Spam can open up a whole can of, well…opportunities! The Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix found that out when their Spam Cubano Sandwich became an award-winner and one of the most popular items on their lunch menu! So when I stumbled upon this recipe for a Spam Burger topped with a tasty sweet and sour slaw, I was ready to put the “Spam, Glorious Spam!” slogan to the test. I’ve also discovered along the way that there are, for the most part, two groups of people. Those who love Spam and those who’ve never tried it. (Maybe there’s a third group–people who like it but won’t admit it?) Well, this recipe is for all three! It’s taking Spam slices that you’ll dredge in flour, dip in egg and roll in panko and then lightly fry in a skillet. I think the real star of the show, however, is the warm slaw. It’s got a great blend of sweet, spicy and salty, and it’s really the perfect complement to the grilled Spam. Ok, let’s get serious with this recipe. Grill up some hamburger buns, brioche or pretzel bread, give it a good slather of sweet and spicy mustard and then top the Spam with the warm slaw. I’m just going to say….be prepared to be super surprised by this Spamtactular Sandwich!
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- 1 can Spam (Cut into 6 slices lengthwise)
- 8 ounces bacon
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups thinly sliced white (green) cabbage
- 2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- sweet and spicy mustard
- lettuce leaves
- 6 hamburger or brioche bun
- 2-3 tablespoons butter
- Cook bacon until crisp and rough chop. Sauté onion in skillet 2 tablespoons of bacon grease. Cook over medium-low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle onion with 1 tablespoon of flour. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Add vinegar and sugar; stirring until sugar dissolves. Season as desired with salt and pepper. Add cabbages and stir until it slightly wilts, about 1 minute. Add reserved bacon. Remove from heat and set aside. Slice Spam into 6 lengthwise pieces. Place flour, eggs and panko crumbs into three separate bowls. Dip each Spam slice into flour, then egg and then into the panko crumbs. Over medium high heat, sauté the Spam slices in 1/4 cup of vegetable oil until golden brown on both sides. Remove spam, slice bread in half and toast the bread in the hot skillet with a little butter. Spread mustard on both pieces of bread. Add lettuce leaf, spam slice and spoon warm cabbage slaw over top. Cover with second piece of bread. Serve immediately.