Spam. When I hear the word images of Monty Python pop into my head. I’ve never had it, and have never considered it an option until I started blogging vintage recipes.
Spam was a huge deal back in the day, it’s still big in Hawaii, but I just don’t understand the big appeal of a pale pink canned meat.
One day, I was searching Pinterest for vintage recipes and I came across one for a fancy looking savory pie called the Spam Wagon Wheel. It was a Pillsbury Bake Off recipe, so I thought it would ‘t be too daring to try.
Well, I tried it. I will make it again, but I won’t be going out of my way to use spam as the meat.
SPAM Wagon Wheel
A savory quiche-like dish, serves 4-5. Most instructions are direct from the original recipe with my changes in parentheses.
- 1 cup AP flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 3 to 4 TBSP cold water
- Combine flour and salt in a bowl.
- Cut in shortening.
- Toss with a fork and slowly add water until the dough just starts to form.
- Roll out until 1/2 inch bigger than the outside of a 9inch pie pan. (My pie pan was a bit bigger, 9.5in and I didn’t want the crust to be too thin so I didn’t roll it out thinner and flute the edges)
- (Place in a greased pie pan, and set aside. I’m not risking sticking on a test recipe lol)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 TBSP butter
- 1 can of Spam
- 1lb can of Veg All, drained (Veg All is a can of mixed veggies that includes carrots, potatoes, lima beans, etc. The can I found was 15 oz)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 1 cup evaporated milk (I used a small 5oz can)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 TBSP flour
- 1/2tsp salt
- 1/4tsp paprika
- (Add more seasonings to taste. I added about 1/4 tsp pepper but it needed more herbs)
- Steam onions with butter over low heat for 10 minutes.
- Cut spam into 5 1/4in slices, set aside. Dice remaining spam into bite sized cubes.
- Add spam, onions and remaining ingredients into a bow and mix.
- Pour the filming into the pie crust.
- Cut the Spam slices diagonally and arrange on top of the filling.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 35-45 minutes. Cool for 10 minites before serving.
- (Serve with a steamed veggie. I thought it would be enough as is, but I was missing something fresh.)
My notes: If you want to use Spam, that’s fine, but I would recommend crisping up the diced Spam before adding it to the filling. I liked the recipe, the crust was wonderfully flakey and it’s had the feel of a frittata. I will, however, be using ground turkey and sautéed fresh veggies in the future when I make this again.