Monday, February 22, 2016

Sloppy Spam Sandwiches // Fargo

I'm one of those weirdos who likes Spam. I don't have it that often, maybe twice a year, but it doesn't gross me out like most people. What I didn't know until recently was that there are over 20 different kinds of Spam (including a spread) and that they have dozens of recipes on their site.

Another fun thing I learned is that Spam sold North America, South America, and Australia is produced in Austin, Minnesota and that there is a restaurant located there with a menu devoted to just Spam. This is where Fargo, the TV series comes in. Though yes, Fargo is located in North Dakota, a lot of the movie and TV show also take place in and around Minnesota. I have been a huge fan of the film for years (even after a having a nightmare with Steve Buscemi's character) yet didn't watch the TV show until recently. I also went backwards and started with the second season because I kept hearing how Kirsten Dunst was robbed of a Golden Globe award.

So I did what any normal person would do and decided to make something with Spam while catching up on the series. I found a recipe for Spamburger Sloppy Joes but it seemed more like a take on BBQ pulled pork than sloppy joes so I decided to make my own. I took inspiration from Kiki's character, Peggy Blumquist, and served them with some tater tots.

I also learned from a friend from Minnesota that Mountain Dew is huge there. I used to have Homer's line of thinking when it came to Mountain Dew, but after having some at said friend's apartment, I am now guilty of not only liking Spam, but Mountain Dew as well. My dad would be so disappointed in me.

Spam Sloppy Joes
2 Tablespoons of butter (omit if using non stick pan)
1 - 12 oz can of Spam
1/3 cup of Sloppy Joe mix
6 hamburger buns (I used delicious Brioche buns because they were on sale, but whatever floats your boat)
toppings such as cheese, tomato, onion, whatever your heart desires

Shred the Spam with a grater, set aside in a bowl
Melt the butter in a sauce pan. If you have a non stick pan, you can skip this step.
Add shredded Spam to the sauce pan and sauté until hot, about 10 minutes
Add 1.5 cups of Sloppy Joe mix and stir until the temperature is brought back up
Scoop desired amount onto buns (toasted if your feeling up to it) and add desired topics

shredded Spam

with the Sloppy Joe mix

served with a Mountain Dew, tater tots and pickles

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