As I’ve talked about beforehand on Eat Your Meals!, I see it as a parental obligation to show my youngsters to stuff that I do know they may not like (Tuna melts!). The very last thing I would like is to coddle them into pondering that each dinner is customized made to their liking.
And generally, Dad is within the temper for one thing left-of-center and scrumptious. And on these nights they are going to simply must suck it up and take a look at SPAM tacos!
Whereas some folks may need an preliminary aversion to this pink canned meat, if cooked and paired appropriately, it may be actually good. So, let’s do these issues and eat nice tacos whereas we feed our youngsters one thing totally totally different as they boycott the household dinner.
What’s SPAM, precisely?
SPAM is a precooked, canned pork that’s fairly much like ham, really. Should you look on the SPAM can, it solely has six substances: cooked pork, salt, water, potato starch (to maintain it moist), sugar, and sodium nitrite (a standard preservative).
SPAM gained reputation throughout World Struggle II and has continued to be widespread in lots of international locations. It has misplaced a few of its reputation within the U.S., however just lately it’s having a comeback. In Hawaii, particularly, you’ll find some scrumptious SPAM dishes, together with many variations of SPAM sushi!
SPAM is ideal for tacos
I’m unsure that the creators of SPAM even knew about tacos, however they made one thing that may be very scrumptious in taco type.
SPAM is wealthy and nearly creamy. It may be overpowering in massive portions, however cooking it in small strips and pairing it with acidic, candy, and spicy flavors balances out its richness.
To chop that richness in these tacos, I paired the SPAM with pineapple, purple peppers, and crunchy inexperienced cabbage. All of these issues are featured in these tacos for a cause!
Additionally, spicy meals go effectively with crispy SPAM, which is the place the Dad Add is available in beneath.
Do it’s good to cook dinner SPAM?
SPAM is precooked and you’ll eat it proper out of the can with a spoon. However, like… don’t. Please don’t.
SPAM tastes significantly better when it’s cooked, and is very good when it’s skinny, crispy, and served with different stuff. Like—you already know—in a taco.
The way to Assemble SPAM tacos
These are tremendous easy tacos to make. The secret’s to cook dinner your SPAM first so it has time to get crispy.
Take away the meat from the can and slice it into matchsticks about 1/Four-inch in thickness. Add these to a skillet with some olive oil and cook dinner them over medium-high warmth till they get crispy, which takes about 10 minutes.
Then take away the SPAM strips and add the pineapple and purple pepper. You need the fruit and greens to tackle some coloration, however don’t cook dinner them down into oblivion. Some crunch is nice.
Lastly, toss the SPAM strips again into the pan, and blend all the pieces collectively. Assemble your tacos with flour tortillas, bitter cream, crunchy cabbage, queso fresco, and cilantro. YUM.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS
You probably have leftover filling otherwise you wish to make this upfront, you undoubtedly can. Retailer it within the fridge in an hermetic container.
I wouldn’t advocate microwaving the filling for reheating although. It could possibly critically explode. As an alternative, reheat the filling in a skillet over medium warmth to maintain the SPAM crispy.
The DAD ADD: Habañero Guacamole!
That is dynamite guacamole. Habañeros are spicy but additionally have good fruity flavors which go effectively with the SPAM. That is undoubtedly not a household pleasant guac although. It’s fairly spicy!
Watch out when dealing with habañero peppers. I like to recommend utilizing gloves or, at a minimal, you’ll want to wash your arms and reducing surfaces after you end working with them, and earlier than shifting on to the subsequent process.
My favourite model of those tacos entails a really gentle smear of bitter cream and a heavy dollop of this guacamole, adopted by the cabbage, SPAM filling, and toppings. YUM.
THE REPORT CARD
Nicely, this went as anticipated. My youngsters have zero expertise with SPAM. They didn’t know that it might probably generally have a foul rap. However they nonetheless didn’t contact it.
Within the above photograph, I attempted to seize my Four-year-old who saved chanting, “I would like the black meat! I would like the black meat!” It took me a really very long time to determine he was speaking about floor beef, my regular taco meat.
I’m not certain I might describe it as “black meat,” however that’s what it’s known as now in our household! (Subsequent up on Eat Your Meals: BLACK MEAT TACOS!)
No, however critically, my youngsters had rooster noodle soup for dinner that night time.
And sure. They’re sporting pajamas as a result of it was PJ day at college. I used to be not making an attempt to feed them SPAM tacos at 7 within the morning.
That mentioned, I stick by my aim of serving my youngsters issues which might be exterior of their consolation zone. And these tacos are tremendous scrumptious, so they’ll must endure via them many times. And possibly someday they are going to strive them and hop on board the SPAM practice with me!