Yes, I have a confession. Something I must share with you . . . today.
I love Spam.
Perhaps if I tell you why I feel so strongly, you will better understand.
Primarily . . . it's because of my Dad (insert awwwwweeee here). But in all seriousness (ok, can there be a 'serious' conversation about Spam?), I grew up thinking that Spam was something yummy, and never thinking anything otherwise. My dad was fond of Spam, and I think it had something to do with his time in the service. Dad was an army guy long before he married my Mom and had us kids, and I think he was introduced to it during that time. But we occasionally had it in our home, and for me . . . it brings back great memories. Spamwiches (our dish of choice) are DELICIOUS, and my girls LOVE them. Unfortunately Phil Guy does not . . . so we are forced to hide our love of this dish until his absence, and then we run like silly girls through the grocery store gathering up the ingredients when Daddy is out of town! :)
This week, Phil is gone for work. So . . . Sunday night . . . SPAMWICHES!!!
It starts with these few simple items:
English muffins, package of shredded mozzarella cheese,
small can of tomato paste, and . . . the SPAM!
You start with the English muffins . . . opened and placed on a cookie sheet as shown above.
Slice the Spam thin (so you get 12 slices out of one can).
Spread a little bit of the tomato paste on each.
Then top with a generous mound of mozzarella, and then a quick sprinkle
of any Italian seasoning in your cupboard.
Bake in a 400 degree oven until the cheese is melted (usually 10-15 minutes).
I have to tell you . . . if you close your eyes and try one, you will LOVE it! Seriously!
Here are some interesting Spam facts that I learned while writing this post:
- In 2007, the seven billionth can of Spam was sold. Seriously. 7 BILLION CANS HAVE BEEN SOLD!!!
- On average, 3.8 cans are consumed EVERY SECOND in the United States (I guess it's not just me who likes it!)
- As of 2003, Spam is sold in 41 countries worldwide, sold on six continents and trademarked in over 100 different countries
- There is a Spam Museum in Austin, MN, and a full website dedicated to Spam (click here for more info)
And, if you don't . . . then just tell me, are there any favorites in your kitchen that others might think are a little . . . different? I swear, I'll be the last one in the world to question them!!! Leave a comment, and let me know!