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Crusty Spam Bake

If you can look past the awful name of this recipe, it actually sounds pretty good. If you like Spam, that is.


Crusty Spambake
Old recipe from 1965 Spam advertising

1/2 cup Kellogg's Corn Flake Crumbs
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/8  tsp. ground cloves
1 12-oz. can Spam
2 tbsp. prepared mustard
pineapple slices
melted butter

Combine the Corn Flake Crumbs, brown sugar and cloves.

Cut Spam crosswise into eight slices. Spread both sides of slices with mustard, then coat generously with a flavor crust of the Corn Flake Crumbs mixture. Place Spam and pineapple slices individually in a foil-lined shallow baking pan; do not crowd. Brush pineapple slices with butter.

Baker in moderate oven (350˚F) 20 minutes. Serve on heated platter, placing a Spam slice on each pineapple slices. Add parsley, if desired. Yields four servings of two slices each.


 Hawaii consumes 7 million cans of Spam a year. There are only 1.42 million people currently living on the islands. Let that sink in.

Recipe via Duke University Libraries

This sounds kinda good to me. (Don't judge.)

Here's a reminder that summer isn't over yet. The recipe is billed as a "Summer Night Sensation" and it's made with Spam.

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Spam 'n' Cheese Ribbon Loaf
Vintage recipe from 1950s Spam advertising.

Cut in 8 slices 1 whole can of Spam.

Mix together: 1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened with a little milk; 1 tsp. lemon juice; 1 tsp. grated onion; 1 tbsp. minced parsley; and 1/4 tsp. salt.

Spread between slices of Spam.

Chill 4 hours (or longer; overnight if desired). Slice and serve. Good with deviled eggs or potato salad.




1950s bathing beauties at Rockaway Beach in Queens. 


The first and second bathing suits from the left don't appear to be made of stretchable fabric. And all three would have had big metal zippers up the back.


Image via Forties, Fifties, Sixties

Retro Lipstick on a Pig: Spam Brittany

Retro spam recipe

Spam Brittany
recipe from a 1967 Spam advertisement

1 medium apple (sliced and cored)
1/2 cup Kraft Pure Orange Marmalade
1 can (12 oz.) Spam
24 whole cloves 

Preheat oven to 350˚. Cut the Spam into 7 or 8 even slices. Alternate the Spam slices with apple slices trimming the apple for even appearance. Secure with toothpicks or skewers and place in a pie plate or shallow baking dish. Stud each Spam slice with 3 cloves and spoon the marmalade on top. Bake 40 minutes at 350˚. Serves four.

Via Classic Film

Heavenly Ham Loaf with Pickle Stuffing (yeah, you read that right)


Heavenly Ham Loaf with Pickle Stuffing
1954 recipe

Meat layer:

2 12-oz. cans luncheon meat (code for Spam)
1 1/2 cups fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. powdered thyme
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 eggs
2 cups evaporated milk

Pickle Stuffing:

2 tsp. prepared mustard
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup fine fry bread crumbs
1 3/4 cups sweet pickle relish

In mixing bowl, shred luncheon meat into bits by running tines of fork over meat. (Or put through food chopper using medium blade). Add the 1 1/2 cups crumbs, seasonings and onion. Mix thoroughly. Beat eggs slightly with a fork, then add 2 cups evaporated milk. Add egg-milk mixture to meat mixture. Mix thoroughly. Pack half the meat mixture into well-greased loaf pan (10 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 3 inches). For the pickle layer, stir mustard into 1/2 cup evaporated milk. Add 1 cup crumbs and pickle relish and blend. Spread pickle stuffing evenly and firmly on meat layer. Pack remaining half of meat mixture over pickle layer. Bake in moderate oven (375˚F) 1 hour and 15 minutes. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Via Retro Adverto

Retro Recipe: Fiesta Peach Spam Bake

 Is it wrong that I think this looks good?

Spam bake


Fiesta Peach Spam Bake
1954 recipe

Drain 13-oz. can cling peach slices, reserving syrup.

Slice whole Spam almost, but not quite through, into 5 sections. Place in shallow baking dish.

Insert peaches between Spam slices. Arrange remaining peaches around Spam.

Pour over 1/4 cup peach syrup, blended with 2 tbsp. brown sugar. Stud with cloves.

Bake at 375˚ about 35 minutes.

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Via jbcurio

Retro Recipe: Baked Beans Aloha

Just four ingredients. Mix 'em up, heat and serve. Doesn't get any easier. Or grosser, if you ask me.

Retro recipe


Baked Beans Aloha

4 cups (2 1-lb. cans) baked beans
1 12-oz. can luncheon meat (FYI, that's code for Spam), cut in cubes
1 1/3 cups (13 1/2-oz. can) drained pineapple chunks
3/4 cup Kraft Barbecue Sauce

Combine ingredients in 2-quart casserole. Bake at 350°, 1 hour. 6 to 8 servings.

 Click here for another retro recipe that includes canned luncheon meat a.k.a. Spam.

1961 recipe for Macaroni Ham Bake


Here's the recipe for Macaroni Ham Bake:

In a 1 1/2-quart casserole, mix 2 cans of Franco-American Macaroni, 2 tsp. prepared mustard and 1 cup of cooked mixed vegetables. Cut a 12-oz. can
of luncheon meat (think Spam) into strips; arrange around the edge of the casserole.
Bake at 350˚ for 30 minutes. Makes 4 - 5 servings.

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