Friday, April 20, 2012

It's Spam-tastic!

You heard right. I made something involving Spam, and it was delicious. But it's not my fault. It's my boyfriend's fault.

My boyfriend Chris' grandmother is Hawaiian. Tutu (the Hawaiian word for grandmother) and her husband raised six kids in Hawaii, so they had to be fed resourcefully. Sometimes she made food from scratch and sometimes she just doctored up the stuff she had in the house. The recipe we have for Tutu's Beans is the most treasured dish at any cookout.

One of the family's other favorites is Spam Stew which isn't amazing but it's a great way to make $10 feed eight people.


Here is a photo of Tutu and Grandpa back in the 70's at a BBQ in Hawaii.

I resisted trying Spam, but finally I gave in when Chris' father made spam musubi a few months ago.

I don't know if Tutu ever made Spam Musubi for the kids, but I do know that it's a Hawaiian tradition. musubi is basically sushi with spam instead of fish. It is awesome. You can really use any meat or veggie you like as a substitute for the spam.

This meal is so fast and easy you won't believe it. Plus it's really not that bad for you, with the exception of the Cheetos (its interesting that two of the five ingredients you need for this meal have their own website :o/ ). The Cheetos really are delicious with the musubi. Chris' mom and I were just starving waiting for his dad to make the musubi  so we snacked on the last of a bag of Cheetos, the crunch was so nice next to the pillowy rice. I bet some crunchy parmesan squares or parm covered crunchy veggies would be a sufficient substitution.

I actually did some research and figured out that spam is probably better for you than your average grocery store sausage or hot dog. It's only got pork shoulder, ham, water, salt, and sodium nitrite as the ingredients, and a single serving is 270 calories.

As usual I doctored my version up with something special. I added some Nori Komi Furikake to my rice. It sounds so exotic but it really isnt. It's super small pieces of Nori, Sesame Seeds, Sugar, and Salt. I purchased mine at H&L Asian Market here in Charleston, but I'm pretty sure Whole Foods carries some type of rice seasoning. If not it should be easy to order online.




For lunch today I made a healthier version using my new favorite fridge staple Harumi's Onions. The recipe for these came from Everyday Harumi's recipe for Katusdon. I just love these with anything. Anyway, I heated up some leftover rice from last night, smeared it on the nori, added some furikake and 1 or 2 tbsp of the reheated onions and I was set.


This is a photo of the nori coated in rice and furikake.