Jun 16, 2009

"Ham" Loaf Hawaiian

Let me be perfectly clear here. I'm not recommending that anyone make this recipe (though I'm not necessarily morally opposed to SPAM either, like some people). I'm posting this more as a cultural artifact from my life. When I was a kid, I had a Betty Crocker's Boys and Girls Cook Book that my parents gave to me. It helped pique my interest in cooking at an early age. This recipe was in the book, and it was one of the few main dishes I tried to make (only once, if I remember correctly). If you can believe it, I thought that creating something like this made me more of a gourmet cook.

1 12-oz. can SPAM
2 tsp. prepared yellow mustard
8 whole cloves
2 rings canned pineapple, drained
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cutting a little more than halfway through, cut the SPAM loaf into 8 sections. Make sure you don't cut all the way through the loaf. You just want sections that you can spread apart with your fingers.

Starting with the first cut, spread 1/2 tsp. of the mustard in every other cut.

Cut the pineapple rings in half to form four half-circles. Stick two whole cloves in the rounded edge of each pineapple ring half. Tuck the pineapple ring halves into the mustard-coated cuts, rounded sides up. Sprinkle brown sugar over loaf.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes until sugar is melted and SPAM is heated through.

To serve, slice through the loaf at every other cut so the pineapple is in the middle of each serving. Make sure you don't eat the cloves! Serves 4.