Camp Cook

SPAM FRITTERS & CRUMBED SPAM SLICES

VIV MOON

MAKING THE MOST OF THE POPULAR WAR-TIME DISH!

SPAM is sold in virtually every grocery store throughout Australia, and we’ve found it easy to get wherever we go, making it an ideal camp food for simple meals. It’s even said that there are 12.8 cans of Spam products eaten every second, and that Spam festivals are held all over the USA. What is it? Spam is, in fact, made up of only six simple ingredients, and it’s mainly a blend of chopped pork and ham. Here are two very simple ideas on how to use it in a meal when you’re camping.

SPAM FRITTERS INGREDIENTS

Serves: 4 340g can of Spam Oil Batter: 1 cup of plain flour A pinch of salt 1 egg ½ cup milk or beer

DIRECTIONS

Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 3-6 minutes per batch - Make the batter mix by combining all the batter ingredients in a bowl. It should be a thick mixture to coat the Spam. - Cut the Spam into 7-8 thin slices and pat dry. - Heat the oil in a pan until it’s hot. You’ll need enough to give a good cover in the bottom of the pan. - Dip each slice into the batter mix and then drop into the oil. - Shallow fry for 2-3 mins on each side until golden brown and crisp. - Drain on paper towel and serve with mashed potatoes and peas.

CRUMBED SPAM SLICES INGREDIENTS

1 cup plain flour 2-3 beaten eggs 1½ cups panko bread crumbs Salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

• Place flour, eggs and panko crumbs into three separate dishes. • Dip each slice of Spam first into the flour then into the beaten eggs, making sure it is evenly coated. • Drop the slice into the crumb mix and spoon crumbs over the top. • Press down before turning over, and then spoon more crumbs over the top and press down again. • Shallow fry until golden brown on both sides.

VIV’S HINTS

Here are a few ideas to make the most out of a can of Spam: • Add it to a potato salad – cut into small cubes. • Add it to fried rice – cut into cubes and sauté until browned. • Add it to scrambled eggs – cut into cubes and sauté until browned. • Add it to spaghetti carbonara – cut into cubes and sauté until browned. • Add it to a couple of fried eggs – just slice it and fry it. • Add it to a few slices of pineapple – slice it and fry it with the pineapple.

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH

To get plenty of Spam recipe ideas, check out the following websites: www.spam.com/recipes; www.spam-uk.com/recipes