Poor SPAM®. The product has become part of many jokes and urban legends because of its “mystery meat.” But, I just happen to like SPAM®. It’s really a pork product squeezed into a can. Kinda like ham. SPAM® is very popular in Asian countries. SPAM® was even a staple in our family. Most people serve SPAM® with rice. My mother used to slice it up and fry it as a breakfast meat. She would dice it up and add it to eggs or rice and even served it as a sandwich meat. Some people might frown upon eating SPAM®. But for me, it reminds me of comfort food and growing up. With this recipe, I decided to go outside the norm of mixing SPAM® with rice. Instead, I’ve combined it with the good ole potato to give it a twist on the classic potato salad.
1 12-ounce can SPAM®, cut into cubes
1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
1/2 cup cooked carrot, diced
2 tablespoons dill pickle brine
1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon mustard
2 pounds potatoes (about 6 medium)
In large pot of boiling water, cook potatoes until tender. Drain. Cool slightly and peel. Cool to room temperature. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes. In large bowl, combine SPAM® and potatoes. Add carrot, peas, pickles and onion. Gently toss. In separate bowl, stir together mayonnaise, pickle brine and mustard. Gently stir into SPAM® mixture. Cover. Refrigerate several hours before serving.