Somewhere along the line, someone decided that "spam" was synonymous with being a bad thing--after all, no one likes hundreds of junk messages clogging up her inbox.
Long before the word began being used to refer to unwanted email, it was the name of a packed pork product from Hormel. (Do you know the origin of the name? I didn't, but apparently, it's an abbreviated form of spiced ham!) Also predating the negative connotation was a skit by Monty Python that will make even the grumpiest grouch guffaw.
Another thing that ought to perk you up is the prospect of winning $1000. All you have to do is spice up one of your tried and true dishes with SPAM products. The theme varies, but right now it's PASTA. Upload your unique pasta and SPAM recipe to the Recipe Exchange and get your family and friends rate it. At the end of the challenge, the top 10 rated recipes will be judged by a panel of SPAM Team experts. One grand prize winner will be chosen to receive $1,000! Interested? Here are the official rules.
Come on, folks--give SPAM a chance! Monty Python did it, and so did I. Even though it's approximately 1000 degrees outside, this hot dish was tasty and satisfying.
Spiced Ham, Spiced Ham, Spiced Ham, Spiced Ham, Baked Beans, and Spiced Ham
can o' SPAM, diced
1 onion, diced
can o' baked beans
Heat the oil in a medium pan over high heat. Add the diced SPAM and onions and fry until browned. Dump into a 2-quart casserole dish and add the beans. Stir to combine and bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until bubbly and heated through.
Disclaimer: To participate in the SPAM: Dish This! program, I was provided with complimentary samples of SPAM product and merchandise, valued at approximately $35. Hormel Foods did not tell me what type of creations I should make nor did they require me to use any specific ingredients. My statements reflect my honest and truthful opinions and actual experience.