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opened the fridge to find a tin of spam mrs says it was a prize on tombola stall at local fete, so not had it for years had it grilled on toast for breakfast with some branston and some cheddar. quite enjoyed it. but decided to investigate further.

Here is some SPAM trivia:

* SPAM was introduced in 1937 and called "the Miracle Meat."
* In 1940, SPAM was advertised with one of the first singing commercials. The jingle's lyrics were: "SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM/ Hormel's new miracle meat in a can/ Tastes fine, saves time./ If you want something grand,/ Ask for SPAM!"
* Sales skyrocketed during World War II, sales boomed. SPAM was great for the military, as it required no refrigeration and wasn't rationed as beef was. It soon became a staple in American meals.
* During the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Hormel Girls performers advertised SPAM as they traveled throughout the country distributing SPAM door-to-door.
* National weekly radio show ads proclaimed: "Cold or hot, SPAM hits the spot!"
* Spam is most popular in the states of Alaska and Hawaii. It is also popular in many other countries. Whenever the economy takes a downturn, Spam sells increase.

Breakfast Spam Recipes

Spam and Eggs

* Slice Spam into 3/8 inch thick slices. Fry in butter until it begins to brown. Keep it warm while you cook the eggs.
* Scramble or fry two eggs per serving. Season with salt and pepper.
* Place two slices of fried Spam and two eggs on each serving plate.
* Serve with picante sauce or hot sauce if desired.
* Great with hash brown potatoes.

Spam Breakfast Enchilada Casserole

12 oz can SPAM, cubed
4 eggs
2 cups whipping cream
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
4-oz can diced green chiles
1 small onion chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
8 7" flour tortillas
Picante sauce

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
* Place about 1/4 cup SPAM, 1 tablespoon onion, 1 tablespoon green pepper, 1 tablespoon tomato and 1 tablespoon cheese on each tortilla.
* Roll each filled tortille jelly-roll fashion and place seam side down in a greased 13 x 9" baking dish.
* Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and blend with a wire whisk. Pour over enchiladas.
* Bake, uncovered, for about 40 minutes.
* Sprinkle with remaining cheese, return to oven and bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with picante sauce.

Spam Sandwich Recipes

Spam Reuben Sandwich

12-oz can SPAM, cut into 8 slices
8 slices rye bread
3 tbsp butter, softened
8-oz can sauerkraut
1 cup grated swiss cheese
1/4 cup Thousand Island dressing

Rinse and drain sauerkraut. Mix together sauerkraut, cheese and dressing. Spread 1/4 of the sauerkraut mixture on each of 4 unbuttered bread slices. Top each with 2 slices SPAM. Top with remaining slices of rye bread and butter the outrsides of the bread. Grill over medium heat in skillet or griddle until cheese melts and sandwiches are browned on both sides.

Makes 4 sandwiches

Hot Spam Sandwich

For each use:

2 slices Whole Wheat, French or Italian bread
2 slices Spam, 1/4 inch thick
1 thick slice of American cheese or other cheese of your choice
Sandwich spread (optional)

Lightly butter the bread on one side, and grill in a hot skillet until golden. Put on a serving plate toasted side up. Fry the Spam in butter, and place two slices, side by side on one slice of the bread. Top with cheese, cover with other piece of bread. Carefully return the assembled sandwich to the skillet and grill until both sides are golden. Serve warm.

Cold Spam Sandwich

For each sandwich use:

2 slices sandwich-size French, Italian or sourdough bread
2 slices Spam
2 slices American cheese
Sandwich Spread, tomato slices, lettuce, sliced pickle, or other fillings of your choice

Spread bread with sandwich spread. Add Spam, cheese, and other toppings.

Main Dish Spam Recipes

Sweet and Sour Spam Recipe

12-oz can SPAM, cubed
8-oz can bamboo shoots, drained
1 lg. carrot, sliced diagonally
6 green onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small cucumber, cut in chunks
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp soy sauce
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp catsup
3 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp cornstarch
2/3 cups water

* Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add the carrot, green onion, garlic and cucumber cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisply tender.
* Add remaining ingredients except the SPAM and bamboo shoots.
* Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened (5 to 6 minutes).
* Add SPAM and bamboo shoots. Cook over medijm heat until heated through (4 to 5 minutes).

Serve over rice or noodles.
4 servings

Spam Spaghetti Carbonara

1 1/2 lbs spaghetti
12-oz can SPAM, cubed
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 tbsp olive oil
Ground pepper
3 tbsp butter

* Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
* While spaghettie is cooking, saute SPAM and onion in oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat until lightly browned. Set aside.
* When spaghetti is cooked, drain; return to pot.
* Add eggs and toss to combine.
* Add SPAM mixture, cheese and parsley; toss to combine.
* Season to taste with pepper.

