Spam in a can!
    Hormel developed America's first canned ham (''Hormel Flavor-Sealed Ham'') in 1926, and eleven years later developed the first canned meat product that did not require refrigeration. It was a ''distinctive chopped pork shoulder and ham mixture'' developed by Jay C. Hormel, son of Hormel founder George A. Hormel, and marketed as ''Hormel Spiced Ham'' - not a terribly inspiring name for an innovative product fated to save lives, win wars, and balance diets of people world wide.

Hormel Spiced Ham got off to a slightly rocky start. Other meatpackers began to introduce their own canned luncheon meats, and Hormel lost its controlling share of the market. Soon, however, they came up with a cunning plan to rectify this situation - they would give Hormel's luncheon meat a truly catchy name. Toward this end, they offered $100 for a suitable appellation. The winning name was, of course, ''SPAM'', and a legend was born.

What now awaits us on the SPAM front? Only time (and possibly Hormel) will tell.

So much for the history lesson. Now it's on with the part you all have been waiting for.

THE GREAT SPAM RECIPIES

Spam a L'orange
  • One box Macaroni and Cheese
  • One can SPAM
  • One cup Tang
Make one box of Macaroni and Cheese. Mix with one can SPAM and one cup Tang. Enjoy!

Spam Fettuccine Primavera
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
  • 1 tablespon butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1-1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 12 ounces fettuccine
  • 1 can (12 ounces) Spam Lite Luncheon Meat, cut into julienne strips
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli, carrot and cauliflower combination, cooked and drained
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

To make sauce: In small saucepan, melt butter or margarine. Stir in flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in milk, chicken broth and basil. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened. Keep warm.

To cook pasta: In 5-quart saucepan, cook fettuccine according to package directions. Drain. Return to saucepan.

To finish: Stir in Spam, vegetables and sauce. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until thoroughly heated. Stir in parmesan cheese.


Smokin' Spam Appetizers
Arrange some Ritz brand crackers on a cooking sheet. Place thin slices of SPAM of desired size on crackers. Layer on slices of Smoked Cheddar or other favorite cheese. Top with Jalapeno slices if desired. Toast in oven until cheese starts to melt. Enjoy while still warm.
White Spam & Garlic Pizza
Start with Boboli brand premade pizza crust or other favorite crust. Layer on Provalone cheese. Layer on Mozzerella cheese. Dollop on spoonfuls of Ricotta cheese. Mince SPAM and garlic in food processors until pasty. Sprinkle SPAM and garlic paste over pizza. Sprinkle on grated Romano cheese. Bake in 450F oven until done. Enjoy while hot.
Deviled Green Eggs & Spam
Hardboil eggs. Slice into halves. Separate yoke from whites. Soak whites in water dyed with green food dye until desired color is reached, rinse and place on plate to dry. Mix yokes with SPAM in food processor until pasty. Mix in any other desired deviled egg ingredients. Mustard, Cayanne pepper and Curry powder are some favorites. Spoon SPAM and yoke mixture into egg halves. Cover and cool until serving.
Spamsicles
Here's a delightful treat that is especially popular with the younger set:

Tools:
1. Ice cream bar molds. I used molds that were shaped to look like those used with both Popsicle and Fudgsicle dessert treat products.

2. A good freezer.

3. A food processor or blender.

4. Holder-sticks. Sometimes these can be purchased in little plastic bags that hold a few dozen or you might look for candy-apple kits.

Ingredients:
1 Pkg. Knox or other unflavored gelatin. (You might try flavored gelatins, perhaps pineapple)

1 Can Spam.

Water as required.

Technique:
Dissolve the gelatin as directed and then heat up in a microwave in a Pyrex measuring cup with perhaps 1/3 cup of water.

Chop the Spam into cubes about 1" on a side and run the food blender, adding the gelatin water until a good slurry is obtained. Pour/spoon the slurry into the moulds and freeze for several hours.

To make a chocolate covered Spamsicle, use any of your favorite tempering chocolates as you ordinarily would.


Pig Newtons
  • 1 can of SPAM
  • 1 can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Preheat the oven to 350 . Cut the SPAM slab in half, then in 1/4 inch slices. Unroll the crescent rolls and separate into 2 long rectangles. Pat the remaining preforations in the rectangles closed. Lay the SPAM slices end to end down the middle of the dough from one short edge to the other. Bring the sides to lap over the SPAM and seal with your fingers. Turn over the whole thing. Slice this into 1 to 1 1/2 inch sections and place seam side down on a cookie sheet. They look like pink Fig Newtons TM. Repeat for the second piece of dough and the remaining SPAM. You may have a few pieces left for spushie (raw spam) yum, yum. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown and surprise your friends who have never tastes SPAM. We took this to a fancy cocktail party once and the Pig Newtons were gone before the shrimp! Serve with a good American Pale Ale, Geary's or Sierra Nevada if you are home-brew deprived.
Tyrospamites
  • 1 can of SPAM
  • 1 package of frozen phillo dough
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tlbs snipped fresh dill
  • Butter flavored cooking spray
Follow the directions on the box for the pastry,(defrosting, handling, baking time & temp) Cut the slab of SPAM in half. Cut those pieces diagonally so you have a triangular cross-section then slice the SPAM into 1/4 inch thick triangles. In a small bowl, crumble the cheese, add the garlic and dill and mix well. Cut the dough into 3 to 4 inch wide strips. Follow the directions on the box, this dough is tricky to handle. You will use 2 strips for each pastry. Spray the butter-flavored oil between each layer. Place a triangle of SPAM at the end of the doubled, sprayed strip and top with 1 tsp of the cheese mixture. Fold the filing into the dough, side to side, (like you learned to fold the American flag in Scouts) until you have a triangular pastry with several layers enclosing the SPAM filling. Spray (or brush) with butter. Bake until golden. (follow package directions) These can be frozen before baking and cooked without defrosting a few at a time as you need them. With this perhaps a Greek beer like Aegean Hellas or Spartan Lager.
If you want to add your favorite SPAM recipe to this web site, just e-mail it to me and I'll be happy to share it with the world. Don't be afraid to admit that your a SPAM lover too. I'll even give you credit for the recipe.