In Honor of Spamalot Coming to Houston, Here Are 5 Ways to Use Spam
Monty Python's Spamalot will be coming to Houston's Theatre Under The Stars soon, running from May 14 through May 26. To pay homage to the musical, we've compiled 5 Spamtastic Recipes for y'all to try.
Time to "eat ham, and jam and Spam a lot."
Kimchi & Spam Fried Rice (Bokumbap)
Try adding spam to kimchi bokumbap, the traditional Korean fried rice dish made with fermented Napa cabbage and spices, onions, butter, garlic and soy sauce. Caramelize chopped Spam before tossing with the vegetables and stir-fried rice. Then top the whole thing with a sunny-side up egg. While you're at it, splash on some hot sauce (a little Sriracha never hurt anyone, right). You can find an easy recipe here.
Real Hawaiian Pizza
According to the Facebook group "Authentic Hawaiian Pizza Is Made with Spam," 10 people in Atlanta are very serious about that fact that authentic Hawaiian pizza is made with Spam and not ham.
In related news, we've come up with a recipe to calm their woes: Top store-bought or homemade pizza dough with a quick marinara, chopped Spam, diced pineapple, and thinly sliced red onion. Sprinkle with mozzarella and bake or grill until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbling. For extra oomph and flavor, try Spam's Hot & Spicy variety.
Diced Spam replaces the bacon or pancetta in this classic Italian dish made with pasta, eggs, and Pecorino and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Check out this recipe courtesy of Brandon Boudet, Executive Chef and co-owner of of Los Angeles's Dominick's. And if you're feeling particularly randy, use the Bacon Spam variety (because that actually exists).
The king of all Spam recipes, Spam musubi is a wildly popular Haiwaiian snack food made with four Haiwaiian-kitchen staples -- Spam, sushi rice, nori (dried seaweed), and furikake (a dry, flaky Japanese condiment that is sprinkled on top of rice).
It's a simple and delicious treat: furikake-seasoned sushi rice is molded into a 2-by-4 inch rectangle, topped with crisp, grilled Spam and then wrapped with nori dried seaweed. The inexpensive and portable snack is sold in convenience stores all over Haiwaii, but if you're not heading there anytime soon, have no fear; it's easy enough to make at home (even without a musubi mold - the Spam can works just fine). Serve the snack with soy sauce or Japanese mayonnaise.
The Spamwich: Teryiyaki Spam & Pineapple Sliders
Brush Spam and pineapple slices with teriyaki glaze, then place on a hot grill and cook until crisp and caramelized.
Pile the grilled ham and fruit onto mayo-slathered King's sweet Hawaiian slider rolls and top with shredded Gruyere cheese. Melt under the broiler before serving and being loved by everyone around you.
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