SPAM mini open-faced sandwiches

Speedy loves SPAM. He really, truly does. With bread, with rice, as pizza topping, in pasta sauce… in whatever form. But nothing intrigued him more than SPAM musubi, that iconic Hawaiian creation that defies categorization. We’ve tried making SPAM musubi at home and they tasted great but, for some reason, they never looked right.

My most recent attempt was inspired by a maki mold that we found at one of those 88-pesos Japanese stores. I bought it for Sam, actually, who loves making maki but she slept through most of the weekend and no maki materialized.

So, I decided to make maki myself. Heart-shaped SPAM musubi sounded like a good idea. With chopped mango and greens for contrast in color, flavors and texture. The heart-shaped SPAM musubi with mango and arugula salad was a wonder of flavors and texture, but the darn thing didn’t really hold together. I’m really not very good at making maki. That’s why Sam is the resident maki maker here. After making a few pieces that went directly into Speedy’s waiting mouth, I decided to make open-faced sandwiches with the rest of the cooked SPAM. And the result was a SPAM feast. »

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