SPAM vs. Spam (Recipe: SPAM and Potato Hash)
Recently, Mr. Facebook wouldn’t allow me to post links to my Syrup and Biscuits Facebook page. A little pop-up message told me they thought I might be spamming. I fail to see how YOU can spam YOUR page. Evidently, Mr. Facebook knows best and prevented me from sharing on my page. Their noble act saved over 16,000 people from being spammed by the stuff they come to my page expecting to see. Question mark, exclamation point, question mark, exclamation point.
One of my clever Facebook friends suggested that this whole spamming incident calls for a SPAM recipe. I couldn’t agree more.
Let’s chat about SPAM a little bit. It doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It helped feed our troops in WWII, especially in the Pacific Islands when it was difficult to supply them with fresh meat. SPAM can help a family on a budget stretch the paycheck until next payday. Food pantries frequently request canned meat products such as SPAM.
There are several possible reasons for the widespread disrespect of a product that has been a part of our culture for generations. Maybe the disrespect for SPAM came from the food police. It is high in sodium and fat and isn’t a good choice for folks who need to modify their diets to decrease those elements. Adult need to be informed consumers and make choices that are appropriate for themselves and their families. Perhaps the Monty Python skit that resulted in unwanted electronic mail being named spam contributed to the disrespect of SPAM. Or maybe just plain ol’ , garden variety food snobbery is at play.
There are a multitude of issues, situations, trends, practices, etc. in our culture that are deserving of disrespect and chastisement. But a product that fed our troops, helps struggling families meet their budget and feeds hungry and homeless people, isn’t one of them.
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SPAM and Potato Hash
This recipe was inspired by my Mama’s recipe for Treet Hash. Treet is similar to SPAM in that it’s canned processed meat. SPAM is made from pork and ham, Treet from chicken and pork. I believe Treet might be a little less expensive than SPAM and that could be the reason for it showing up in our pantry. She didn’t include potatoes in her hash, it was strictly Treet and onions. I, on the other hand, feel that potatoes belong in hash. She probably got the recipe from the Treet can.
Don’t salt this dish until it is fully cooked. Taste and add salt accordingly. There’s lots of sodium in SPAM so the addition would depend on your taste preference and doctor’s orders.
4 cups diced Yukon gold potatoes
1 (12 ounce) can SPAM, diced
1 large sweet onion, diced
Cover the bottom of a large skillet with cooking oil. Add potatoes, stir frequently. Cook until they are slightly browned and softened.
Add SPAM and onions to skillet. Cook until onions soften and SPAM is fully heated.