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Friday 11 September 2015

Spicy SPAM Paella

When you're suffering from a bout of the holiday blues, there's only one thing for it, and that's to recreate a holiday dish, which is guaranteed to brighten spirits and banish the blues, even for just a short time.

We've not long returned from Spain, and with one of the national dishes of Spain being Paella (albeit of the seafood variety) I decided to make a version with SPAM - yes SPAM. It's hammier than ham, don't you know!

I was surprised to see that SPAM is primarily made from high quality pork shoulder meat and ham, which makes up a minimum of 90% of the content, which is actually more than many everyday pork sausages, some of which contain less than 50% pork. After making this paella I'm a complete SPAM convert, along with the rest of the family, who all loved it - and the little girl who lives next door wanted me to give the recipe to her mum as she said it looked really nice.

If you haven't made a paella before then it really is such a simple dish to cook, and unlike risotto, you add all the liquid in one go and cook without stirring.

Spicy SPAM Paella

Spicy SPAM Paella
- serves 4-5

1 tbsp olive oil
340g can of SPAM chopped pork & ham
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, deseeded & sliced
1 small red chilli, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
500g paella rice
1 litre chicken stock
pinch of saffron strands socked in a little boiling water
handful of frozen peas
lemon wedges to serve
  • Heat the oil in a paella pan or large non stick frying pan
  • Slice the SPAM into approx 1cm slices
  • Fry the SPAM on both sides until it's browned & crispy
  • Remove the SPAM from the pan and set aside
  • Add the garlic, onion, pepper & chilli to the pan & fry for 3-4 minutes, until the onion has started to soften
  • Add the rice to the pan along with stock and saffron
  • Bring to the boil and give everything a good stir
  • Cover with a lid or sheet of foil and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Cut the SPAM into cubes
  • Add the SPAM to the paella pan, along with the peas
  • Replace the lid/foil and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes
  • Leave to sit for an additional 10 minutes before serving
serve with lemon wedges

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This recipe has been commissioned by SPAM

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