I am going to title this week: Adventures in SPAM!
I know what your thinking, Spam? Well let me give you a bit of background into why this recipe has made its way onto my blog. I have a patient that I care for frequently at the clinic that I work at and when he found out that I do a food blog he decided to give me a challenge. He asked me if I had ever cooked with or even tried Spam, I had to say NO! So, the next time he saw me, he brought me a can of Spam and several recipes that I should at least “try”. He did say he purposely bought the lite spam, because it would fit better into my healthy blog. I’m not sure Spam is exactly healthy or can be made light, but I decided I can’t make gagging noises until I had at least tried it. I also discovered that they make canned potatoes. Who knew.
So, for dinner tonight I made this concoction of potatoes, garlic, onion and SPAM! I have to say it tastes a lot like salty ham and since I am not a big fan of ham, I wasn’t a huge fan of this, but I can say that I have tried Spam. And with that I will leave you with a quote from the recipes he wrote out for me in regards to rethinking spam. “this recipe may appall you and is not for everyone. But do you eat hot dogs? Well, don’t be snooty about Spam. You know what goes into hot dogs? No, well then do a little research and get your nose out of the air.” I guess sometimes you can’t judge something unless you have tried it. So, Spam, considered yourself tried and judged.
If you would like to know for curiosities sake, how I made this the recipe follows.
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 can spam lite, cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 cans sliced white potatoes, rinsed and dried
- 1 teaspoon basil
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, saute until onions are clear, about 3 minutes.
2. Add diced spam to skillet and cook 3-5 minutes.
3. Next add potatoes and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring frequently to brown potatoes.
4. Sprinkle basil over mixture and dish into serving size plates.
5. Salt and pepper to taste.
So there you have it my friends, my first and probably my last adventure in cooking with Spam. I have to say, I’m glad I gave it a whirl. You never know, it could have been what I had been missing my whole life. Or not.