Friday, October 10, 2008

Great Spam Cookoff...Spam recipes included!

It's sort of amusing, when I told the kids there was a Spam cooking contest at the fair they looked confused. At first I thought it was because they'd never heard of Spam before, however, they were trying to figure out how to cook junk e-mails.

Once I explained that it was a canned meat, they were willing to give it a try.

Alex is really in to wrap sandwiches right now, so his choice was fairly easy. Teriyaki Spam Wraps. You place a couple tablespoons of your favorite teriyaki sauce on a wrap, add Spam, some green leaves (Alex prefers spinach) and some pineapple, wrap up and enjoy. It's too bad the judges didn't enjoy it.

While I was overseeing Leelee's creation, Alex spent his time on the computer researching Spam and it's history and obscure facts. Alex may not be the greatest artist or kid chef, the child is a sponge for useless information. He's going to be great on Jeopardy! one day. At the competition, the audience could win prizes for answering Spam trivia. Of course Alex knew pretty much all the answers. He won a Spam shirt and then began telling other people the answers to questions so they could win. LOL

Leelee wanted to do some sort of Spam sushi. After thinking about it, we decided judges in the south probably wouldn't be too keen on eating much of anything wrapped in seaweed. We had to come up with a plan B. She really wanted to keep it Asian and settled on Spam potstickers.

They look pretty tasty, like something you'd want to eat even if you didn't know it was filled with Spam instead of pork or chicken. The recipe was incredibly easy. The sauce recipe is one of the best gyoza sauce recipes we've found. It is just the right amount of sweet and quite thick. You can't even taste the Spam in the recipe, which, IMO is a huge bonus. The judges agreed and Leelee won third place!

Spam Pot Stickers

2C shredded cabbage
5 green onions
1 can Spam, run through a food processor to resemble mush
package of wonton wrappers
1/4 C water
1T sesame oil
1T veg oil

Heat sesame oil in a pan. Add shredded cabbage and onions and cook for 2 minutes. Toss in the spam and cook until cabbage begins to wilt.

Place 1T of spam mix in middle of wonton wrapper. moisten the edges and seal. Put 1T veg oil in another fry pan. Fry potstickers on each side. At the end of cooking, add 1/4 C water cover pan and steam.

Serve with:
Simple Gyoza Dipping Sauce Recipe
2 Tbsp sesame seed oil
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
2 tsp fresh minced ginger
1 Tbsp finely chopped scallions

In a small pot stir brown sugar and sesame seed oil over med-low heat until sugar melts. Stir in teriyaki sauce and ginger and bring to a simmer. Take off heat. Pour into a sauce bowl and sprinkle with scallions. Serve with gyoza.

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