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SPAM

SPAM

I’ve been eating this stuff ever since I could remember.  Being born and raised in Hawaii, eating SPAM seemed more like birthright than obligation. I remember moving to the contiguous United States a while ago and seemed surprised that more people didn’t like it all. Maybe it’s how its (horrifically) made, the (very) unhealthy content, the taste, or maybe it's not their thing I figured, but I mean between GMOs, the drug epidemic, ebola, terrorists, & national affinity for fast food, SPAM is probably the last thing you should be afraid of. Right? SPAM is to Hawaii what scrapple is to the Pennsylvania Dutch, so lets have some tasteful fun here where we explore a recipe that *might* make you want to try your tastebuds at the oft looked down upon canned meat. Now, this is important.  People will tell you to add a fried egg or add avocado or something “healthy” to this but hey listen: Don’t do it! Just don’t.

You need:

First, make your rice. WHITE rice. not brown, not boxed microwave rice, but white rice from the bag.

Alright, get your soy sauce, sugar, and minced garlic.  I used 2 teaspoons of garlic, 1 cup of soy sauce, and about 1/8 cup of sugar, but you can adjust the sugar/soy sauce combo to your liking. Combine them in a container or bowl then slice your SPAM and put it in the marinade. Swirl it around a bit to cover the SPAM slices and let it sit for about 10 minutes while you heat your pan.

When the pan is hot, put the SPAM in then pour the rest of the marinade onto the SPAM in the pan. It’s going to boil a bit, but when it all goes away and that sugar leaves a nice sweet caramelized crust on that SPAM, it's going to be amazing.  Flip it over, and cook the other side while you bask in caramelized greatness.

Now: Lay out your nori onto your wax paper and add a little bit ofsesame oil on to it, then layer your rice on top.

Next: Sprinkle some furikake on top of the rice and layer your SPAM.

Now, tough part: Use the wax paper beneath the nori to help roll it up. Then let the entire roll sit for about 10 mins before cutting.

Finally: Slice, plate, & enjoy.

Culinary Relationships: Redux

Culinary Relationships: Redux

Meaning of Feast: 2014

Meaning of Feast: 2014