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The idea for SPAM recipes came from frequent HTF contributor Betty Pond. During a family visit to the southern part of Minnesota, one of their side trips was to the SPAM museum in Austin. (See her article on page 6). She suggested it might be fun to have a recipe section on SPAM, so here it is— thanks Betty!

HTF Editor Tucker Nelson chimed in that he had a SPAM recipe and family story to tell, so that appears first in the recipe column. All other recipes are from the SPAM website, www.spam.com.

As an introduction to his family recipe, Tucker Nelson says, “My grandma cooked these SPAM burgers for my mom and my uncles when they were young, and my mom passed on the tradition. I believe the recipe originated because of World War IIera rationing, but they still taste great! SPAM burgers and pizza were the only foods we ate on the set of china my parents received for their wedding. We started that as a joke one day, but then we decided that all other plates are not worthy of the mighty SPAM burger.”

Editor Tucker Nelson and his family enjoy their SPAM burgers served on fine china. Submitted photo.

SPAM Burgers

Recipe by: Dana Nelson of Eveleth

• One can of SPAM
• One block of cheddar cheese
• 1 c. mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
• Chopped onion to taste (optional)
• Hamburger buns

Grate SPAM and cheese, then mix with mayonnaise and chopped onion (if used). Make patties on top of hamburger bun (bottom half only). Arrange on baking sheet and cook at 400 degrees until patties are lightly browned and bubbling. The recipe isn’t very precise, but that’s how I make them! (Yield: 12 servings)

Best-Ever Baked Beans

• 1 (12 oz.) can SPAM Classic, cut into
cubes
• 1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
• 1/2 tsp. chili powder

• 1 Tbsp. chili sauce
• 1 Tbsp. molasses
• 2 onions, coarsely chopped
• 2 (15 oz.) cans vegetarian beans in
tomato sauce

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 1 1/2-quart baking dish. In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until transparent. In a baking dish, stir together the onions, beans, chili sauce, molasses, and chili powder, mixing well. Stir in SPAM Classic and cover. Bake, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and the flavors are blended. (Yield: 8 servings)

SPAM Classic, Pineapple, and Red Pepper Kabobs

• 1 (12 oz.) can SPAM Classic cut into
cubes
• 1 red bell pepper cut into 3/4-inch pieces
• 1 red onion cut into 3/4-inch wedges
• 2 c. fresh pineapple chunks
• 1/3 c. teriyaki sauce

Heat grill to medium heat. Alternately thread SPAM Classic, bell pepper, onion, and pineapple onto 8 to 12 skewers. Grill the skewers, turning occasionally and brushing with teriyaki sauce, for 8 minutes or until kabobs are hot and have thick grill marks. (Yield: 4 servings)

SPAM Classic One Skillet Mac and Cheese

• 1 (12 oz.) can SPAM Classic diced
• 4 c. whole milk
• 2 1/2 c. uncooked elbow macaroni
• 2 c. shredded mild cheddar cheese
• 1/2 c. shredded part-skim mozzarella
cheese
• 2 oz. cream cheese
• 4 Tbsp. butter, divided
• 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
• 1/4 tsp.cayenne pepper
• Pinch of nutmeg
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 c. Panko bread crumbs
• 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley, if desired

Heat broiler to high. In large broiler-safe skillet, over medium-high heat, cook

SPAM Classic 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from skillet. In same skillet, over medium heat, combine milk and macaroni. Bring to a simmer. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking, until macaroni is tender and mixture has thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in cheeses, 2 tablespoons butter, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg and salt. Stir in browned SPAM Classic.

In small microwavable bowl, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Add breadcrumbs, stirring to coat. Sprinkle mixture on top of macaroni and cheese. Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Garnish with parsley if desired. (Yield: 6 servings)

SPAM Cheeseball

• 1 (12 oz.) can SPAM Classic
• 2 (8 oz.) c. shredded cheddar cheese
• 1 (3 oz.) package softened cream cheese
• 1/2 tsp. dehydrated onion flakes,
crumbled
• 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
• 1/8 tsp. dry mustard
• 1/8 tsp. chili powder
• 3 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
• 2 Tbsp. paprika, if desired
• 1 package crackers

In a food processor, finely chop the SPAM Classic. In a medium bowl, combine the SPAM Classic, shredded cheese, cream cheese, onion flakes, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and chili powder, mixing together well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape the cheese mixture into a ball and wrap it in wax paper; refrigerate until serving time. When ready to serve, roll the cheeseball in parsley and paprika. Place on a serving tray and surround with crackers. (Yield: 8 servings)

California SPAM Fried Rice

• 2 Tbsp.canola oil
• 1 small onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 (12 oz.) can SPAM Classic, cut into
cubes
• 2 c. green beans, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
• 4 c. chilled cooked rice
• 3 eggs, scrambled

• 1/4 c. soy sauce
• 1 pinch salt

In wok or deep frying pan, heat oil over high heat. Add onion; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic; stir-fry 30 seconds longer. Add SPAM® Classic; cook 3 minutes longer. Add beans to wok; stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Add rice; cook, stirring, 3 to 4 minutes longer or until heated thoroughly. Add eggs, soy sauce and salt; mix well. Serve immediately. (Yield: 8 servings)

SPAM Tacos

• 1 (12 oz.) can SPAM Classic, sliced into
strips
• 1 small onion, diced
• 1/2 c. chopped cilantro
• 1 (10-count) package taco size corn
tortillas, warmed
• Salsa for serving

In large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook SPAM Classic 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Place SPAM Classic in tortillas with onion and cilantro. Serve with salsa. (Yield: 5 servings)