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From the Archives: Hot Hawaiian Burgers (Spam, Pineapple, Swiss, and Sriracha Mayo)

It's time to board a small charter flight to Polynesia, the land of Spam and pineapples, for today's recipe from the archives! Why Spam and pineapple? Mostly because it's a delicious combo that hits the rich/fresh/sweet flavors and the crisp/moist textures. Who wouldn't want that on a burger? Add a couple of slices of Swiss cheese along with a nice spoonful of sriracha-mayonnaise and the burger explodes with spice and goo—which is why a toasted English muffin and all its juice-catching nooks is such a great choice here (though regular burger buns would be mighty tasty too). More

Sandwiched: Spam and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches

When Spam and eggs are wedged into a toasted Hawaiian roll slathered in jelly (pineapple, mango, and even strawberry, all work well), it makes for an epic breakfast sandwich that might even sway the harshest of Spam critics (one could only hope). The sweetness of the rolls and the jelly balance the salty Spam and the rich, runny egg yolk. Oh, and a squirt of Sriracha never hurts either. More

Spam and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches

When Spam and eggs are wedged into a toasted Hawaiian roll slathered in jelly (pineapple, mango, and even strawberry, all work well), it makes for an epic breakfast sandwich that might even sway the harshest of Spam critics (one could only hope). The sweetness of the rolls and the jelly balance the salty Spam and the rich, runny egg yolk. Oh, and a squirt of Sriracha never hurts either. More

14 Foods That Will Make You Wish You Lived on Oahu

If you live north of about Arizona, the weather this time of year is probably already tempting you to move to Hawaii. And, well, so is the food. Oahu is the mullet of dining destinations: buttoned-up and business-like in the city-centric south end and party in the north end, where the surfer culture supports a sea of shrimp trucks. And don't forget Spam musubi. And just Spam everything. More

Bar Bites: Spam and Pineapple Spring Rolls with Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce

If sliced just right, Spam makes for an excellent spring roll filling—especially so when combined with slivers of fresh pineapple, toasted sesame seeds, and green onions. When fried to a crisp in hot oil, these Hawaii-ified spring rolls are great as is, but a dip in homemade sweet and sour sauce provides another contrast to the crunchy shell and toasted sesame seeds, salty Spam and sweet pineapple. More

Spam and Pineapple Spring Rolls with Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce

If sliced just right, Spam makes for an excellent spring roll filling—especially so when combined with slivers of fresh pineapple, toasted sesame seeds, and green onions. When fried to a crisp in hot oil, these Hawaii-ified spring rolls are great as is, but a dip in homemade sweet and sour sauce provides another contrast to the crunchy shell and toasted sesame seeds, salty Spam and sweet pineapple. More

Hot Hawaiian Burgers (Spam, Pineapple, Swiss, and Sriracha Mayo)

It's time to board a small charter flight to Polynesia, the land of Spam and pineapples. Why Spam and pineapple? Because it's a delicious combo that hits the rich/fresh/sweet flavors and the crisp/moist textures. Who wouldn't want that on a burger? Add a couple of slices of Swiss cheese along with a nice spoonful of sriracha-mayonnaise and the burger explodes with spice and goo—which is why a toasted English muffin and all its juice-catching nooks is such a great choice here (though regular burger buns would be mighty tasty too). More

We Taste Every Kind of Spam

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the spiced ham product, and love it or hate it, that's not an insignificant figure. I got an email from Spam's PR reps, telling me that there are a dozen different varieties of Spam. This was news to me. Blindingly, joyously good news. It was like suddenly discovering the secret sixth volume of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, or waking up to realize that Star Wars Episode 1 was all just a bad dream. To celebrate, I held the first ever office-wide Spam taste-a-thon, bringing in all twelve varieties, in the hopes of introducing my respected but Spamgnorant office-mates to a new taste sensation. More

A Sandwich a Day: Spam Sliders from Marination Mobile in Seattle, WA

Canned lunchmeat seems an unlikely ingredient for a signature sandwich, but the spam sliders at Marination Mobile make tracking down the truck worth every second of your time. Add a little teriyaki glaze, some special "nunya" sauce (What's in it? That's nunya business!), and a bun that brings it all together and suddenly scary meat product becomes savory small sandwich. More

Cakespy: Mini Maple Spam Doughnuts

Like so many guilty-pleasure treats, Mini Maple Spam Doughnuts taste way better than they really should. The lightly crunchy, sweet doughnut exterior is contrasted by the crisp, crackly fried pork; finished with a creamy, maple-infused frosting and crunchy SPAM bits on top, it makes for a veritable sea of contrasting sweet and salty flavors and textures, and for an overall wholly enjoyable holey treat. More

Mini Maple Spam Doughnuts

Like so many guilty-pleasure treats, Mini Maple Spam Doughnuts taste way better than they really ought to. The lightly crunchy, sweet doughnut exterior is contrasted by the crisp, crackly fried pork; finished with a creamy, maple-infused frosting and crunchy SPAM bits on top, it makes for a veritable sea of contrasting sweet and salty flavors and textures, and for an overall wholly enjoyable holey treat. More

Happy 75th Birthday, Spam

That's right, folks, America's favorite spiced ham in a can is celebrating its 75th birthday this July. If you've never cracked a can of the WWII-era staple, one way to start is by making spam musubi, a ridiculously simple creation composed of four ingredients: spam, rice, nori, and a sweet soy sauce. More

Sriracha and SPAM Fried Rice

Having never purchased a can of SPAM before 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 it's 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, after all, my limited experience with SPAM in the past has been nothing but delicious and I had high hopes for this spicy fried rice More

Photo of the Day: Spampersand

[Photograph: Monsieur Cabinet] Spam + & = SPAMPERSAND! It goes nicely with graphic designer David Thompson's other masterpiece of canned meat-based typography, the corned beef hash (tag). [via we love typography] Related How to Make Spam Musubi Video: Edible and Drinkable Typography Pancake Font In Videos: Creating a 'Font' From Food... More

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