Melba's Swap Shop

Melba's Swap Shop
Published: September 25, 2013
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State fair contests rate a ‘Spam!'

DEAR READERS: I remember a cook on TV who used to slam down his hand and say, “Bam!” While Geni Thomas, of Oklahoma City, and I judged the Great American Spam Championship contest at the Oklahoma State Fair, I kept wanting to slam my hand down and say, “Spam!”

First-place winner in the adult category was Sherry McCray, of Purcell. Entries had to be sandwiches, and McCray scored a blue ribbon plus $150 for her Poppy Seed Spamwiches. Her recipe will be submitted for national judging with a chance to win a trip for two to the 2014 Spam Jam Waikiki Event in Hawaii.

She says the sandwiches are easy to make. She sometimes serves them as a meal or doubles the recipe for a get-together.

POPPY SEED SPAMWICHES

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, melted

2 tablespoons mustard

2 tablespoons minced dried onions

2 teaspoons poppy seeds

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 package Hawaiian rolls

1 can (12 ounces) Spam, sliced

Colby-Jack cheese, or your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium, microwave-safe bowl, melt butter. Stir in mustard, dried onions, poppy seeds and Worcestershire sauce.

Cut rolls in half. Slice Spam and layer on bottom half of rolls covered with cheese slices. Cover with roll tops. Pour melted butter mixture over tops of each. Bake 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm. Serves 10 to 12.