Friday, 24 April 2015

SPAM-tastic peppers + SPAM BBQ giveaway (c/d 23 May 2015)

Peppers stuffed with Spam and rice

SPAM is definitely a cultural icon. It arrived to Britain in 1941, when the country was plunged into austerity and the cooks had to employ their ingenuity to cook meals from the limited range of foods. In her fascinating book "A history of English food" Clarissa Dickson Wright wrote "Tinned Spam was perhaps the ultimate triumph of meat packaging - a pork luncheon meat crammed into tins". But even after the wartime restrictions and rationing ended, Spam stayed. It has been in and out of fashion, and many a family have nostalgic memories about their meals with Spam.



Personally I haven't tried it until I came to the UK over 20 years ago, and I believe it was my buddies-students who introduced me to this convenient ingredient, which is quick and easy to prepare.
It is made from more than 90% prime shoulder pork and leg ham. You can slice it, chop, grill, fry and even mince, depending on the meal you are preparing.
If you enjoy eating alfresco or plan a picnic or a BBQ, I have a lovely recipe suggestion, using SPAM.

Peppers stuffed with Spam and rice

You will need a pack of mini-peppers (about 300g). Chop off the tops and remove the seeds. Mix 100g of finely chopped Spam and 50g of cooked basmati rice + a teaspoon of dried mixed herbs. Stuff the peppers and cook on a grill until pepper is cooked on both sides.
Serve hot, with a chunk of nice bread and a selection of pickles - gherkins, olives and cocktail onions.

Peppers stuffed with Spam and rice



Now that I hopefully have wetted your appetite, I also have a SPAM-tastic giveaway for the coming summer. Lovely people from SPAM have offered a SPAM BBQ hamper worth £50 for one of my blog readers. The hamper is packed with such goodies as a charcoal bucket BBQ, an apron, a spatula, a recipe booklet and some SPAM.

Image credit: SPAM 



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The giveaway is open to the UK residents only.
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Please don't forget to leave a comment, as it is the only mandatory step, I will make sure the winner selected by Rafflecopter has complied with T&Cs.

The giveaway will close on 23 May 2015 (at midnight)

Good luck!

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184 comments:

  1. Usually chopped and served with salad during the Summer or taken on a picnic for sandwiches x

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  2. The kids love Spam fried in place of bacon with eggs and mash !

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  3. Still as versatile as when I was a child good in salads,sandwiches and fry-ups

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  4. I have not tried Spam since I was a child - so I would love to try it again x

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  5. Always a cupboard staple in our house

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  6. I still love it from my school days so it has to be spam fritters with beans and chips :-)

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  7. I love it choppedup and mixed with rice

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  8. Spam burgers are my favourite. I have had it in so many other forms. I love spam in a fry up too. It's very tasty!

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  9. Fried and served with potatoes, veg etc.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  10. spam is vile, even the smell makes me gag so I don't touch the stuff, however my hubby and dogs like it, he has in a sandwich if I let me

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  11. Sandwiches with brown sauce

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  12. Spam in an omelette with onion

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  13. Love to grill Spam to put in a sandwich - Joanne Beale

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  14. Spam in an omlette with cheese and onion

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  15. fried with beans eggs in fact anyway lovely cold too

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  16. Has to be Spam fritters....totally unhealthy...but sooo tasty !!

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  17. We like it fried, served on top of potato waffles with an egg on top

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  18. It's tasty cut into chunks in a bean casserole :-)

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  19. fried eggs

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  20. spam sandwitches with brown sauce

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  21. spam fried rice

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  22. Spam fritters. Not healthy, but taste lovely!

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  23. Spam Fritters

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  24. spam fritters , or egg and chips

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  25. Chris J - I eat it straight out of the can if I'm going camping or on a long walk.

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  26. It's basic but, Span and mash slightly seasoned, although could try endless posibilities down at the beach with a barbie! :)

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  27. usually just sandwiches but seeing the other comments from people and the ideas you have give i really need more spam to try other things!

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  28. My husband likes it fried for breakfast

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  29. Fried spam with eggs for brekky.

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  30. What do you like to cook with SPAM? Sandwiches, snacks, omelettes, burgers etc? usually sandwiches and the hubby LOVES Spam fritters

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  31. I love to have my SPAM on sandwiches

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  32. The kids love spam fritters with mushy peas and homemade wedges x

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  33. We used to have this as a child with Chips & salad.

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  34. I love fried SPAM with onions and mushrooms.

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  35. Spam fritters, chips and salad! pure comfort food!

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  36. I make Spam burgers for my husband.

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  37. Sandwiches in our house @bexallum on twitter

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  38. Edward Guerreiro26 April 2015 at 17:09

    I don't really know many recipes using spam. I tend to simply eat it in sandwiches.

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  39. Spam fritters and mushy peas. And I have a memory of my gran making me spam spread sandwiches for a long train ride once. Did she make the spread with spam? Do I remember it correctly?

