Reading The Spam Fans blog made me remember a recipe my mother used to make when I was a kid. I loved this stuff. Good hearty food for a cold winter night. Yeah, not so cold right now, but I had a craving so I asked mom to send me the recipe.
One of the good things about this recipe is you can add, substitute and play a bit and I think it will pretty much always taste good. And it has Spam. What more could one ask for? Plus, since, it's um...mostly canned food, it comes together pretty quick.
Mom said she found this recipe on the label of a Campbell's Mushroom Soup can almost 50 years ago.
ROZ'S SPAM CASSEROLE
(also known as Spam Stovetop Casserole)
1 12oz can of Spam, cubed (original flavor)
2 cans of Cream of Potato Soup
1 large onion diced
Diced or crushed garlic to taste.
3/4 to 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 pint Milk
Saute onions and garlic until softened. Add Spam and lightly brown. Add cream of potato soup and milk. Mix well. Add frozen mixed vegetables and bring almost to boil stirring constantly. Reduce heat to simmer. Stir and simmer until blended(and vegetables are cooked).
Substitutions: Per Mom, she has used 1 to 2 cans of baby potatoes (cubed) if she didn't have potato soup. You can also substitute Cream of Mushroom Soup. Mom says she prefers the Potato soup. I'm thinking even Cream of Celery or Cream of Cheese would work here :) You could also use the different types of Spam for a different flavored dish.
Notes: You can make this with just half a can of Spam and 1 can of soup.
Notes: I used frozen petite peas instead of mixed vegetables. I used a cup and a half which was to much and Mom said it had to much pea flavor so I listed the veggie count as 3/4 cup. You can add more or less of the frozen vegetables to your taste.
Note: Mom also said there wasn't enough garlic. I put in probably two or three teaspoons of the jarred crushed stuff. You might want to add more.
Note: As for the milk, mom used milk "to desired consistency". With 1 pint it made the dish pretty thick so you might want to add more for a soupier version, but how much you use is up to you.
Didn't quite get it to taste like "moms version" on my first try. She is going to make it sometime soon and let me taste it. As for Mr. L? I gave him a taste and his response was "I could eat this"...ah...welcome to the Spam side....