Saturday, February 26, 2011

SPAMaroni & Cheese

It is very seldom that I make meals from scratch. It is arduous and inefficient for those who live by themselves. I am also lazy when it comes to cooking meals. So when I am short on cash or don't feel like eating out I make quick meals that take no longer than 30 minutes to prepare.

My living and eating habits preclude me from having a fully stocked refrigerator and pantry. I usually find myself having to be very creative in my food combinations. As you can see from the picture below I usually have limited options (this picture is probably rock bottom).

(My fridge)

One night I was sifting through my pantry when I found a can of SPAM. It seemed to be the only thing I could eat that night at which point I felt as though I had hit rock bottom. I hardly ate SPAM and when I did I had them with eggs which I didn't have at the time. I happened to look at the back of the can of SPAM and noticed that there was a recipe for SPAM with macaroni and cheese. Luckily I had a box of Velveeta so I decided to take a leap of faith and try this out.

(SPAMaroni & Cheese)

The recipe was simple, it calls for

1 can of SPAM
1 box of Velveeta
A couple dashes of Cayenne pepper
A couple dashes of Paprika

You can use the classic Macaroni & Cheese but I prefer to use Velveeta because it is creamier. I dice the SPAM into tiny little cubes and sear them on a skillet until the are golden brown. I then add them to the macaroni and cheese and let that simmer on a low heat for about 5 minutes. After that I add my spices for an enhanced flavor.

The saltiness of the SPAM along with the richness of the mac and cheese yield a satisfying food combination. The dish while deviously delicious can take it's toll on you in a matter of bites. There have been a number of instances where I crossed the tipping point and have been tossed in a state of food hell.

It is for this reason that I recommend this dish only as a side to your meal and something you enjoy only on a monthly basis. You should definitely give this dish a shot, I was a doubter but have since eaten my words.

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