I don't know if y'all know or not, but this time of year in Pennsylvania we start to get our real humid weather and dog days of summer. The temperature hasn't been too bad, but with the humidity it feels just awful and sticky! So the Mistress hates to cook in the house and get it even hotter. And lets face it, who the hell wants to eat a hot 4-course meal? I have always switched over to cold pasta salads, anti-pasta dishes, shell fish, garden salads, raw vegetables, and cheese plates. And I love me some cucumber sandwiches. But, tonight we are going to dine on Ham Spread, a favorite recipe of my dearly departed Grandmother. And that's right, it's made with Spam.
I know it's odd, but I have to tell you it tastes so good. And it's so good for you too. It's chalk full of hmmmm, ah, well, I don't know what it's full of and I don't care, but I'm here to tell you it makes for a lovely summer sandwich. The recipe calls for a can of Spam, one hard boiled egg, mayo, sweet relish, and salt and pepper. After you open the Spam, slide the meat out and you'll hear a suction as it slides out. Now take the hunk of meat (who doesn't like to handle a big piece of meat?) and slice it into cubes and chop in the Cuisinart. It will look like a paste when done.
Place in a mixing bowl and add the other ingredients. I like to use the relish; my Grandmother used Mt. Olive brand relish.
After everything looks nicely mixed, place it in the frig to chill for 15 minutes and then spread on bread with some lettuce and some cherry tomatoes and chips and you now have a lovely summer dinner.
You can also serve some pickled eggs and beets as a side, and Ham Spread sandwiches are also perfect for a summer ladies luncheon along with cucumber sandwiches. Now, I know Spam can look gross and it smells like dog food when you open the can, but you will get past it. (Just hold your nose, boys...you know what I'm talking about.) Ham Spread is delish. And the Boy-Toy will eat two of these sandwiches, and there is no one pickier than him when it comes to food! After making alot of these sandwiches why not save the cans and make a beautiful Spamchime for outside? It also makes a lovely hostess gift! Tootles!