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  40. With mashed potatoe and baked beans

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  41. Sandwiches with lashings of butter

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  42. Spam and pickle on white bread

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  43. I love fried spam with ketchup and thick white bread

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  44. I have never tried spam so if I win I will let you know what i've made :D

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  45. Definitely spam, fried eggs on rice with soy sauce!

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  46. gotta be with eggs and bacon and some fried bread, tomatoes for the kids xx

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  47. Spam fritters with fried eggs and beans

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  48. Omelettes

    Fiona S

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  49. Span fritters as part of a full English

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  50. Fried spam withwarm tomatoes in a sandwich

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  51. spam fritters with a fried egg on top

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  52. Spam, eggs, bacon and french toast

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  54. I love spam sandwiches with piccalilli, or spam fritters :-)

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  55. I actually really like it chopped up with champ and formed into little cakes, then griddled.

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  56. The old classic - SPAM fritter - is hard to beat!

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  57. I love it griddled with a fried egg and chips

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  58. fried spam, egg and chips!!!!

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  59. Spam in batter called fried mice :)

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  60. sandwiches or fritters with chips

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  61. sandwiches! mum always made me them when i was wee!

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  62. We like Fried Spam and Eggs instead of Bacon and Eggs

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  63. Kerry-Ann Pope1 May 2015 at 09:18

    It has to be sandwiches

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  64. Haven't had it in years. I think being of a certain age it takes me back to my school days and being made to eat it.

    I think if I was to try it now I would substitute ham for it and do it in a house special type fried rice

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  65. it has to be on yummy sandwiches

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  66. i love it grilled with a few thinner slices so they go crispy mmm

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  67. Stewart Osborn7 May 2015 at 18:36

    Sandwiches x

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  68. spam on toast with brown sauce lol

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  69. with eggs and bacon on a morning is fantastic

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  70. I have never eaten Spam before so this would be a new adventure for me :)

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  71. Spam, egg and chips all the way!

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  72. I love fried spam, chips and egg too! It's lovely, I don't know why more people don't like it!

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  73. We love spam! It really can go with anything! depending on the weather we normally have it with a salad or in a colder wintery day we have it with cheesy tatties and beans. My kiddies love spam. :)

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  74. Spam fritters - school dinners favourite that has stayed with me

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  75. fried with melted cheese on - leanne w

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  76. Span fritters with a salad on the side

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  77. WITH MASHED POTATO EITHER COLD OR HEATED UP

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  78. Fried with eggs and chips. It's yummy x

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  79. Just Spam sandwiches but feel I need to get more adventurous :)

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  80. Finely chopped with mozzarella in an omelette.

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  81. Claire Bingham20 May 2015 at 21:30

    Spam fritters with chips and ketchup

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  82. Grilled with scrambled eggs, tomatoes and toast

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  83. I always use it instead of corned beef when i make a spam hash

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  84. Spam risotto

    Celia West

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  85. Fritters

    @jaizduck

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  86. i like to make sandwiches with it, we grill it then put in a bun with sauce

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  87. I like Spam with fried egg and chips!! yummy

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  88. Spam stirfry with noodles and peas

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  89. Fried with egg on toast, Heavenly

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  90. Spam Fritters with a fried egg

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  91. Spam fritters with fried tomatoes, eggs, bread and mushrooms!

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  92. Sandwiches with loads of salad mmm :)

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  93. Spam fritters, chips and beans

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  94. Great with brown sauce in a sandwich!

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  95. We love home made spam fritters!

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  96. I have never ever tried spam in all my 39 years. I know, I just haven't lived!

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  97. I don't believe that I've ever tried it!

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  98. I love spam! Spam chicken and chorizo paella and good old spam fritters! (not together!)

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  99. I always make herb spam burgers

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  100. I like the idea of an omlette

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  101. I love making spam fritters for the kids :)

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  102. Spam, Homemade Chips, Egg and Beans with Ketchup and Bread and Butter :)

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  103. Spam fritters are my dad all time favorite

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  104. Sorry also I know that he takes it fishing with him apparently carp love it!

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  105. Can't go wrong with SPAM fritters - an absolute classic!

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  106. Spam with Bacon, eggs, sausages and tomatoes make for a perfect Breakfast at the weekend

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  107. Mixed with mashed potato and fried

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  108. I've only really ever had it in salad & sandwiches but I'd love to try some new recipes with it in :) xx

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  109. Spam frittera are delicious a firm family favourite :)

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  110. I love it toasted has we had it when i was a child under the grill very filling...Barbara M

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  111. Thickly sliced and fried with egg and chips

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  112. Spam fritters

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  113. Spam, mash with salad cream and spaghetti hoops, a match made in heaven

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  114. Spencer Wright22 May 2015 at 18:50

    Spam frittata with onions & cheese. I usually eat it in a white bap with ketchup :)

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  115. I use it instead of beef in a mince hash!

    @smeethsaysfashn on twitter

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  116. fried then put on a butty with brown sauce

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  117. i just adore spam fritters with mashed potatoes and baked beans

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  118. Has to be Spam fritters, AWESOME

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  119. Spam fritters are a firm favourite in our house.

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  120. Spam fritters are just the best!

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