Wednesday, February 01, 2006

SPAM-tastic Sunnydogs!

Those who follow the news closely are already aware that 10-year-old Cynthia Coombs of Herriman, UT (just a few clicks to the south and the west of where I live) won the SPAM "National Kid Chef of the Year" award for her recipe for SPAM-tastic Sunnydogs.

The recipe involves making a batter out of Bisquick, eggs, applesauce, cinnamon and vanilla. Then you dip small pieces of SPAM into the batter, frying them corndog style. You drain them, then insert a kabob or Popsicle stick into the end, and, to serve, you dip your dog in applesauce, honey, or maple syrup. Did I forget to say this is a breakfast dish? To that end, you take any leftover batter and fry it up as pancakes to serve alongside the sunnydogs.

Young Rebecca comments, "I thought no one else would think of corn dogs. And after I tried it, I thought it was pretty good. Even people who don't like SPAM would like these."

In trying--unsuccessfully--to find a link to this story, I came upon the SPAM website, where, in a digital recipe book, you can find recipes for SPAM Sauerkraut Lasagne, SPAM Chimichangas, and SPAM-spread crostini.

Although I never really warmed up to SPAM, I have eaten plenty of disgusting processed foods in my time, and liked them. For instance, my mom--who is a great cook, so this should be understood in a certain context of late sixties-early seventies foodways--used to make a dish we called "Hot Dog Sauce Over Rice." It involved a tomato base with chili-type seasonings, sauteed onions, celery, and green peppers, and sliced hot dogs. Over rice.

It was so good. Though I no longer eat hot dogs, I can remember how much I loved this dish.


  1. Will somebody please bring a Spam dish to the next meeting? Perhaps some Spam dessert item?

  2. Actually I should add that my late mother made a particularly disgusting and delicious macaroni salad that featured giant cubes of Spam.

  3. I don't think I've ever consumed Spam...but I used to dig on the Velveeta.

  4. "Sauerkraut" and "lasagne" always look misspelled, even when they aren't.

  5. here's my idea of the worst thing to bring to a potluck:
    mayo mixed with shredded cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce, and SPAM. I think I ate this at some point. Kind of a spam meets overnight pea salad (and I know you know what that is).



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