Friday, November 4, 2011

Spam Wars

I was witness to a conversation about Spam the other day that turned ugly. It was on Facebook and I was eavesdropping, you know... when you read the comments of a friend of a friend. The friend (who's a friend of my daughter but in my mind she's still 14, can't drive and depends on me to take them to the skating rink on Friday nights) posted she had made Spam and eggs for breakfast. It started a round of Spam prejudice that I didn't know existed. Everything from trailer jokes to hillbilly innuendos.

When I was growing up, it was served pretty often. We had it for breakfast meat, alongside eggs, and on weekends Daddy would chop it up and stir it into gravy to have over biscuits. He called it S.O.S. from his Army days! We also had it when we'd go camping or on fishing trips. All you had to do was open the can, slice it up and zip-zap you had a sandwich. No refrigeration needed, excellent for hungry kids. No complaints from me or my brother.

So what do you think, is it poor man's food or a reasonable substitute for ham?


  1. My vote would be terribly one sided, as it was a staple when we lived in the cabin and had no electricity. I grew to pretty much hate the stuff, so did my kids.

  2. Totally in love with spam. I have several cases of it stored. All flavors.

    We not only sliced and fried it, mom grated it into mayo and sweet pickles for a sandwich spread.

    I fry cubes of Spam and add it to mac and cheese because my granddaughter just loves it.

    Spam stands for Spiced Ham. It's ham...just seasoned, cooked and compressed.

    Spam is most popular in Hawaii. There is a hotel in downtown Vegas that is financed by Hawaiians, and is a travel destination for Hawaiians. It serves ONLY spam.

    Now I am going to have to open some bacon flavored Spam for breakfast.

  3. I have fond memories of Spam, my father would sometimes make waffles and put a slice of spam on the iron before pouring the batter in...yum, I loved it! - I think my husband would think I lost my mind if I served Spam, I'll just leave it at that.

    Question - Was it you that told of your grandmother using Spic and Span? I do appologize for not knowing for sure. xo

  4. We had Spam a lot when I was a kid. I loved it. After I was married I fixed it for a meal and my husband and I said "why did we think this was a good idea?" We have become meat snobs over the years. I blame him because he raises our meat. Nothing beats a good steak. Well, except for cake haha

  5. S.O.S! I hadn't heard that comment in a long time.

    I prefer Treet to Spam and buy it regularly. We love fried Treet and melted cheese sandwiches and also for breakfast with eggs on the side.
    I don't like the big chunks of "stuff" in Spam. Treet is smaller pieces.

    I don't care if it is hillbilly, poor man's food, or what the heck.
    It tastes good, eat it!

  6. I'm a spam girl and I loved it! Mama would put it on white bread and toast it with velveeta cheese and top with a ring of pineapple! So delicious. I love SPAMALOT!
    xo, Cheryl

  7. can't say i could eat it today...

  8. We are a Spam family and we love it BUT it has to be fried. None of this eating it out of the can stuff. I do like the spam spread on crackers though. Ever had that?

  9. I love it fried, on sandwiches, in mac and cheese, with eggs...

    It makes a great "hurricane" meal, too!

    The only spam I don't care for, is of the email and comment variety.

  10. You know what i like spam, so im giving spam its props right here. And you can do so many things with it. Richard

  11. I believe we had it growing up, but it's not my meat choice presently. However, it might not be a bad idea to throw several cans into my disaster box.

  12. Your posts kill me. That is so funny you wrote about SPAM, and the cute way you wrote about it too. I like what you said about it growing up. I've always been pretty nonchalant about SPAM. My Mom loves it and I just took it for granted. I'm aware of all the jokes and stuff and that's fun. I can't say I eat it, but if I ever went to Hawaii, I'd love to try their infamous SPAM & Eggs.

  13. Nada, nope- not a Spam girl here. The hubs likes it fried with a slice of cheese though, and I will cook it for him. I've never been tempted to taste it though- and surely not cold. I feel the same way about Vienna sausages.


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