces basmati or long grain rice
  • Salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 inch thick Spam slice, chopped in to slivers
  • 3 tablespoons curry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped coriander leaf/cilantro

Important Note: When preparing the rice in the first instance for this recipe, it is imperative that the cooked rice not be left at room temperature (even covered) for more than about an hour. Otherwise, harmful bacteria potentially leading to food poisoning can form. If preparing further in advance, refrigerate the cooled rice in an appropriate dish.

  1. Bring a large pot of slightly salted water to a rolling boil. Wash the rice in a sieve under running cold water before adding to the pot. Bring back to a simmer for ten minutes, stirring briefly but well after one minute.
  2. Drain the rice well, spread on a plate, cover and leave for half an hour to an hour to cool completely. It is vital that the rice be completely cool before it is subsequently fried.
  3. While the rice is cooling, beat the eggs in a small bowl until just combined. Do not season.
  4. Heat a little oil in a small omelette pan and add the eggs. Work briefly with a plastic spatula until the egg starts to set. Leave alone for a minute or so until the eggs are just set and no more. Transfer to a chopping board, carefully roll and slice. Cover and leave to cool.
  5. Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a wok. Add the rice and stir fry for about a minute or so.
  6. Add the egg and Spam and stir fry for another minute before adding the curry sauce. for a final minute's frying. Most of the coriander (reserve a little to garnish) should be stirred through at the last minute.
  7. The fried rice can either be divided between two serving plates or added to a communal bowl for sharing before it is garnished with the remaining chopped herb.

Cheese and Spam Finger Bites

Spam and cheese on toast party snacks

Spam and cheese on toast party snacks

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of Spam
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Slices of cheddar cheese as required
  • Chopped parsley to garnish
  1. Heat a little vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry the Spam over a fairly high heat for about a minute each side while you toast the bread.
  2. Lift two slices of Spam on to each slice of toast and trim the toast around the slices.
  3. Top the Spam with cheese and melt the cheese under a hot grill/broiler.
  4. Scatter with the chopped parsley.

This recipe could also very effectively be made in much larger quantities as a (hot or cold) party buffet platter.

Spicy Spam, Peppers and Cheese Sandwich

Spam slices with bell peppers and cheese sandwich

Spam slices with bell peppers and cheese sandwich

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • Handful of mixed, sliced bell peppers
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2½ slices of Spam (or as required)
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Slices of cheese as required
  1. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add the peppers. Season with salt and pepper and stir fry for a minute or so before adding the Spam slices to fry for a minute each side.
  2. Lay the Spam slices on one of the bread slices and top with the peppers followed by the cheese.
  3. Melt the cheese under a hot grill/broiler and season with black pepper.
  4. Place the second slice of bread on top and slice to serve.

Spam Megabites with Microchips

Thick slices of Spam, cabbage and onion wraps with homemade small cut chips/fries

Thick slices of Spam, cabbage and onion wraps with homemade small cut chips/fries

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 1 hour 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced/chopped in to microchips/fries
  • 2 Savoy cabbage leaves, tough central stalk removed, sliced
  • ½ white onion, peeled and sliced
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 medium thick Spam slices
  • 2 large tortilla wraps
  1. Put the chipped potatoes in to a large pot of cold water and allow to steep for ten minutes. Drain and add to a large plastic dish. Refrigerate for half an hour to partially dry them out.
  2. Deep fry the microchips in moderately hot oil for five minutes. Lift to a plate covered with kitchen paper, cover and leave to cool for ten to fifteen minutes.
  3. Add about a tablespoon of vegetable oil to a large pot and gently heat. Add the cabbage and onion, season with salt and pepper and sautee over a low heat for about five minutes until softened.
  4. Put the microchips in to hot oil for a further five minutes until crisp and golden and drain again on kitchen paper.
  5. Fry the Spam slices in a little oil over a fairly high heat for about a minute each side.
  6. Heat the tortilla wraps per the instructions on the pack. Add a generous spoonful of the cabbage and onion mix followed by a Spam slice (see relevant photos above). Carefully fold and wrap, securing with cocktail sticks/toothpicks.
  7. Plate the drained microchips and sit your Spam megabites on one side to serve.

© 2014 Gordon Hamilton

Comments

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 28, 2014:

I thought brand name Spam would have been the same all over the world, grand old lady - interesting to know that it's not. I'm glad you like some of these ideas, though, and hope you enjoy them when you give them a try. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on February 28, 2014:

Never thought of spam like this before. However, before trying your recipes, I'll have to buy the American spam at S & R. My brother buys it and it's so delicious. The Philippine spam is not as good. The cheese and spam finger bites will be my first attempt. The family is sure to love it, because we love bread, spam and cheese, even if we only buy the local spam. Fun!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 25, 2014:

Thank you tirelesstraveler :) I'm surprised about Spam being expensive. I suppose, however, different foodstuffs sometimes differ hugely in price in different parts of the world for no apparent reason.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 25, 2014:

Glad you think so trusouldj and thanks for commenting. I have to admit - I did enjoy them!

Judy Specht from California on February 25, 2014:

You could convince me to eat just about anything. The toastie looks really yummy. Spam is expensive here.

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on February 25, 2014:

Those wraps look amazing.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 25, 2014:

I'd definitely recommend trying it Sheri Faye - it doesn't deserve its sometimes unfortunate reputation. Re the junk mail, someone once told me that the name comes from a Monty Python sketch but I don't know whether that's true or not. Thanks for visiting :)

Sheri Dusseault from Chemainus. BC, Canada on February 25, 2014:

Well I have never had spam but might be worth a try. I wonder why junk email got nicknamed spam?

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 24, 2014:

Thank you NornsMercy - I hope these ideas appeal to a true fan of Spam! :)

Chace from Charlotte, NC on February 24, 2014:

I'm gonna share this with my sister. She LOVES Spam! :)

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 24, 2014:

Hi VVanNess. The truth actually is that I had never tasted Spam either until I came up with the (tentative) idea for this page. The first step was obviously to buy a can and make sure I liked it before I started writing about it. I was actually very pleasantly surprised. You're definitely right about helping to save money for college students. Thanks for reading.

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 24, 2014:

I've never had Spam before but I've heard that it's good. I'm sure these would be great ideas for college students trying to save some money. :)

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