Thursday, 20 December 2012

Come SPAM with Rach!

I was contacted by the PR firm for Spam to let me know about their frugal 5p canapés using Spam.  Gloriously dubbed "SPAMapés".  (They had me hooked at the name).

Spam isn't something I eat much of, but I liked the idea, and I loved the name so I had to give them a go.

I was some cans to use and set about making some canapés this evening.  The press release sent by their PR company had the two recipes on to make the 5p canapés, but in true Come Dine With Rach style I wanted to make the recipe my own so added a few extra touches.  This, of course, will mean these no longer come in at a purse friendly 5p each - but tis the season of excess, so why not.

Goats Cheese and Tomato SPAMapés

Ingredients as per press release below with additions:

Half red onion, finely chopped
chilli flakes
Goats cheese

I substituted the spring onions for red onion then added the chilli flakes in with the other ingredients for the batter and then followed the method as below.  The goats cheese was added at the end with half a cherry tomato.

My version is a bit more rustic than the ones below, and bigger than a canapé should be really!

I wasn't sure what to expect with the spamapé but they're actually really tasty, and very easy to do. I'll be making more of these for boxing day, serving with the tomato, chilli and ginger chutney I'm making this week!

Press Release

Christmas canapés that will wow your guests but at a bite-sized cost
With hectic Christmas and New Year festivities rapidly approaching, the last thing you want to think about is food preparation. That’s why we have created these quick and simple SPAM
apés made with SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time getting ready for your party guests.

Make your party one to remember by using SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham in your canapés. These perfect finger foods will entice your friends to the buffet table, and what’s just as impressive as the taste is the price! Just one can of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham makes up to 40 canapés - that’s a tiny bite-sized cost of just 5p per canapé!

Indulge your guests with these mini SPAM® Cakes and Bruschettas, which can be made quickly by mixing SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham with other simple ingredients.
For fuss free festive nibbles, check out the recipes below.


1 x 340g can of SPAM® Chopped Pork & Ham - cut into 1/4" cubes
100g Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 egg beaten
150 ml milk
1 small tin sweetcorn - drained
4 spring onions finely chopped (use green bits as well)
Vegetable oil for frying
small cherry tomatoes for garnish - sliced in half
cocktail sticks


1)  Whisk together the flour, baking powder, egg and milk.
2)  Mix in the cubes of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham, drained sweetcorn and chopped spring onions
3)  Heat a non- stick pan with 2 tsp oil and cook spoonfuls of the batter until golden
     Turn over and cook the other side. Continue this until all mixture is used up
4) Drain on kitchen paper - keep warm to serve straight away otherwise allow to cool, spike a tomato half with a cocktail stick and garnish each SPAM® Cake
Recipe should make approximately 30 canapes


1 X 340g tin of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham - cut into 1/4" slices and then into triangles etc.
4 mini baguettes cut into 1/2" slices - should get 10 slices per baguette
1 x 190g Jar Basil Pesto
1 x 190g Jar Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

1) Toast slices of mini baguettes on both sides and allow to get cold
2)  Spread half the bruschetta with Basil Pesto and the other half with Sun dried tomato Pesto
3)  Place a triangle of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham on each bruschetta
4)  Garnish with the olives and sun dried tomatoes. Put onto serving plate and sprinkle with chopped parsley

Makes approximately 40 Bruschetta

SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is available in Classic, Bacon, Black Pepper and Garlic varieties and is available in 200g and 340g cans from all major UK supermarkets with an RRP of £1.49 and £1.69 respectively.   For further information on SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham products follow us on Facebook or visit our website

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