Spam Musubi… the ultimate comfort food.

Spam is such an underrated meat.  It really deserves more attention than how much credit it’s given.  It’s such a versatile meat, just like it’s salty counterpart, bacon.  If I could, I would eat it all day long.  I love Spam.  And I’m not afraid to admit it either.  I love the combination of white rice and Spam.  Yum.  But my most favorite way to consume Spam is when it’s pan-fried in a teriyaki glaze, pressed against white rice, and wrapped tightly with nori.  Double yum.

When we were in Hawaii, we spent an entire day driving and exploring the Big Island.  And by exploring, I mean eating our way through the Big Island.  Forget the beaches, give me the food!  I was determined to find the best Spam Musubi on the drive.  After a few disappointments, we stumbled across a little store that had the BEST fruit smoothies and Spam Musubi.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t tell you where it was because I didn’t even think to write down the name.  I was too busy gorging myself on the Spam Musubi and chasing it down with a fruit smoothie.

Spam Musubi

1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
4 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons mirin
1 can lite Spam, sliced into 8 equal pieces
2 cups white rice, cooked
3 sheets of nori, cut into thirds lengthwise
Spam musubi mold

In a small glass bowl, combine the sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. Microwave the marinade for about 45 seconds. Whisk to dissolve sugar completely.

In a shallow square baking dish, lay the slices of the Spam at the bottom and cover completely with the marinade. Set aside to marinate for about 1 hour.

Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat, and lay the slices of Spam to pan fry. After about two to three minutes or until the bottom has caramelized, flip onto the other side to finish cooking. Repeat until all slices of Spam have been cooked. Transfer cooked Spam onto a plate.

While you are cooking the Spam, in a small saucepan, cook to thicken the marinade as a dipping sauce. Once it has thickened, pour into a small bowl. Set aside until ready to serve.

On a clean cutting board, lay down one strip of the nori sheet. Lay the musubi mold on the middle of the nori sheet. Scoop a generous amount of the white rice into the mold. Press down hard on the rice with the handle of the mold. Remove the handle carefully, and gently lift the mold from the rice. Sprinkle with furikake, and lay a slice of the Spam on top. Wrap the nori tightly around the rice, and seal the edge with a little water.

Serve with dipping sauce and devour immediately.

Makes 8 Spam musubis.

Uhm, SPAM Mac Nuts?!? Yes, Please.

Spam.  I know it makes some people squeamish, but Spam has a special place in my heart.  It brings back fond memories of my childhood.  My Mom used Spam as if it had a place of its own in the food group pyramid.  My favorite was when she would cut half-inch slices of it and pan-fry it in a little oil.  That over a bowl of steamed white rice was perfect.  Forget the veggies.  Just give me the meat and starch.  It was my favorite meal of champions.  It satiated my voracious appetite after an hour long karate lesson when I was between the ages of 5 and 14.

I didn’t understand Spam back then, and still don’t to this day.  Actually, I don’t even want to know what it is.  But I love this so-called mystery meat named Spam prepared in many different ways. Did you know there are flavored Spams aside from the OG (original gangsta) Spam?  They have a Spam spread [I’m so excited to try this]; Spam Hot & Spicy; Spam with Cheese; Spam with Bacon; Spam Hickory Smoked; and Spam Oven Roasted Turkey.  Fabulous, right?!

Well, on our most recent trip to Hawaii, we discovered Spam-flavored macadamia nuts!  [I love that Hawaii loves their Spam.  Did you know they one of the largest consumers of Spam in the nation?]  We were shopping for gifts to bring back to the family, and stumbled across this magnificent product.  I gawked it, admired it, took a picture of it, and even posted it on my Facebook.  I made a huge spectacle but didn’t buy it in the end.  I have absolutely NO idea why I didn’t just buy the darn thing.  I left the store, got into the car, drove to the airport, and totally regretted not purchasing the product!  I got back to the mainland and immediately started Google-ing for Spam Mac Nuts, found it at Hamakua Plantations, bookmarked it, and then never bought it.  Maybe subconsciously I didn’t really want it?

Well, fast forward to several months later, and my coworker friend surprised me with a can of Spam Mac Nuts.  Yes, it was meant to be 🙂  I tore that can open immediately and savored one of the mac nuts, and went to my happy place.  My coworker friend who brought me the gift wasn’t too fond of them.  But I wouldn’t imagine people who dislike Spam, like anything Spam-flavored.

These mac nuts are dusted with  a savory, slightly salty, and smoky flavor.  Surprisingly, the flavor is completely vegetarian-based, but still has the wonderful taste of Spam.

I heart Spam.  Do you?