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16 February 2018

Spamageddon | Canned Meat Cook-Off At Indiantown Marina

Canned meat is a staple for cruisers, at least for those of us who are carnivores. So, when one of my marina friends suggested that we have a canned meat cook-off, I was excited. A risk-free way to sample canned meats that, frankly, I'm a little scared of buying (like Spam), and get recipe ideas? Yes, please, count me in!

We only had one rule - you had to make a dish with a canned meat. Fresh ingredients, other canned ingredients were allowed. Easy-peasy.

The event quickly became known as >>Spamageddon<< and the gauntlet was thrown down. Would anyone dare to make a recipe with Spam? Would any of us dare to eat it?

The event was a huge success - so much fun and such interesting and delectable dishes. I only wish I had pictures of all of the entries. But, here are a few to whet your appetite. Who knows maybe Spam is what's for dinner tonight in your house.

Spam - the meat you don't want to ask too many questions about

Who knew Spam could actually taste good?  There were three Spam entries - Spam Rice & Beans, Spam Cupcakes, and Candied Spam with Brie.


Two of these dishes even won prizes! Yes, there were prizes - more about that in a minute. But first, let's talk a bit more about these creative concoctions.

Everyone loves rice and beans, don't they? And beans and rice are staples aboard any cruising boat. Just whack in a can of Spam and you've got a meal that will keep the crew happy and well fed.

Doesn't the baked brie look gorgeous? I wouldn't blame you if you didn't realize that there was Spam in there. And not just any old Spam, but Spam candied with red pepper jelly. Add some brie, more red pepper jelly, wrap the whole thing with phyllo dough, bake, and you've got the most elegant looking Spam dish I've ever seen.

Spam cupcakes, anyone? This is such a creative dish. Make meatloaf out of Spam. Put in miniature muffin tins, top with mashed potato 'icing,' and voila you have savory cupcakes.


Chicken - tried and true, a staple on many cruising boats

Personally, I've never cooked with Spam. I rely more on canned chicken, so I was glad to see several tasty chicken entries. There was a very delicious Enchilada Soup and some moreish Chicken Salads and Spreads.



Fish - kind of disgusting

There were two fish entries - a to-die-for crab and bacon mac n'cheese, along with salmon patties served with dill sauce.


Let's talk for a minute about how disgusting salmon is when it comes out of the can. I have personal experience with this as I made the salmon patties. When I dumped it into a bowl, I was confronted with a horrible stench, skin, and bones. {Yuck, big time.} I almost decided to abandon my plans to cook with salmon, but I persevered. Once I mixed it with bread crumbs, eggs, Old Bay spice, onion, and a little bit of mayo, things looked a little bit better. And, of course, frying anything in oil helps immensely.

The Winners

We roped in a very nice (and brave) gentleman from Tattoo II to be our judge. He tasted all of the dishes, didn't discretely spit anything out into a napkin, and named winners in two categories - tastiest dish and most original dish.

*Tastiest*

1st - Salmon Patties (Tickety Boo) - that's me!
2nd - Chicken Dip (My Dream)
3rd - Baked Brie with Candied Spam (Amazed)

*Most Original*

1st - Spam Cupcakes aka Spoalf (Amazed)
2nd - Corned Beef Quesadillas (No Snow)
3rd - Enchilada Soup (Faith)

Have you ever cooked with canned meat? Any good recipes to share? Would you eat Spam?

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20 comments:

  1. Congratulations on winning with the salmon!
    Good to hear the Spam cupcakes weren't really cupcakes.
    I had Spam when I was younger, but not as an adult.

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    1. It might be worth a try now that you're adult - not too bad :-)

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  2. What a fun thing to do. I love this and it's a great way to socialize.

    Hubby eat all kinds of canned meats to include Spam. He loves it. I shy away from canned meats because of all the sodium.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Ellen. ♥

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    1. It definitely is high in sodium. I always skip adding salt when I cook with it.

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  3. Congrats on the win! (I think you need to work a version of this cook-off into one of your stories/books!) :)

    I don't think I've ever eaten Spam. And now I rarely eat meat or fish of any kind, so I don't know that I'll be trying it any time soon.

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    1. I think in one of the books, Mollie will experience cooking on a boat and all that that entails, including canned meat :-)

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  4. Spam has become one of those things we keep in stock since my husband switched to a low carb diet. One of his favorite dishes is cauliflower fried rice, and I use Spam as a meat source in it. It's pretty tasty.

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    1. I've heard so much about cauliflower rice, but never tried it. Everyone seems to rave about it.

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  5. I've always thought canned meat was inedible...but I have since fallen in love with curried (canned) chicken salad, Parmesean cheese tuna salad and sardine pate. All these dishes look great.....cruisers are so resourceful!

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    1. We love curried chicken salad too. Canned tuna is not one of my faves though, but I'm sure Scott would like it, if I stocked it. He loves canned oysters. Yuck.

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  6. Well done on the win. I used to make a corned beef hash when the kids were younger but I don't tend to use canned meat much these days.

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    1. Corned beef hash used to be a popular dish. It probably still is. I've never had it though. Might be something to try on the boat.

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  7. I clearly lack the creative and culinary skills to pull off a canned meat recipe (okay, and most fresh meat recipes as well). So a big "congrats" on bringing home the price for the tastiest! Was your recipe a variation on whitebait fritters?

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    1. No, nothing like whitebait fritters (which I don't like, yes I know, I'm a heretic). It was more like salmon croquettes or crab cakes.

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  8. Congrats on winning first prize! Way cool. :) We actually love canned salmon... right out of the can with crackers. As for Spam, my hubby likes it, so I cube it and throw it into scrambled eggs every once in a while. Its saltiness works quite well with the eggs.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! We used canned ham on the boat, which I've made with toast and eggs. Tastes quite yummy.

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  9. Well done on winning a prize! And kudos to whoever came up with Spamageddon.

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    1. That was my friend, Tina. She's so creative with everything from cooking to naming cooking contests.

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  10. I was trying to figure out if either the cupcakes or brie was Tina's - of course they were both hers. Congrats on the salmon pattirs. I used to love salmon patties when I was a kid. I'm sure they came out of can. When I get back we need to have a tofu cook-off.

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    1. Of course, it was Tina! Who else would even think of making such awesomely amazing and creative dishes out of Spam? Tofu cook-off sounds interesting. I bet you could do some cool stuff with that.

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