Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spam Bites

Minnesota home of Spam, something to be proud of?  I'm not sure about that.
Some people love this stuff.
Fact did you know in Hawaii their McDonald's serve rice and spam with their meals!?
TRUE FACT!  I have a friend who lives in Hawaii I've see pictures!
They LOVE their Spam in Hawaii
But here in the states (or as a Hawaiian would call it, the main land)  its a scary meat product.
I have only used it in my pizza burgers, I dunno ask my Mom its her weird recipe.
But the hubbie & I LOVE the Spam bites we order at The Blue Door Pub.
So I Googled (Google I love you) how to make Spam Bites, so here you go!

What you need is:

1 Cup of Flour
5 Large eggs
1 Cup of buttermilk
1 1/2 Teaspoons salt
1 1/2 Teaspoons ground pepper

20 Saltine crackers
4 Cups Kettle styled potato chips

1 Can Spam, chipped
1/2 cup diced pickles
1 softened block of cream cheese
Vegetable oil for frying
Flour for your hands (sounds messy!)

How to make them:

Batter: Combine all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

Breading: Pulse the crackers and potato chips in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl.

Filling: Cut the canned meat into chunks and put it into a food processor with the pickle slices. Pulse until the mixture becomes chunky. Don't over mix.

Roll pieces of the cream cheese into 1 1/2-ounce balls with floured hands to avoid sticking. Fatten each ball with the palm of your hand. Portion out the meat mixture to match the amount of cheese balls. Put a portion of the meat into the middle of a cheese ball and fold the cheese over the meat to enclose. Once you have a ball formed, dip it in the batter and then roll it in the cracker mixture. Repeat with the remaining cheese balls and meat.

Heat about 1-inch of vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Gently fry the bites, in batches, until golden brown. Remove them from the oil to a serving platter and enjoy!

Thank you Food Network!!

Served with a Jalapeno Jelly

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