Lunchopolis #5

A banana, cut in half; blueberry mochi; strawberries; mini spam musubi (tutorial below); mini cucumber slices; and baby carrots. For me, this lunch proved that no single lunch box, however beloved, can work for all meals. So maybe my desire to buy a new lunch box is warranted!

Back to reality. Spam musubi is a classic Hawaiian dish, practically ubiquitous there. I made it bite sized, which was actually pretty easy--I think probably easier than the full sized ones for those of us not using specialized equipment. In lieu of a musubi press, I used a silicone ice cube tray. It was really yummy. Unlike sushi, Spam musubi can be eaten warm (and is really best that way), so you can make it a day or more ahead. (I gave mine a quick flash in the microwave on a paper napkin at lunchtime, having realized my Lunchopolis set isn't microwave safe. But you may be smarter than me about that.) Another benefit: it works well as finger food. No need for utensils.

Mini Spam musubi
Makes about 15

1 cup sushi rice (I use Calrose) (Note: You'll probably have some left over, but I never cook less than 1 cup of rice at a time--I think you'll actually end up using about 2/3 of this, though.)
2 sheets nori
A few slices of Spam, cut into sixths
Soy sauce
Sweet stir-fry sauce (I used this because I had it--otherwise, use teriyaki sauce rather than soy sauce + sweet stir-fry sauce)
A pinch of ginger powder

Cook sushi rice in whatever manner suits you. Meanwhile, cut nori along the perforations usually put onto nori sheets, and then cut in half again, so that you are left with several long, narrow strips.

Mix the soy sauce, stir-fry sauce, and ginger powder in a shallow dish; add Spam and toss to coat.

How much soy sauce, etc., you ask? I did about half and half, maybe three tablespoons of each.

Let Spam marinate while rice finishes cooking. As soon as the rice is done, fluff it with a rice paddle to let the steam escape. Set aside to cool.

Preheat a non-stick skillet and cook spam for a few minutes, turning midway through cooking time. You don't want plain, un-heated-ever Spam, as it has all this unrendered fat in it and...just trust me.

Mmm...crispy outsides. Transfer to a plate and let cool a little so you don't burn your fingers in the next step.

Next, you'll want to spread rice into an ice cube tray, but don't press down yet. Using the spam slices, press the rice into the ice cube tray.

Carefully turn Spam-and-rice squares out onto a cutting board. Wrap each one with a thin strip of nori, using a little water to seal the seams.

  And there you have it. Aloha!

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  1. What a great recipe for spam, it looks very good. Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. That looks great, thank you for sharing such a detailed recipe, I'm hungry now!
    Thank you for linking up at Fun Food Friday!


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