Sunday, October 20, 2013

Smashin' Taters with Spam

Yes, it is true. I love Spam. I'm a Spam eatin' gal and I've transformed my whole family into believers too.

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Monty Python reference aside, sliced thin and pan fried until lightly brown, cooked Spam is wonderful.  So, when I decided to re-create a popular smashed potato recipe, it only made sense to use cooked spam instead of cooked bacon. (Plus, I didn't have any bacon and zero motivation to leave the house to get some).

The concept was simple. I boiled four russet potatoes for about 20 minutes, then my plan was to slice them and smash them on a cookie sheet into potato-like pancakes.  Um, yeah.  That WAS the plan. It did not happen.  They were still too firm and refused to smash.

Not to be daunted, I decided my best bet for salvaging something for my family to eat was to slice the whole potato in half, then lay them cut side down on a cutting board. I then cut them into rounds, making sure a piece of potato skin was attached to each slice. Flip them over, then smash them slightly with the back of a fork.

From here, lay them on a cookie sheet.  Drizzle them with olive oil, shake on a little salt and pepper. For just over the top goodness, I then added some shredded cheese and of course.. a piece of cooked Spam or two on top of each mound.  450 degrees for 20 minutes.. and then....

Happiness on a plate

Salty, delicious.. and darn good with a scoop of sour cream.

Now go enjoy your Spam...

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