Simple and delicious, fry up a spam sandwich with cheddar cheese, eggs, and a thick slice of Spam on toast. This comforting breakfast sandwich can easily be customized as well. Check out my ideas below.
What is spam?
Spam is a canned pork product sold by Hormel Foods. Created towards the end of the Great Depression it gained popularity as a low-cost pork product that was able to be stored for long periods of time. In case you are wondering what the "Spam" name means? It is a mystery known only to a handful of Spam executives. Two popular guesses include "Spiced Ham" or "Shoulder of Pork and Ham".
Fried Spam Sandwich
There is no deep-frying involved when making a fried Spam sandwich. The "fried" simply refers to searing a slice of Spam in a skillet until browned. A fried Spam sandwich can be as simple as Spam, bread, cheese, and mayo, but I personally think it is best with fried eggs.
Over-easy eggs are my favorite to serve on this sandwich. The runny yolk is the perfect condiment, and it is well complemented by a few dashes of hot sauce. However, folding an omelet to use on the sandwich works great a swell.
I like a melty cheese such as mild cheddar. The hot slices of Spam will quickly melt the cheese, so I toss a slice over the meat just before removing it from the skillet.
What bread to use?
A Spam sandwich is traditionally an unpretentious affair. Therefore, simple toasted white bread is customary. However, for the sake of variety, I often switch it up with sourdough, English muffins, or even bagels.
- 1 slice Spam (cut ½" thick)*
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 slice mild cheddar
- 2 slices white bread
- 1 tablespoon mayo
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- Set skillet over medium heat and add slice of Spam. Cook until the bottom is hot and browned, then flip and repeat. Top with slice of cheese just prior to removing meat from skillet to allow it to start melting.
- In a separate non-stick skillet melt butter over medium heat and add eggs, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook for approximately 2 minutes, or until the bottom has set, then flip. Continue cooking until the whites are fully set, leaving the yolk runny.
- While Spam and eggs are cooking toast the bread.
- Assemble sandwich by adding a smear of mayo to the toast. Place eggs on bottom slice, top with Spam, cheese, and top slice of bread.