Spam is a canned spiced ham food made by the Hormel Company. Originally introduced in 1937 under the name “Hormel Spiced Ham”. the name was changed to Spam to help the canned pork product have higher sales. Spam became widely known during the aftermath of World War II. America sent England cases of Spam to help those suffering from hunger after the War.
Spam is very popular in Hawaii and in Guam. It was first introduced to these areas after World War II when American G.I.’s were stationed there. It was economically impossible to have fresh meat shipped to Guam and Hawaii so the U.S. sent rations of Spam. Spam is so popular in Hawaii that the local Burger Kings began selling Spam sandwiches in 2007 and soon surpassed McDonalds in sales.
Hawaiian Spam Casserole:
1 can SPAM, chopped into matchstick size pieces
2-16 oz. cans pineapple chunks
3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
3 cups cooked rice
Yield: One 9 x 13 pan
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
2. In a large skillet combine pineapple with juice, teriyaki sauce, sugar, flour and spam. Simmer over low approximately 15-20 minutees or until sauce begins to thicken.
3. Remove from heat and mix with precooked rice.
4. Place mixture in oven and bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
5. Remove and serve.
Sources:The Hormel Corporation
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