Serve immediately

6 servings

Summer Skillet Spam Recipe

12-oz can SPAM
6 medium new potatoes, peeled and sliced
16-oz can whole tomatoes, sliced
3 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4" slices
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp basil
1/4 tsp pepper

* In a 10" skillet melt butter over medium heat.
* Add potatoes and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tender (6 to 8 minutes).
* Add zucchini and onions; continue cooking until vegetables are crisply tender (3 to 4 minutes).
* Cut SPAM into 6 slices and halve each slice. Add to skillet.
* Add remaining ingredients; stir to blend. Cover and cook over medium heat until heated through (8 to 10 minutes).

4 servings

Spam Supreme

1 or more cans of Spam (one-third to one-half can per serving).
1 can pineapple rings
1 jar pineapple preserves
Whole cloves

Place (unsliced) Spam in a shallow baking pan or dish. With a sharp knife, score the Spam in a diamond pattern. Insert four to six whole cloves into top of Spam. Top each Spam "loaf" with a pineapple ring. Brush warm pineapple preserves over all.

Bake in a hot oven until the edges begin to brown. Remove the cloves before eating.

Spam Recipes for the Grill
Grilled Spam Recipes

Spam is fully cooked, so just slice it and brown it a bit on the grill. Add a glaze of zesty barbecue sauce or other favorite glaze. Pineapple preserves with a little Tabasco mixed in is a tasty glaze.

Try Spam-kabobs. Skewer cubes of Spam alternating with chunks of veggies for grilling. Again, apply a glaze.

Spam Grilled in Foil

12-oz can SPAM, cut into 12 slices
8 new potatoes, sliced
2 cups carrots, sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup beer
1/4 cup stone ground mustard
1/2 tsp celery seed

Combine brown sugar, beer, mustard, and celery seed in a bowl. Divide vegetables and SPAM into equal portions, arranging each portion on an 18 x 12" piece of foil.

dDrizzle mustard sauce over each and fold up to form 5 x 4" packet and seal well.

Place foil packets over medium hot coals, grilling 45 to 50 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

6 servings
Spam Salad
Spam Recipe for Spam Salad

1 can of Spam, regular or low-salt
1/4 cup diced white onion
1/4 cup diced sweet or dill pickle
1 large hard boiled egg, diced
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
Sandwich spread or salad Dsressing to taste

Chop or grind Spam to consistency of coarse hamburger. Mix with other ingredients using enough sandwich spread or salad dressing to consistency you desire. Chill thoroughly. Serve as a dip with chips or crackers or spread on bread Spam salad sandwiches.
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Some facts closer to home.

SPAM® first came to the UK following the passing of the 'Lend-lease' act by the US Government in 1941. The aim of the act was to aid the allied forces in Britain and Russia during WWII.

For the British public, struggling to get to terms with life on rations, SPAM® was a tasty and welcome addition to their diet. Its long life and ability to liven up a variety of dishes is still as much a key to its popularity now as it was then.

2007 – SPAM® Spreaders received a make over and SPAM® supported the start of the Rugby season by launching the Limited Edition Rugby Can.

2006 – Stinky French Garlic SPAM® was launched in celebration of the phenomenal SPAMALOT™, the Musical in London

SPAM® was launched into the chiller cabinet, a first for SPAM®. The SPAM® Fritter was born in the style of a quick and convenient meal for all to enjoy

SPAM® went football crazy and launched the Football World Cup Limited Edition Can

SPAM® enjoys a renaissance in Britain since it was re-launched four years ago with its first advertising campaign in decades.

2002 - the six billionth can is sold.

The UK official SPAM™ web site is launched – The launch sees over 125,000 hits in the first two weeks alone.

2000 - SPAM® - The Cookbook, written by celebrity cook and author Marguerite Patten, launches

1997 - Hormel Foods awards Tulip UK with the licence for supplying SPAM® to the UK market.

1997 - SPAM® gets a revamp with a new can design picturing a SPAMBURGER™ hamburger.

The official SPAM™ Fan Clubs are launched in the UK and U.S.

1991 - the official SPAM® museum opens in Austin, Minnesota. The museum quickly attracts over 60,000 people annually, from all over the world.


Russian president Boris Yeltsin is presented with a can of SPAM® by then president of Hormel Foods, R.L. Knowlton.


The Monty Python SPAM® sketch is aired which becomes one of their most famous television moments. The sketch, considered a classic comedy moment, is set in a café and everything on the menu contains SPAM®.


In the USA, SPAM® adapts to suit smaller families needs, by introducing 7 ounce tins in addition to the original 12 ounce tin.

In the UK, schools put SPAM® at the top of their menu.


The Newforge factory first makes SPAM® under licence in the UK in the late 1950s.

The one-billionth can of SPAM® is produced in America and in 1959, one billion cans of SPAM® have been sold. There is now enough SPAM® to go around the world twice.

The 34th American president Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote to Hormel Foods after World War II about SPAM® saying, "I... officially forgive you your only sin: sending us so much of it."


