Today folks we will be working with SPAM.  We aren’t talking about the ads that fill your email box. We are talking about that versatile canned meat.

Now someone once told me that SPAM stands for “Something Posing As Meat.” Well folks I don’t believe that, this stuff is good.

 

We’re sharing two easy ways to prepare SPAM that will transform it from just being from the can.

SPAM Balls

Take the SPAM and grate it into a bowl. Let’s mix in a can of Hatch green chiles (I prefer Hatch brand, but any will do). Then mix in some  shredded cheese, fresh chopped onion, mayo, and some minced garlic. Mix all this together into a consistency to make a nice meatball that will hold together.

With your hands, form the mixture into about 8 to 10 golfball-sized balls.

 

 

I then take two eggs well beaten and brush them on the SPAM. Then go ahead and roll them around generously into some Panko bread crumbs. I love to use Panko because they give such a good crunch when fried.

Add enough fry oil (such as peanut) to a deep fryer or Dutch oven to deep fry and heat to 350 degrees F.  Go ahead and add the SPAM balls one at a time. As they fry occasionally rotate them so they evenly brown.

 

 

After about 3-4 minutes of bathing in that hot peanut oil until they are golden brown, you can take them out and let them drain on a wire rack or a paper towel. Give them a few minutes to cool, because they are hot enough to burn the hair off a frogs butt!

 



SPAM Breakfast Hash

As promised folks, I said I would give you SPAM two ways and two ways it is with this next delicacy of a good breakfast hash!

To start this out you will take 1/2 pound of your favorite breakfast pork sausage. Add it to your cast iron skillet and break it up a bit… you know me, I like to use my  Mesquite Spatula. Next up you will want to pop a top again on a can of SPAM and chuck that up into cubes.

After doing this if you’re a multi-tasker, your pork should be just starting to brown up a little. This is the perfect time to add in some onion and some jalapeño and about 2 cups of chunked potatoes (we’re using frozen Ore Ida potatoes that have been thawed).

Go ahead and let that cook a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

 

Now, let’s not forget the star of the show, SPAM.

Go ahead and stir that SPAM in with the other contestants. Once this is all mixed into the skillet you can give it a good sprinkling of Red River Ranch Mesquite. Continue cooking until those potatoes and onions soften and the sausage has cooked through.

At this point you can remove it from the fire and smother it with some good shredded cheese, of your choosing of course.

Perfect Eggs

You can’t have a good breakfast hash without eggs. If you haven’t seen my video on the Perfect Fried Egg, you can take this time to check that out… I’ll wait.

Made it back already? That was quick!

Ok, now we can go ahead and fry us up 3 eggs.  I like to top my hash with the eggs but you can go-ahead and eat them on the side too, you won’t hurt my feelings..

So there ya have it folks as promised. SPAM 2 ways, we would like to thank y’all for stopping by and with a few simple ingredients you can transform a very versatile ingredient.

 

In this week’s video we whipped together a smoked Bologna and threw in our 2 Easy SPAM recipes as a bonus. Check it out…

 

Spam Hash - Cowboy Kent Rollins

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 to 4

Ingredients

  • ½ pound pork breakfast sausage
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 2 cups frozen diced potatoes thawed
  • 1 12-ounce can Spam cut into chunks
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 to 4 eggs

Instructions

  1. Add the sausage to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until about halfway browned, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the onion, jalapeno and potatoes. Cook a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the spam. Continue cooking until the potatoes and onions are tender and the pork has completely cooked through. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Sprinkle with the cheese. Cover and set aside in a warm place.
  5. Fry the eggs in a medium skillet until over easy to over medium (see tip). Top the hash with the eggs. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

For our tips on the perfect fried egg: https://kentrollins.com/the-perfect-fried-egg/

 

Fried Spam Balls - Cowboy Kent Rollins

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 balls

Ingredients

  • 1 12-ounce can Spam grated
  • cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup white onion minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped Hatch green chilies drained
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2-3 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • Oil for deep frying

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the spam, mayonnaise, onion, garlic, green chiles and cheese. Slowly mix in the mayonnaise until the consistency will create a ball that forms together.

  2. With your hands, form the mixture into about 8 to 10 golfball-sized balls.

  3. Brush the balls with the eggs and then roll to coat generously in the bread crumbs.

  4. Add enough oil to a Dutch oven or fryer to deep fry the spam balls and heat to 350 degrees F.

  5. Add the spam to the oil a few at a time and fry for about 4 minutes, rolling around occasionally, or until they are golden brown.

  6. Drain on a paper towel or wire rack. Serve warm.