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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Minnesota (SPAM Cupcake)

We are learning some history about all 50 of states. Each week we will be studying a different state or two until we have completed the United States. For Geography I found some great coloring sheets like this one. You can also find unit studies on all 50 states like the one here. Then we will learn some interesting History about each state and fix a meal at the end of the week that highlights a food item for that state. Each week I will come back and post a recipe(s) we used for that state.
We have decided to start with the Midwestern states. This week we kicked it off with Minnesota. The capital of Minnesota is St. Paul. Did you know that Austin, Minnesota was the birth place of SPAM? That's one of the many things we learned this week. Here's a recipe we tried that may sound as weird to you as it did us....



SPAM Cupcake
Hormel Foods first produced SPAM luncheon meat in 1937 in Austin, Minnesota.

INGREDIENTS:
For cupcakes:
2 (12-ounce) cans of SPAM
3 eggs, slightly beaten
2/3 cup quick cooking oatmeal
3/4 cup milk
For glaze:
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon water
For topping:
4 cups prepared instant mashed potatoes
Fresh chives or parsley (optional)

PREPARATION:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare cupcakes: grate SPAM into a large bowl. Add eggs, oatmeal and milk; mix well. Lightly spray a regular size muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Fill each muffin tin two-thirds full with SPAM mixture. Prepare glaze: combine all glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Heat 20-30 seconds in microwave until sugar is melted. Lightly spoon glaze mixture over SPAM. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until mixture is set. Meanwhile, for topping: prepare 4 cups of instant mashed potatoes. Remove cupcakes from oven and top each serving with instant potatoes. Heat broiler and return muffin tin to oven. Broil 1-2 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned. If desired, garnish with fresh chives or parsley.
Makes 12 servings

We made this in a loaf pan instead of cupcakes. Here some pics of my son helping me prepare it:






The first pic at the top of this post is the finished product. We ate this with some long grain wild rice since wild rice is another food common in Minnesota. Don't forget to add some steamed green veggies on the side so you won't fill up on all that starch . There was a lot left over but we were stuffed. If you are from Minnesota please share a recipe with us to try. I'll be back next week with a new state and recipe. Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

Renee said...

that looks good... Thanks for sharing the recipe

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