When my husband and I were dating his grandparents came and visited from Hawaii and made the most delicious chowder I have ever had. It had Spam in it.
Spam was first introduced during WWII by American soldiers to Hawaiian natives, who quickly adopted it as an important part of their diet. In the Hawaiian islands where the weather quickly changes, and especially during wartime, the ability to have portable meat products that can be used in case of emergency was especially desirable. With Asian influence on Hawaiian cuisine, SPAM is popular in Hawaii also because it goes well with numerous Asian foods. A quick stir-fry of SPAM and veggies, or SPAM sushi is relatively standard. It’s not that much different than the salted pork used in many Asian foods, since it is in fact pork shoulder and ham combined. Therefore it works as a good substitute for fresher and non-canned alternatives. How about that!
Anywho, I make this dish atleast once a year and thought I would share the recipe here.
- 1 can spam
- 1 onion
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cans potato soup
- 2 cans cream corn
- 1 stick butter
- 1 box precooked bacon
Dice onion and place in frying pan with 1 stick of butter. Cook until onions are clear. Cube spam and place with onions in frying pan and cook until outsides start browning. Combine potato soup, cream corn and milk in large pot. Cook until heat starts rising and add onion and spam mixture. Chop cooked bacon into peices and add to chowder. Cook for 30 minutes stiring occasionally and viola!
Hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!