Food & Drink Magazine

Hawaiian Hots and Spam Appreciation Week!

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
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I love sandwiches.  I think next to potatoes, chocolate and lemons, sandwiches are one of my absolute favorite things to eat!!  Yep, low carb does not work for me.  Not at all.  Sandwiches can be as simple as you like or as complicated as you like.  It all depends on how you are feeling.   Some days I am in ecstacy over a simple jam sandwich and others I am wanting an Italian Grinder.  It's a mood thing I guess.
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I was recently sent some Spam ® in these new pop top plastic containers!  Way cool beans!  So easy to open and to use!  I love them!
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The old tin was always a bit fiddly to work with and I was always afraid I would cut myself on it.  This is a really nice improvement.  Did you know that SPAM have a competition running at the moment to win five weekend theater breaks plus £100 spending money plus 100 runner up prizes.  In order to enter you can simply upload a photo, video, drawing or even just a short sentence at   The contest closes on the 28th February, so you still have enough time to enter if you wish!
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Next week is Spam Appreciation week and in honor of that I have created a tasty sandwich for you all. It's a hot sandwich so is perfect for a simple supper.   Did you know that Spam is the number one favorite luncheon meat in Hawaii?   Hawaiian's just love the stuff.  I'm not surprised actually.   We are big fans of it in this house too.
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I decided to take on a Hawaiian theme with this sandwich because they are such fans and I thought it would be fun.    Hot dog buns stuffed with a delicious spam filling created by using chopped spam, cheese, onion, pineapple crush, hot peppers, mayonnaise and spicy barbeque sauce!   You just mix it all together and stuff the buns, which are then wrapped tightly in foil and baked until the filling is bubbling and oozingly tasty good!
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A man and kid pleaser, this is luau food, without the trouble of pit roasting a whole pig!  All joking aside, these are incredibly tasty! The Toddster tucked into two of them all by himself.  I love it when that happens!  I served these with some oven chips, but potato chips would be great with them, as would some potato salad.  I think you'll agree that these are quite simply delicious!
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*Hawaiian Hots*Serves 6  Printable Recipe
These hot sandwiches are simple to make and oh so tasty, with lovely flavours of pineapple, barbeque sauce, cheese and our favorite Spam®! 
1 tin of spam® luncheon meat, chopped1/2 pound of strong cheddar cheese, grated1  tin of pineapple crush, well drained  (you'll have almost 1/2 cup of pineapple)1 small red onion, peeled and mincedseveral pickled hot peppers, chopped finely(I used the discovery sweet yellow jalapeno peppers)2 TBS good quality mayonnaise2 TBS barbeque saucepepper to taste1 package of hot dog buns splitchopped onion and cress to garnish  
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Make sure your pineapple is really well drained.  You don't want it to be too wet or the filling will be too wet.  If you have to, put it in a clean tea towel, wrap it up tightly and squeeze it really well.  Mash together the spam, cheese, pineapple, onion, mayonnaise, barbeque sauce and pepper to taste.  Split the hot dog buns.  Divide the mixture evenly between the buns filling them well.  Wrap each tightly in foil. Place them onto a baking tray and then bang them into the heated oven.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, at which time the buns should be a bit crisp on the outsides and the filling will be oozingly tasty good.  Let stand for several minutes before serving.   The filling will be very hot so take care.  Serve garnished with more chopped onion and a sprinkling of cress.  
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Now that's tasty! 
Many thanks to Rachel and the people at SPAM® for sending me these tasty little tubs!

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