A 1960’s Breakfast SPAM® & EGGS – SPAM® is celebrating 80 years in the UK, and so what better way to highlight this handy store cupboard ingredient, than to share a 1960’s breakfast for SPAM® Appreciation Week.
SPAM® APPRECIATION WEEK 2021 #SPAM80UK
8-14 March 2021
DON’T KNOCK IT TIL’ YOU’VE FRIED IT it says on the official SPAM® UK website, and I totally agree! Regular readers will know that we all enjoy SPAM® now and then, and it is a fabulous store-cupboard ingredient to have on hand. This week marks EIGHTY YEARS since SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham first hot our shores, and it was an invaluable ingredient throughout the Wartime years too.
To celebrate #SPAM80UK I was asked to create a recipe using SPAM® or to recreate a recipe from their recipe archives. I decided to replicate a typical 1960’s breakfast of SPAM® & EGGS, served simply (as would be standard for the era) with fried tomatoes, brown toast and a cup of tea.
SO what is SPAM®? It’s an age-old question, exactly what is the meat in that special can of SPAM® Classic? Many myths abound, but the answer is actually quite simple. Firstly, SPAM®IS 91% lean cuts of meat, basically pork and ham. There are just 6 ingredients in a tin of SPAM®, which you can read more about here: What is in SPAM®
Whatever you may hear, no ‘scrapings’ or ‘useless bits’ of pork or ham have ever found their way into SPAM® products. High quality pork shoulder meat and ham (actually hand cut off the bone) are ground together with water, a little sugar, salt and spice to be cooked in the can to seal in the goodness. Very small amounts of stabilisers and preservatives are added.
I think we have all become a bit “sniffy” about tinned meat, and it’s such a shame, as it’s such a handy ingredient which is often healthier than most ready meals. Of course, it’s everything in moderation, but processed meats such as SPAM® can make a tasty meal for the family once or twice a week. And, today’s serving idea for a 1960’s SPAM® Breakfast with SPAM® and Eggs would make a great family breakfast for the weekend.
For those worried about their salt and fat intake, SPAM® has SPAM® Lite Chopped Pork and Ham, which has the same delicious taste but contains 25% less salt and fat than original SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham. I usually buy this version now, and enjoy it in a variety of recipes, some that I have shared on Lavender & Lovage before.
SPAM® Recipes on Lavender & Lovage
SPAM® Through the Decades
SIZZLING IN THE UK FOR 80 YEARS AND 8 DECADES, HERE’S HOW THIS VERSATILE, ICONIC MEAT HAS EVOLVED ALONG WITH TASTES AND TRENDS….ALL these recipes and more can be found here: SPAM® RECIPES
Feeding the UK through WWII hardship and rationing, the fried SPAM® Fritter provided essential protein and great taste during these difficult times. Still a firm fave among Brits, the famous fritter has really stood the test of time!
Maximising leftovers with a bit more meatiness was a great way to max the weekly food budget and excite the family. Bubble & Squeak got some special SPAM® Brand magic:
SPAM® Bubble & Squeak
On a bleak cold and dark morning, a good old hearty breakfast certainly brightened up the day…and still does! Sizzled SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is the perfect match for fried eggs, toast and tomato:
SPAM® Breakfast Fry Up
Wasn’t the 70’s a fun time for food?
In true Abigail’s Party fashion, SPAM® & Pineapple cocktail sticks were a must-have at any party buffet, SPAM® Fritters continued to be a dinner table staple and a good old SPAM® & Cheese Toastie really hit the spot with a cup of PG Tips tea.
SPAM® Pigs in Blankets also put some sizzle into Christmas Dinner
The Next FIVE Decades…..
Pasta became a mainstream household food in the UK and SPAM® Chopped and Ham made the perfect meaty accompaniment to satisfying Italian style dishes:
Pizzas, Burgers and Kebabs ruled in this decade of fast-food. Diced and sizzled until slightly crispy, cubes of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham brightened up the dullest pizza topping, while sizzled slices and cubes made the perfect SPAMBURGER® HAMBURGER and SPAM® Kebabs.
As the appeal of Asian cuisine widened, the UK got a taste of stir fry and sushi heaven.
SPAMTASTIC™ Street Food as SPAM® Brand goes hipster, used in a whole lot of different ways by a whole new audience:
SPAM® Mac ‘n’ Cheese
With sales also sizzling in 2020, SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is as popular as ever and with just one can comfortably feeding a household of up to four people, the meal and snack possibilities are endless!
One recipe that’s proving very popular in 2020 is SPAM® Ramen Noodles:
Recipe for A 1960’s Breakfast SPAM® & EGGS
1 x 340g can of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham – cut into slices
1 x Large tomato – cut in half
1 x can of baked beans (Optional)
1 slice of toast
1 x tablespoon vegetable oil
Heat the oil on a medium high heat in a large frying pan and fry the sliced SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham. Flip regularly to ensure it is cooked through on both sides.
Add the tomato to the pan and fry. Then add the egg and fry on a medium heat.
Heat the baked beans in the microwave or in a sauce pan on the hob until warm.
Plate up and enjoy!
Win a SPAMTASTIC™ Sizzle Hamper!
To win the prize pictured above, comprising a sizzle plate, chopping board, spatula, apron, slicer, Piggy egg timer, worth more than £150.and including the special SPAM80UK t-shirt, please leave your favourite SPAM® memory below. It may be something your grandparents mentioned, a camping or BBQ memory, or a SPAM® recipe.
Competition starts at 00:01 on the 12th March and ends at Midnight on the 19th March. Entrants must be 18 years and over. UK entrants only. No prize alternatives are offered. Prize will sent out by SPAM® UK and not me.
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