While I finish resizing and digitally signing the photos for the custard cake recipe, let me make you drool (just a little?) with tonight’s dinner. Not my doing. My husband cooks on Sundays unless he manages to wiggle out of the task by taking us out. But neither he nor I was in the mood for going out so I was taking it easy while he prepared all the meals today. Lunch was beef and onion sandwiches, afternoon merienda was sardines and pan de sal, and dinner was…
… Bacon, asparagus and mushroom rolls. And Spam. There were strips of Spam inside the rolls. I have to tell you that Speedy is a Spam fiend — read this if you think I’m exaggerating — so I wasn’t really all that excited about dinner knowing that Spam figured prominently in it. But, over lunch, he described what he was going to do with the Spam and the bacon and the rest so the moment he announced that dinner was ready, there I was hurrying down the stairs with my camera.
They look marvelous, don’t they? They tasted great too. Crisp bacon, crunchy asparagus, soft mushrooms and juicy Spam. And I’m not just fishing for praises because I’m the proud wife of the guy who made them — a guy who swears his specialty is fried eggs and hotdogs.
The recipe for these rolls was inspired by something that Speedy saw on a local cooking show called “Secrets of the Chefs.” Sorry I can’t provide the amount of ingredients but I can give you the complete list.
- belly bacon
- baby asparagus
- enoki mushrooms
- cooking oil for frying (very minimal if you use a non-stick pan)
- Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for about 5 seconds. Drain. I suggest you put them in iced water after draining to refresh them.
- Cut the root ends of the enoki mushrooms and blanch them in boiling water as well.
- Cut the spam into strips about ½"x1/2"x3".
- Take a strip of Spam, a couple of asparagus and some enoki mushrooms and wrap them with a piece of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat until you run out of one of the ingredients. In Speedy’s case, he ran out of belly bacon before he could use up all the Spam, mushrooms and asparagus so we had an extra plate of Spam, asparagus and mushrooms on the side.
- Heat a little cooking oil in a frying pan and fry the rolls, in batches if necessary, until the bacon is crisp and nicely browned. Serve at once.