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....
Hormel Foods first produced SPAM luncheon meat in 1937 in Austin, Minnesota.
2 (12-ounce) cans of SPAM
3 eggs, slightly beaten
2/3 cup quick cooking oatmeal
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon water
4 cups prepared instant mashed potatoes
Fresh chives or parsley (optional)
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: