For my first recipe post in January I thought that it would be fun to post a recipe for the first thing I ever made. I was 10 years old and we were living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My Church had a weekly after school children’s program called ‘Primary’. We sang and had lessons about Jesus and sometimes we had fun activities. The girls and boys ages 10-12 had separate classes. The boys would participate in Cub Scout type activities like using a pocket knife and setting things on fire and the girls would do more homemakey kinds of things like cross-stitching and cooking and greeting each day with a song and a smile. Life was pretty well defined into his and her activities back then. Just for the record…I would have rather been a Cub Scout.
My first adventure in cooking began in the kitchen at that Milwaukee church. I learned how to make something quaintly called ‘Party Delight’. It was made out of Spam, chopped up boiled eggs, chopped onions, sweet pickles, mayo, and cheese and was eaten on a hamburger bun. My brother and sisters loved the dish and frankly, so did I. But as the years passed, I mostly forgot about Party Delight. Then one day not long ago my sister asked me about it. She was really surprised to find out that I had only made it once or twice in my whole married life. As it turns out, she still makes it and it is one of her favorite comfort foods! So, she gave me back the recipe that I had so long ago forgotten. You see, that’s the beauty of sharing recipes…what goes around comes around.
I have made a couple of simple changes to it, like using light mayo and changing from regular Spam to a smokey Spam. That smokey Spam is pretty darn good. I also sauteed the Spam with the onions which really enriched the flavor of this very easy dish and used ciabatta rolls instead of hamburger buns.
I can imagine that this will probably be a huge hit in Hawaii where Spam is king. Maybe it already is a huge hit in Hawaii and I just don’t know it. So wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt, put on some luau music, and make these Spam sandwiches. It could be a fun meal for your family!
Hickory Smoked Spam on Toasted Ciabatta (aka “Party Delight”)
Recipe adapted by Terri @ that’s some good cookin’; recipe originated in 1960s from the LDS Church
- 1 (12 ounce) can Hickory Smoked Spam
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 boiled eggs, chopped small
- 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish or 2 tablespoons sweet pickles, small diced (I prefer the relish)
- 3-4 tablespoons mayonnaise (I used light mayonnaise)
- 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1 cup grated cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
- hamburger buns (I used ciabatta rolls)
- Cut Spam into small cubes.
- Saute Spam and onion in deep sided frying pan with olive oil until onion is translucent.
- Add chopped boiled eggs, sweet pickle relish, mayonnaise, and mustard. Stir and warm through.
- Open buns and toast under broiler.
- Put some Spam mixture on the bottom portion of each bun and sprinkle with grated cheese. Return to broiler and broil until the cheese is melted.
- Place top portion of bun on sandwich and serve sandwich with a side of fruit salad such as Citrus Salad with Orange and Pineapple Viniagrette.