Don’t knock it til you try it. That’s a phrase I grew up hearing when something new was put on the plate in front of me. I have tried to live like that since I started cooking. The more I cooked, more ingredients I worked with, the more I tried, the more food I found pretty darned tasty. So, when I checked out the recipes for this month’s round of Pass the Cook Book Club, from Seoultown Kitchen by Debbie Lee, that’s the spirit I embraced. Sam (the darling hostess over at Little Ferraro Kitchen), picked three recipes – and sure, I could have gone with with wings or the beef (which really sounded good) – but – the whole reason I started this thing was to embrace new recipes. Try new things. So…. I went with that third recipe she picked. Spam and Eggs.
Now, when I think of Spam and Eggs, I think of giant, friendly, awesome Hawaiian dudes. (Blame Hollywood.
Disney . And Adam Sandler. But don’t ruin my make believe version of Hawaii. I will never afford a trip there so at least let me have my dreams). I also think of Spam… Spam. I don’t even know what Spam is. But, I grew up eating tuna, and hot dogs, and scrapple. So I can do this. I can get over my adult nose in the air food from a can snobbishness and try something new. And that’s how that can of Spam got in the cart and on it’s way home to recipe test. And you know what, it wasn’t that bad.
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Spam and Eggs
**If you aren’t down with Spam, try Ham, it’s Seussian brother instead.
- 2 tbs vegetable oil
- 8 eggs
- Salt and pepper
- 1 can Spam, sliced into 1/4″ pieces
- 4 cup cooked white rice, hot
- 2 tbs roasted and salted sesame seeds, for garnish
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbs chili powder
- 1/2 teas cinnamon
- 1 teas smoked paprika
Combine the maple syrup, chili powder, cinnamon, and paprika in a small sauce pan. Bring to a low simmer and let cook for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, get some skillets going on the stove top. In one large skillet over medium low heat, coat the pan with oil. Crack the eggs into the pan and cook sunny side up (I scrambled mine – but that’s my preference).
In another skillet, heat the spam sliced 2 to 3 minutes a side over medium high heat until they are browning and crispy.
Serve with rice, eggs and spam on each plate. Drizzle the chili maple sauce on top and pretend you are
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