I saw this recipe on how to make your own spam about a month ago and like Oggi, I swore I would try this at home. My kids like Spam, especially my stepson who grew up in Manila – he would be happy to have his packed sandwiches with Spam every single day to school! Of course I didn’t give in. I’ve got to be more creative.
I finally had the chance to try it early this month though my version differs to some extent. Apart from the fact that I don’t have a grinder nor use a food processor, I am fine with chopping my selected fat-free boneless ham nugget by hand. I also added a bit of breadcrumbs and decided on steaming the meat mixture instead of using the oven – just like the way I do embutido.
Last weekend I made meatloaf again since the boys are back to school after a 2-week long winter break. This time – ala-Spam with bacon. Well… it didn’t disappoint. I believe boys can never say no to meatloaf and bacon – a lethal combination. The bacon bits enhanced the flavor even more. On my first try, I used minced fatty pork with fat-free ham, this time I combined fatty bacon with lean pork mince. I also added an egg to the mixture.
- 500g minced pork
- A handful of bacon (approx. 375g), finely diced/chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- A dash of freshly grated pink Himalayan salt (or standard salt)
- 1 tsp sugar
- Approx. 2 tbsp bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- Mix all of the above ingredients in a steam tray. Flatten meat mixture with a spatula then cover with aluminum foil. Steam for an hour.
- When cooked, flip it over on your steamer to drain liquid into the stock below. Then transfer back to tray. Leave for a while to cool down then refrigerate for at least a day before serving. Reserve stock for soup or another dish.
I don’t mind doing this again for the boys’ sandwiches. (No buying of Spam cans weeehhh!) It’s not tedious to do – all you need is a free weekend and chuck all ingredients in a bowl to combine. No oven, meat grinder or food processor to clean. Chopping bacon or ham won’t take long. And if you want to serve the meatloaf as a meal, add vegetables to the stock made with all the mixture drippings and that’s good to serve as side soup.
The boys prefer the slices fried. In my lightly toasted buns: with baby rockets, cheese, tomatoes, mayo and ketchup. YUM.
Below was my first try. Minced fatty pork with fat-free ham. No egg in this mixture.