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SPAM vs. Spam (Recipe: SPAM and Potato Hash)

September 7, 2013
by Jackie Garvin

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

SPAM and Potato Hash


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

cooking oil

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.




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17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2013 6:44 pm

    Treet / SPAM , love it fried add potatoes and this recipe sounds divine ! I could totally see adding some eggs ( of any type ) and having a hearty breakfast !

    Thank you once again for a wonderful dish.

    ( I need to go get a heavy duty cast iron skillet……)

  2. September 7, 2013 6:45 pm

    Great history leeson too. I never knew that.

  3. cindy permalink
    September 7, 2013 9:50 pm

    You might have started a SPAM resurgence with the post of this recipe! Looks yummy and I like the idea of a sunny side egg right on top. I haven’t had SPAM in years but may have to add that to the grocery list for a trip back in time.

    • September 7, 2013 9:59 pm

      C’ mon and hop on the SPAM bandwagon, Cindy! We’ve got plenty of room for you. 🙂

  4. Deb Holbrook permalink
    September 7, 2013 10:59 pm

    We make a similar recipe called Campfire Hash and it calls for diced potatoes, diced Spam or Treet Meat, diced onions, can of whole kernel corn, and can of diced green chilies. Served with Mexican corn bread and macaroni & cheese and it is comfort food to the max!

    • September 7, 2013 11:18 pm

      Heavens to Betsy! That sounds fittin’ to eat, Deb. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  5. September 8, 2013 5:07 am

    Isn’t that silly of Facebook? I saw it mentioned and wasn’t sure about the details. I thinkthe spam idea is clever. 🙂

  6. Jean permalink
    September 8, 2013 6:47 am

    Morning Jackie…..Oh what does FB know? I love this stuff. You recipe looks delish too!

  7. Marcia P from Bogalusa! permalink
    September 8, 2013 10:17 am

    I have a can of low sodium SPAM in my pantry, and have been wondering what the perfect recipe would be. This sounds like the winner and I can’t wait to try it out! Eggs will be involved, per others’ suggestions.

  8. Sally permalink
    October 9, 2013 5:06 pm

    Great comeback, Jackie

  9. December 8, 2013 2:00 pm

    I love Spam. It was a staple in our house. I usually dice up two 1/4 in. slices, get them golden brown, then add my scrambled eggs to the party.
    Recently I’ve been doing something a little different. I took a small handful of frozen shoestring fries that I got from Wally-World; they’re $1 for 32 oz.; real cheap (frozen fries are pre-seasoned with shortening then flash fried and frozen). Put them in the microwave for a few seconds just to make them workable. I dice them and then tossed them with garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt and pepper: Then tossed them in the pan with a little Crisco and my Spam; then the eggs. A couple of shots of the “Creole Torpedo” (Frank’s Louisiana Hot Sauce), and I’m a happy boy. God bless.

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