WAIT!!! Please don’t run away!
I knew the moment I wanted to share this with ya’ll that it would be one of those “um…. what the heck” recipes and a lot of people would turn their noses up and run before even looking at it! I knew that, but I still wanted to share it with you!
I know I haven’t been posting a lot of recipes lately and I’m sorry. Life is too busy! It’s become WAY too busy and I’m having a really hard time juggling everything. I’m also kind of tired of feeling like I have to make the huge & complicated recipes for the blog.
I was starting to feel like in order for my blog to grow and in order to keep my readers I needed to only post “out of the box”, creative, organic, clean eating, fresh, new recipes. I have to be honest though, I don’t have the time or the energy to create, make, photograph and write up huge recipes with lots of steps and crazy flavor combos! I wish I did, but I don’t.
We’re still eating pretty good at home, but really…who wants to see post after post of grilled chicken, grilled steaks or steamed veggies haha. Plus sometimes I eat leftovers a lot (like this week, I’ve been busy with work and working out and I’ve literally ate left over spaghetti for like 3 nights in a row) and boring foods like PB & Jelly sandwiches and Baked potatoes! I obviously can’t blog about that…….What can I say. Sorry… Not sorry… 🙂
I’m just going to have to go back… back to simple, regular recipes! Desserts (oooo yes, I’ve got 2 EASY, amazing ones coming to the blog super soon), Simple Dinners and probably some snacks throw in there.
I want to make cupcakes, cookies, copycat meals, copycat desserts (swill roll cakes anyone?)…. I want to make all of that and I haven’t because I’m too worried about what my clean eating, make everything from scratch, organic family and friends will think. I WILL FEEL LIKE I HAVE FAILED! 🙁
I still LOVE to eat healthy and clean BUT I need my comfort stuff (and NO I don’t want to “clean up” all of my old favorites and turn them into gluten-free, paleo friendly, clean eating, almond meal, coconut oil treats. Sometimes I just wanna eat things they way I use to make them.. (Nothing wrong with that if you choose to make them better for you, I applaud you for being so awesome!)
Easy, Simple, Normal (at least in HAWAII!!) That’s why I’m sharing these Spam Musubi with you today!
I’d imagine that to most people “SPAM” is a “four letter dirty word”. It was a “OMG EWWW” type of food to me for my entire life. I’m sorry but potted meat made my tummy turn and there was no way in hell I was going to even think about eating it.
Then my husband came along…he loved it. Spam and Eggs? Yep! Fried Spam Sandwich? Yep! But I didn’t want anything to do with it. NO WAY! Until we started planning our trip to Honolulu that is.
Of course, since I’m in love with the food aspect of every place I visit, I wanted to know EVERYTHING about the local favorites before we got there. To my surprise (and horror), there was a little thing called “Spam Musubi” that seemed to be a local “must have”. So I check it out online, I saw it in “Hawaii Food” Videos on youtube and read about it on Hawaii Travel blogs. It was everywhere.
However, I thought maybe it was just a “thing”. Like the love of the Spam Musubi was just kind of being blown out of proportion. I was wrong. They’re everywhere over there. We saw kids pulling them out of their bookbags on the bus after surfing, we saw them in the ABC stores, we saw them on menus and we even went to a little hole in the wall beside our hotel that pretty much only sold Spam Musubi and Boxed lunches. (That’s where I got my little Spam Musubi Maker! Don’t Judge me! haha)
So now I hada problem….I’d made my mind up that I was going to “try local foods”, immerse myself in the culture and do what the locals do…..and now there was SPAM. WHY, out of all the foods, what are you doing SPAM!?! Come on! But then I tried it. I bought one from the “hole in the wall” place and I tried it. It was ok. Then I bought another. It was pretty good.
I suppose It’s the second or third Spam Musubi that sucks you in. After that 2nd or 3rd one you’re pretty much addicted. I think we probably bought one (or two) each day we were there. Oops.
So when we got home, I had to recreate them. That’s how my vacations work. haha I eat, I walk, I eat A LOT… I walk A LOT and then I come home and recreate the foods we loved!
I made a bunch of these and individually wrapped them in plastic wrap so that Big Bear could just grab them from the fridge (warm them up) and snack on them or take some to work with him.
To make these you only need 4 things!
You’ll need Spam, sushi rice, nori and soy sauce to make Spam Musubi! So Simple!
Ps. if you don’t have Musubi Maker (or can’t find one) just use your hands to shape the rice.
This is how I make Spam Musubi. It’s probably not the correct way or the true Hawaiian way but this is how I do it 🙂
by: Angie Barrett 04/04/14 (Click to Print)
1 can of SPAM
4 cups sushi rice (or white rice)
Cook rice according to package directions. Let cool slightly.
Open SPAM and slice into strips. (I normally get about 10 or 12 out of 1 can depending on how thick I cut the strips).
Brush soy sauce onto SPAM slices. Heat a pan on medium – high heat and add spam slices. Fry until the edges of the SPAM are crispy. (I normally brush on a few extra layers of soy sauce onto each side while they’re cooking)
Once they are done, remove them from the pan and set aside.
Now it’s time to assemble the Spam Musubi!
Lay a strip of nori onto a flat surface. Place the rectangle (the Musubi Maker) over the middle of the strip as if you were making a plus sign.
Pack the Musubi Maker half way full with rice. Use the top of the Musubi Maker to press the rice down into the mold. Add a slice of spam and press down with the top of the Musubi Maker.
Remove the Musubi Maker and wrap the nori around the rice and spam. (I use a little bit of water on the edges of the nori to help it stick!
Make about 10-12 Spam Musubi
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