Spam Luncheon Meat
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In 1926 the Hormel Company (located in my home state of Minnesota) created a canned seasoned pork product called "Spiced Ham". It was made from finely ground pork that was seasoned and cooked right in the can. It was widely distributed and eaten in World War II because it was not rationed. I remember my dad saying he couldn't even look at it after eating so much of it during the war. In 1937, the Hormel Company had a contest with a grand prize of $100 for coming up with a new name for the product. A chef named Keith Daugneau came up with the name Spam - a combination of the words "spiced" and "ham".
While it has mixed popularity here in the U.S. (either you love it or hate it), it has become a staple in some other countries. For example, it is widely used in Filipino dishes. Spam has evolved to include many versions of the original product (which is still their most popular item). New versions include low-sodium, smoked, turkey, spicy and other flavors.
Spam can be used much like regular cooked or canned ham. Its funny name and somewhat acquired taste has made it popular in everything from pizza to sushi. It can be fried, grilled, baked - even deep fried.
Spam Fried Rice photo: kathiecooks Made with white rice, black pepper, soy sauce, Spam, vegetable oil, onion, eggs, jalapeno pepper, carrot, boy choy stovetop Spam Casserole Made with cream of mushroom soup, evaporated milk, garlic powder, elbow macaroni or egg noodles, Spam, Cheddar cheese, onion, seasoning, salt and pepper oven, stovetop Country Spam Casserole Made with Parmesan cheese, Spam luncheon meat, onion, frozen mixed vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, cream of potato soup, chives and onion cream cheese oven, stovetop
Cheesy Spam Rolls Made with luncheon meat, hard-boiled eggs, French rolls, cheese, tomato sauce, onion, ripe olives oven
Spam Spread Made with salad dressing or mayonnaise, Spam, onion, pickle relish, salt and pepper New Mexican Spam Soup Made with cheddar cheese, refried beans, Spam, onion, celery, garlic, chicken broth, green chiles, chili powder stovetop Spam Quiche Made with monterey jack cheese, eggs, Spam, onion, green bell pepper, black pepper, oil, milk, baking mix oven, stovetop
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Loco Moco Made with brown gravy, white rice, water, Spam, eggs stovetop Spam And Gravy On Biscuits Made with milk, black pepper, flour, refrigerated large buttermilk biscuits, Spam luncheon meat, onion, butter or margarine oven, stovetop Spam Bites Made with sour cream, ranch salad dressing, sweetened corn cereal, butter flavored crackers, garlic powder, onion powder, Spam Classic, egg, processed cheese microwave, oven Spam Pizza Made with mozzarella cheese, pizza crust, onion, green bell pepper, mushrooms, vegetable oil, Spam, spaghetti sauce oven, stovetop