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SPAM Challenge, Part Deux

Can. Not. Believe. We did this. This is the second of three (3!) Spam posts. The last will serve as the Thursday Recipe Exchange tomorrow. I had checked in with JeffreyW earlier in the week, letting him know we’d been challenge. Then I got busy and was about to scrap the entire idea when he informed me he had already begun. Well, if he was going to jump in, I figured I’d jump in with him.

Never having eaten SPAM before, I really didn’t even know where to begin. I googled a couple of things but nothing sparked me. JeffreyW had already covered a lot of ground. I decided to keep it simple and came up with the pineapple-SPAM-Kabobs, pictured above and the SPAM Pasta Salad below.

For the Kabobs, I soaked wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before using. I cut the SPAM in large squares and alternated with peppers and pineapple. I grilled until lightly browned on all sides, then coated them lightly in barbecue sauce mixed with pineapple juice. Cooked an additional 3 minutes. Pretty easy.

For the Pasta Salad, I made small SPAM cubes, then I crushed fennel seeds and dried oregano together and mixed with bread crumbs. I dredged the cubed SPAM in the crumbs and fried in olive oil until golden. I cooked tri-colored pasta and tossed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, tomatoes and the SPAM. Again, pretty easy.

This was fun and I enjoyed getting creative in the kitchen again. Would I do it again? Probably not. No matter how you dress it up, it’s still SPAM. But YMMV.

That’s not all there is. Stay tuned for more tomorrow night! Two more excellent JeffreyW creations. Until then…

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Barbecue Chicken and Spinach

This is pretty simple:

This is the favorite around here.

I started with bone-in chicken thighs. Washed, dried, seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper.  Placed in a baking dish, skin-side up, covered with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.  Removed the foil and baked for an additional 15 minutes, brushed with favorite barbecue sauce every five minutes.  Then baked for an additional 5 minutes. This allows the chicken to cook without burning the barbecue sauce and the additional 5 minutes let it get a nice coating.

If you’re grilling, grill for 20 minutes,  turning the chicken several times before adding the barbecue sauce, allowing it to grill evenly. Turn skin-side up and add barbecue sauce. After you start brushing on the barbecue sauce you probably won’t want to turn it, keeps it from being too messy.

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