1.17.2011

don't YUCK my YUM!

Before I start this post, I'd like to state that I am not a foodie, I'm a food lover. There's a big difference in my book. There's a certain stigma that goes along with the term foodie. In my opinion, it's a stuffy word for people who like gourmet food and turn their noses to dishes that don't meet these standards. And while I love "gourmet foods", I also believe there's a time and a place for all foods that I equally enjoy... hot dogs, shitty pizza, Kraft mac-n-cheese, buttered noodles (my dad's specialty), and SPAM.

Yes, SPAM! Spam was always a bit of a joke in my family. It's not something that would even be consumed if the zombie apocalypse happened. This all changed one random spring day in Seattle.

It all started when someone from work came back from lunch with a big ass grin on his face. There may have even been a little dance involved (he loves food like I do). I quickly learned that his favorite food truck was 3 blocks away from our office. A special treat indeed! I had never heard of Marination but I'm so glad my colleague shared his knowledge with me.

Off I was to wait in the block long line to get my lunch. It was hard to choose so I of course got one of everything to split with my boyfriend for lunch. That is, one of everything BUT the SPAM slider, yuck! I'm definitely the one who knows food in our relationship and when my boyfriend ordered 2 SPAM sliders I thought he was out of his mind. He looked at me and said, "What? Why not?". UM, BECAUSE IT'S SPAM, GROSS! 25 minutes later (it was a long line) we walked away with our hands full of tasty treats. I seriously felt like a crazed woman walking with hands and arms full of food, everyone staring, jealous. Marination is a Korean Hawaiian fusion cart that serves tacos, kimchi, and sliders with rotating specials. If you're visiting Seattle or live there I highly recommend you find them and eat there.

Halfway through my tacos, Matt got to the SPAM slider. One bite in when his eyes almost bulged out of his head, I knew I needed to try it. I swooped up his other slider and was instantly convinced that SPAM was indeed a worthy food. The Hawaiians know what's up!

Living in Chicago, I find myself missing Marination. I decided to try my hand at my own version of their SPAM sliders. This is a perfect dish to serve on Super Bowl Sunday! It can be served as an appetizer, lunch or dinner. Give SPAM a try, you might just be pleasantly surprised!

SPAM Sliders with Asian Slaw
ingredients:
1 can SPAM
Asian Slaw (see recipe below)
24 Hawaiian sweet bread rolls
6 T. butter

Yields 24 sliders

Slice SPAM into ¼ inch thin slices and then cut rectangle in half to make perfect little squares. The key to making these sliders extra tasty is to keep the SPAM on the thin side.
you ever have those instant cravings, no matter where or when, you just NEED chocolate immediately? I have them fairly often. My sisters and I share that same need. We love our chocolate, especially molten chocolate cakes. One of our favorite steak houses has an amazing Valrhona molten chocolate cake. We always order our own because sharing chocolate is not an option when you have this need.

In a skillet place butter over medium heat. Once melted and hot, place SPAM slices in pan. Meanwhile, in another skillet, toast your rolls to golden perfection. Once SPAM is browned on both sides, place one square on each roll. Top with slaw and you're ready to eat!

improv style:
Asian slaw sliders are delicious but so are regular coleslaw sliders. Not convinced on SPAM? It's ok, make it with fresh ham. Don't eat ham? Make it with ground turkey instead. Try putting some of the slaw flavors into the ground meat before browning them up.

Asian Slaw
ingredients:
3 c. shredded cabbage
2 whole carrots
3-4 scallions (green + white parts)
⅛ c. rice wine vinegar
¼ t. grated fresh ginger
2 pieces of pickled ginger
½ t. pickled ginger juice (from jar)
1 t. toasted sesame oil
1 t. soy sauce

In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Cut your carrots into thin slices, mince the scallions, and combine with shredded cabbage. Place veggie mixture in bowl and toss to coat. Let sit for 30 minutes until the vinegar has slightly wilted the cabbage and worked its magical flavors into the slaw.

improv style:
you can add your favorite asian flavors here. You can add some purple cabbage for a nice color and slightly different flavor. Try putting in a little hoisin sauce with the mix for a slight sweetness or siracha for a bit of spicy.




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