The News Tribune ran an Associated Press story Thursday about how sales of Spam and other lower-cost foods have increased as folks deal with tighter budgets. Alas, the price of Spam is also up – about 7 percent from this time last year. An average 12-ounce can costs $2.62.
I suspect this much-mocked lunchmeat has many more fans than one might suspect. It’s very popular, for instance, among Hawaiians and other Pacific islanders. In Hawaii, Spam is on McDonald’s breakfast menu. And at L&I Hawaiian Barbecue (a chain with locations in Lakewood and Federal Way), you can order spam musubi (think sushi that uses a slice of Spam instead of raw fish) and saimin (noodle soup) with grilled Spam.
I’ve had both and they’re very good. But my favorite way to prepare Spam was concocted on a trip up the Eastern seaboard many years ago with college pals. While camping beside a lake in Maine, we made kabobs by alternating chunks of Spam and pineapple, glazed with a mixture of pineapple juice and mustard. Then they were roasted over a campfire. I’ve had a soft spot for Spam ever since.
You can find lots of Spam recipes on the Internet. For a site that includes a recipe for Spam musubi, click here.