On March 11, 1941, the American Lend Lease act is signed, bringing SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham to Britain for the first time as part of the U.S. Government’s Lend Lease aid scheme for Allied Forces.

In America, what is believed to be the first-ever musical advertisement is aired to the tune of "My Bonny lies over the Ocean".

Hormel’s new miracle meat in a can;
Taste fine, saves time;
If you want something grand; ask for SPAM®."

During the war, SPAM® becomes a staple of the American diet because, unlike beef, it is not rationed.


American Ken Daigneau wins $100 for his suggestion at a New Years Eve party in 1936 to rename a Hormel Foods product and a legend was born.

SPAM® Luncheon Meat is created in America. Jay C Hormel, son of George A. Hormel who founded Hormel Foods, develops SPAM® in the United States. Sales were slow until, in mid-1937, the product is advertised as "the miracle meat".

Official UK SPAM® Website, Products, Recipes and the SPAM® Fan Club
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I've never tasted it, the colour is kinda artificial looking and off putting i think.
i thought spectre was getting on top of all these spam posts
It started way before email was born. :)

According to the Internet Society and other sources, the term spam is derived from the 1970 Spam sketch of the BBC television comedy series "Monty Python's Flying Circus"[12][13] The sketch is set in a cafe where nearly every item on the menu includes Spam canned luncheon meat. As the waiter recites the Spam-filled menu, a chorus of Viking patrons drowns out all conversations with a song repeating "Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam... lovely Spam! wonderful Spam!", hence "Spamming" the dialogue. The excessive amount of Spam mentioned in the sketch is a reference to the preponderance of imported canned meat products in the United Kingdom, particularly corned beef from Argentina, in the years after World War II, as the country struggled to rebuild its agricultural base. Spam captured a large slice of the British market within lower economic classes and became a byword among British schoolboys of the 1960s for low-grade fodder due to its commonality, monotonous taste and cheap price - hence the humour of the Python sketch.
In the 1980s the term was adopted to describe certain abusive users who frequented BBSs and MUDs, who would repeat "Spam" a huge number of times to scroll other users' text off the screen.[14] In early Chat rooms services like PeopleLink and the early days of AOL, they actually flooded the screen with quotes from the Monty Python Spam sketch. With internet connections over phone lines, typically running at 1200 or even 300 baud, it could take an enormous amount of time for a spammy logo, drawn in ASCII art to scroll to completion on a viewer's terminal. Sending an irritating, large, meaningless block of text in this way was called spamming. This was used as a tactic by insiders of a group that wanted to drive newcomers out of the room so the usual conversation could continue. It was also used to prevent members of rival groups from chatting—for instance, Star Wars fans often invaded Star Trek chat rooms, filling the space with blocks of text until the Star Trek fans left.[15] This act, previously called flooding or trashing, came to be known as spamming.[16] The term was soon applied to a large amount of text broadcast by many users.
It later came to be used on Usenet to mean excessive multiple posting—the repeated posting of the same message. The unwanted message would appear in many if not all newsgroups, just as Spam appeared in nearly all the menu items in the Monty Python sketch. The first usage of this sense was by Joel Furr[17] in the aftermath of the ARMM incident of March 31, 1993, in which a piece of experimental software released dozens of recursive messages onto the news.admin.policy newsgroup.[18] This use had also become established—to spam Usenet was flooding newsgroups with junk messages. The word was also attributed to the flood of "Make Money Fast" messages that clogged many newsgroups during the 1990s.[citation needed] In 1998, the New Oxford Dictionary of English, which had previously only defined "spam" in relation to the trademarked food product, added a second definition to its entry for "spam": "Irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of newsgroups or users."[19]
There are several popular false etymologies of the word "spam". One, promulgated by early spammers Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel, is that "spamming" is what happens when one dumps a can of Spam luncheon meat into a fan blade.[citation needed] Some others are the backronyms "shit posing as mail" and "stupid pointless annoying messages."
I just love SPAM Grilled, Fried and as Fritters, but the new SPAM fritters in a pack of 4, are crap, better off making your own batter and cooking them with that or get some in Scotland where they sell Spam Fritters and a deep fried Mars bar for dessert.

Started of as a cheap product produced by Special American Meats but took off to be one of the fastest and biggest selling tinned meats ever produced and still is today in my opinion. :Clap::Clap:
I just love SPAM Grilled, Fried and as Fritters, but the new SPAM fritters in a pack of 4, are crap, better off making your own batter and cooking them with that or get some in Scotland where they sell Spam Fritters and a deep fried Mars bar for dessert.

Started of as a cheap product produced by Special American Meats but took off to be one of the fastest and biggest selling tinned meats ever produced and still is today in my opinion. :Clap::Clap:

When I was a kid, this Scottish family moved into my area, and introduced the mars bar fritter, and pineapple fritter. Mars bar fritters ruled man! I wish I could eat one now. lol.
You get restaurants in Vietnam making spam dishes. The Americans left the legacy after the war.