Wednesday, October 18, 2006

SPAM meatballs


I made HF Hawaiian meatballs out of Spam tonight. Scary, huh. My mom gave me this recipe she made when she was in college. It sounds disgusting but everyone loves it whenever they eat it. I know SPAM isn't the healthiest thing out there, but if you are going to eat fatty greasy meatballs, you might as well give these a try sometime. They're super easy and super fast. She calls them "Hawaiian meatballs". Supposedly Spam is used a lot in Hawaii. I've had Korean neighbors that use it in sushi.

Also, word to the wise. You really should not buy generic when it comes to SPAM. Once I bought generic when we were living in Kansas City and when I opened the can it was a green and black, thick, syrupy goo. I poured it down the drain while I dry heaved. Now here I am 5 years later after gaining the courage to give it a try once again. Sometimes name brand counts. Anyway, here's how you do it.

HAWAIIAN MEATBALLS

1 (12 oz.) can SPAM, mixed into pea-size pieces
1 egg
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup cheese, shredded
Mix thoroughly and form into balls. Brown on all sides in frying pan. Set meatballs aside in a 9X13 casserole dish. Drain pineapple juice from a 20 oz. can and pour into a small saucepan. On medium heat combine:
pineapple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ginger

Cook until thick then add pineapple chunks. Pour evenly over meatballs and place in 375 degree oven. Bake until bubbly. Serve with rice.
This is definitely a dish that is ugly and unhealthy and would look great in a 1970's cookbook. Please let me know if you try it. Every man that has eaten this loves it. I kid you not.

2 comments:

billie said...

In 8th grade we got extra credit if we ate some spam. I didn't do it. And I was an extra credit hound. Take from that what you will...

michelle french said...

This is my kids all time favorite recipe. Every time I ask for meal ideas this is what they request. My mother also made this in college and I didn't know anyone else knew of it. My husband and I also like it. Not bad, especially considering it's made from spam.