Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tiny Spam Taco Bubbles

Okay, everybody knows I love Spam. And everybody knows I love tacos. Some people know that I love Filipino food. And Hawaiian food. So the logical thing for me to do was to make Filipino/Hawaiian inspired Spam tacos. It had to be done. There, sitting right in front of me. A shiny, slightly dented can of "luncheon meat" and a stack of fresh corn tortillas. Instantly a creepy but satisfying rendition of Don Ho singing "Tiny Spam taco bubbles" trickled out of my brain. I could not turn my back on this opportunity. I started drooling uncontrollably and set forth on my taco adventure.

I've always had an affinity for 1940s era Polynesian fanciness. Sipping girly mai tais (paper umbrella in my glass) under a palm tree in a pretty tiki wrap dress. Sounds dreamy. The closest I've ever come to Hawaii was watching the Brady Bunch special where Bobby finds a cursed tiki amulet and shit goes bonkers. Oh, and the Charlie's Angel special involving lots of terry cloth jumpers and kidnappings and amazingly feathered hairdos. Oh yeah, and every episode of Magnum P.I. Is it me or did Tom Selleck's mustache seem to have a life of it's own? I swear it was looking at me. Anywho, yeah never been to the land of Hula Hula. Perhaps one day, but for now Spam tacos will have to do.

Spam Adobo Tacos with Sesame Lime Slaw and Sriracha Crema

(for the Sesame Lime Slaw)
1 head of green cabbage (or whatever sturdy greens you have), shredded
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 celery stick, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tsp chili garlic paste
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp sesame oil
fresh cracked black pepper tt
kosher salt tt

In a large bowl mix all of the slaw ingredients together and let it come together overnight.

(for the Sriracha crema)
1 Tbsp Sriracha hot sauce
1 tsp Maggi seasoning sauce1/2 cup sour cream

Mix together and you're done. Can be made the night before too.

(for the spam)

3 cloves garlic, minced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper

1 can of spam cut into 1/2" cubes
1 cup low sodium chicken stock

Mix together garlic, scallion, soy sauce, vinegar, and pepper. Add the Spam to the marinade. Marinate for 2 hours. In a large saute pan over medium high heat add some olive oil. Remove the Spam from the marinade (save the marinade) and pan fry until all sides are browned. Add the marinade and chicken stock to the pan and reduce until the sauce thickens.

(for the tacos)
corn tortillas
lime wedges

To heat up the tortillas either place on a hot dry pan for a few seconds each side or wrap in slightly damp paper towels and microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. Top each (or double them up) with a big spoonful of the saucy Spam, then top with the sesame lime slaw and a drizzle of Sriracha creama. 

Enjoy my lovelies. Make sure you a mai tai or zombie in one hand and a taco in the other. That is the only way to do it. xoxo