Hawaiian-Style Spam Kabobs by Larry Andersen
Click to enlarge - Eat right off the skewer by the campground fire or plate for a more formal presentation.

Hawaiian-Style

Spam Kabobs

Early Polynesians subsisted on the fruits and vegetables of the land and the fish from the sea. Early missionaries brought pigs as a source of meat. The Polynesians took an instant and long-lasting liking to pork. American troops introduced the natives to Spam during the Second World War. It too became popular, a popularity that continues to this day. In Hawaii Spam can be found on the breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack menus and provides the inspiration for the "Hawaiian-style" in this Spam kabob. Canned and with a long shelf life, Spam is always handy for a quick meal.

Preparation: 30 minutes Life Experience Recipe
Makes 4 kabobs
Ingredients:
  • 8 wooden sewers, soaked
  • 1 slice Spam
  • 8 pineapple chunks
  • 8 1-inch squares green Bell pepper
  • 1 very ripe plantain OR 1 large banana, slightly green
  • 8 pearl onions
  • Teriyaki sauce for basting
Procedure
  1. Soak wooden skewers to minimize charring. Cut meat, fruit and vegetable pieces about the same size so that the kabobs lay flat on the grill. If using plantains, make sure they are very ripe. If using bananas, make sure they are slightly green or they will break when turning on the grill.
  2. The selected food items for the kabob are suggestions, chosen because they travel well to the campground in the peel or in the can. One exception are fresh pearl onions. Sometime hard to find, frozen pearl onions can usually be found in the frozen food section. The choice is yours.

    Click to enlarge - Preparing meat, fruit and vegetables for the kabob. Click to enlarge - Assembled kabobs. Choose your own order - shown is banana, pineapple, Spam, pearl onion, green Bell pepper, banana, pineapple, Spam, pearl onion, and green Bell pepper.

  3. Skewer the food items in alternating order to mix colors and textures. Choose your own order - shown is banana, pineapple, Spam, pearl onion, green Bell pepper, banana, pineapple, Spam, pearl onion, and green Bell pepper.
  4. Grill on preheated grill over moderate heat.

    Click to enlarge - Grill on preheated grill over moderate heat. Click to enlarge - When browned, about 2 minutes, turn. Use pliers to grasp the skewers. Grill top, bottom and both sides.

  5. When browned, about 2 minutes, turn. Use pliers to grasp the skewers. Grill top, bottom and both sides.
  6. As each grilled side is turned up, liberally baste with your choice of Teriyaki sauce.

    Click to enlarge - As each grilled side comes up, liberally baste with your choice of Teriyaki sauce. Click to enlarge - Completed Spamkabobs.

  7. Plate for a sit down dinner, pick up and eat from the skewer while sitting around the campfire, or lay skewer in a large flour tortilla, fold and grasp the food items while you pull out the skewer to make a Spamkabob burrito.

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Latest revision done August 2009