saw a piece of Spam (the canned meat) on the web
and it reminded me of how I have used Spam over
the years. When I would be camping out I liked
to make one pan meals. One of my favorites was
to soft fry potatoes (some people call them pan
fried) with Spam and onions diced into small
pieces and cooked with the potatoes. Then when
the potatoes were done I would pour in half a
dozen eggs and stir everything until the eggs
are done. As I sit here at my computer thinking
about that I can smell the onions cooking now.
also use to dice a can of Spam and cook it in a
big pan of scrambled eggs when I didn’t have
bacon or sausage.
Another way I used Spam was to shred it up and
mix it with onions, pickles, Mayo and boiled
eggs for a sandwich spread.
Sometimes I would slice it approximately 1/4
inch thick, sometimes a little thicker, dip it
in milk, roll it in a mixture of flour and corn
meal and fry it. I usually served this wonder
main-dish meat with pinto beans, mashed potatoes
and sliced tomatoes and green onions.
I remember one time I was hunting in the Davie
Crockett National Forest on the Naches river. I
had driven back into the river bottoms on some
long unused log roads. It was tough going and
there was no running out to a grocery store. I
was living off the land and eating what I could
kill. Squirrels, rabbits, black birds, and even
an armadillo. I always had a can or two of Spam
in the camper for emergencies but I hadn’t used
was camped on the bank of the river and I though
it would be nice to have some fish for a change
in diet. I had a throw line with four hooks on
it so I got it out and had to decide what to use
for bait. That evening I had open one can of
Spam for supper and I had some of it left over.
So I cut it into small pieces and used it for
bait on my throw line.
next morning when I checked my line I had four
catfish, one on every hook. I ate fish for
supper that night. I made me a mental note to
start carrying Spam with me in the camper all
the time. You never know what it will be good
for until you try it. On that trip is when …
but no, that's a whole nother story for a
also use to make what I called Moore’s
slumgullun. I would start with a can of Spanish
rice, a can of rotel tomatoes with peppers, a
can of kidney beans, and add a can of diced
Spam. I would season this with salt and chili
power and lemon pepper. Then I would serve this
over fritos. Only people that had cast iron
stomachs and liked spicy foods could handle
time when three of my friends and I were fishing
on Sam Rayburn lake we had taken a cabin and I
had taken the makings for Moore’s slumgullun. I
was fishing in the boat with George and Bob and
David were fishing together. On the second
evening there, George and I were late coming off
the lake. Bob and David had come in early and
Bob decided he would cook Moore’s slumgullun for
supper that night. He opened all the cans and
poured them in a big pot that was in the cabin.
put the pot on the stove and let it simmer.
When it got hot it was so thin it was like
soup. He had not poured off the liquid from the
rice, beans, and tomatoes. So he thought he
would turn up the fire and boil off the liquid.
Well he boiled it hard for about 15 minutes. It
never did thicken up so we could eat it. But
when he went to pour it out of the pot there was
a one inch thick crust of gunk on the inside of
the pot. We never did get that pot clean and
Bob took it in his boat the next day and deep
sixed it in the lake. He never told the people
that owned the camp about their pot.
Enough already, I’m making myself hungry. I
know you have eaten Spam. Let me know what you
did with it.