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Sriracha and SPAM Fried Rice

[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

Having never purchased a can of SPAM before, I thought this Sriracha and SPAM Fried Rice from The Sriracha Cookbook was an eye opener. The first order of business was to find the stuff (no, they don't carry it at Whole Foods, don't bother asking). Once I got my hands on a can, it was time to pull the tab and extract the meat rectangle from its navy blue metallic home. It slid out in a solid, albeit a little wobbly, shape and smelled eerily similar to cat food. But I was undeterred—my limited experience with SPAM in the past has been nothing but delicious and I had high hopes for this spicy fried rice.

Any unpleasantness disappeared when the SPAM cubes were sautéed with toasted sesame oil along with kernels of sweet corn and day-old rice. Eggs are quickly incorporated into the rice as well as a mix of Sriracha and soy sauce that coats everything with a blast of salt and spice. With a handful of scallions thrown on top, this is the kind of dish that lives somewhere in between late night drunk food and wake-me-up hangover breakfast. Belly filling, warm but not too hot, carby, meaty, and entirely satisfying—in a word, awesome.

Adapted from The Sriracha Cookbook. Copyright © 2010. Published by Ten Speed Press. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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