When I was growing up, Spam was a joke. Sure, some of us ate it at home, maybe on camping trips. But no one actually liked it. Spam was old-fashioned, and not in a fun, vintage way. It was a sign that your folks were worried about their paycheck. Or it was something Grandma served you when you visited her, because why keep fresh meat around when you eat like a bird?
In the 1990s, it was something you wore on your T-shirt, with a side of irony. We call unwanted emails spam, for crying out loud.
So when we were invited to the launch of the great Spamerican! Food Truck Tour, I did not exactly leap out of my chair. But then I heard celeb chef Sunny Anderson was going to be there, so that made me wonder if I should maybe give Spam a chance.
At the Spam food truck, I tried musubi, which is a slab of Spam on rice wrapped in nori, which is a big deal in Hawaii. And I tried a Spam banh mi sandwich, which makes sense, because banh mi is traditionally made with some kind of Vietnamese pork roll. Am I going to eat Spam every day? Heck, no. But maybe next time I won't be in such a hurry to turn up my nose at it. It has its culinary place — and it's been a literal lifesaver for many people over the years.
And then there were Anderson's Operation Spam Gravy with Biscuits, which she created in partnership with Operation Gratitude, an organization that honors military veterans. (Did you know Anderson is a U.S. Air Force vet?) Her recipe is a super-flavorful improvement over the classic SOS soldiers eat at base canteens everywhere.
For the gravy
If the Spam food truck comes your way, you should check it out — help put together care packages, and write letters for our troops!
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