Spam recipes

/ By Jacqui Ma

Spam is regularly mocked. In fact the word spam for junk mail came from spam being something very unsavoury and unwanted which I think is not really fair. In this blog post I would like to pay homage to this innovative meat product and present a few recipes that might make you change your mind about seeing it in such a negative light. If there is no way I will ever change your mind about sperm I’d like to show you at least some of its iconic packaging and advertising which has been inspiring to me.

Spam

So what exactly is Spam and where did it originate?

It is a play on words for “spiced ham” and it was the invention of Jay Hormel, son of George Hormel who founded the Hormel company, which pioneered canned pork products in Austin, Minn., in the late 1920s. According to the Times article for its 80th birthday in 2017, Spam ads aimed at housewives who wanted cheap, quick meals requiring almost no prep. They wanted a meat that didn’t need to be refrigerated which then made it also really handy for the U.S. military when it went global during World War II.

How did internet junk mail become referred to as Spam? 

It was monty python! The term comes from a 1970 Monty Python’s Flying Circus skit.  In this skit, all the restaurant’s menu items devolve into SPAM.  When the waitress repeats the word SPAM, a group of Vikings in the corner sing “SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, lovely SPAM!  Wonderful SPAM!”, drowning out other conversation, until they are finally told to shut it

read the full article here

Spam fried rice

An obviously favourite in Asia is spam fried rice. It usually has ham in it so why not ham it up with a bit of spam. Great for those emergency dinners. Frozen peas, spam, bobs your uncle. Recipe here

Spam fried rice
Spam Musubi

Spam musubi is a popular snack and lunch food composed of a slice of grilled Spam sandwiched either in between or on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori in the tradition of Japanese omusubi. It can be combined with a touch of seaweed to make it more healthy and of course you can dip in soya sauce. Anything dipped in soya sauce is tasty as we all know.

Spam sushiPanko encrusted Spam 

Adding a bit of texture to the slimy gelatinous blob that is spam, panko bread crumbs are wrapped around to form a seriously moorish crunchy snack. If you don’t have Japanese panko crumbs you can use any kind of breadcrumbs. 

Panko covered spam 

Spam slider

East meets West in this spam slider. AKA a small hamburger. Fry up the spam, add some relish and mustard and 💥 bam, hang over sorted!

Spam slider

Cute Spam Musubi

The Asians just love their cute looking food and spam with its infinite ability to sculpture lends itself perfectly to cute little creations like this spam musubi.

Cute spam musabi
Spam and kimchi pizza
This is not as unexpected as one thinks, as you can easily replace the ham with spam. This recipe below takes it a step further adding the kimchi (one of my favourite things in the world) to it. Replacing onions with spring onions and adding an egg really gives this traditional Italian staple an Asian twist. 
Spam pizzaSpam recipes that give spam a bad rep
Here are some pictures that might make you dry retch. Some poor cooking and lack of imagination that give spam a bad name.
Spam chunder

Any recipe which includes a sloppy texture with corn in it automatically looks like vomit. Everyone knows that corn mysteriously appears in anyone’s vomit. when cooking with spam I would try to add a crispy texture to offset its natural sliminess rather than the other way around. Unless you are lacking teeth, do not try this at home. 🤢

Spam chunder

Spam with ketchup

This should never happen, I am not even going to write anything here.

Spam with ketchup

Spam wellington
If you are going to go to the trouble of rolling out some puff pastry you may as well slap a block of “real meat” or vegetable equivalent in there. This would be a very unpleasant surprise if I were a guest at a dinner party.
Spam wellington
Spam's Iconic Packaging and advertising
Vintage spam advertising
Because Spam has been around for SO long it has seen lots of food trends come and go. Right now we are in a vegan phase so the brand has adapted to create a vegan spam, who would ever have thought! Now vegans and vegetarians can join in on the spam fun.
vegan spam
Vegan Spam
I would love to hear from you in regards to spam. Have you tried it? Do you like it? Do you have any favourite recipes?


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