Cheap Recipe: Mock Corned Beef and Cabbage…with SPAM!

31 Aug
For a printable version of this recipe and complete ingredient listing, click here.
For the Red Kitchen Project’s “Cooking with SPAM” page, click here.
No one will really be fooled, per se...but it still makes a pretty yummy dinner for much less money!

No one will really be fooled, per se...but it still makes a pretty yummy dinner for much less money!

One of my favorite dinners in the world is good old boiled cabbage and corned beef brisket. But with the price of a good flat-cut brisket upwards of ten bucks lately, it’s been a while since we’ve enjoyed such a feast at my house.

Nonetheless, I’ve still been craving some boiled cabbage lately, so I decided to use this opportunity to create a new dish altogether, to at least tide us over between expensive brisket purchases. Thus, I give you SPAM-and-cabbage.

No one’s going to eat this and think they’re having corned beef, and I’ll grant you that. But the cured flavor of the meat, the texture and generally easy preparation of canned meat certainly recommend themselves for such a dish, and it’s a nice diversion if not convincing replica of the real thing.

Begin by chopping a head of cabbage

I left most of the cabbage core, but it's just a personal preference.

I left most of the cabbage core, but it's just a personal preference.

 into large-but-forkable pieces. I wound up leaving the inner core for the compost bucket and still had several cups’ worth of cabbage chopped. But if you like the core and want to make a larger amount, by all means–chop it up, too.

I filled the pot with cabbage up to the halfway mark for a one-can-of-Spam sized recipe.

I filled the pot with cabbage up to the halfway mark for a one-can-of-Spam sized recipe.

Throw the chopped cabbage into a Dutch oven or large stock pot. Slice an onion into small slivers and add to the cabbage.

If desired, chop (4) large carrots into bite-sized pieces and add to the vegetable mixture for pleasing color and texture. This will also lend a little bit of sweetness to knock the edge off of the cooked cabbage.

Once all veggies are chopped and added to the pot, pour on enough liquid to submerge most of the

Beer and beef broth make a good stock for simmering.

Beer and beef broth make a good stock for simmering.

 vegetables. I used 2 cans beef broth, 1 can beer, and about 1 cup water. You can use any combination of broth, beer or water you want. You can even just use all water, but you might want to throw in a couple of beef bouillion cubes for flavor in that case.

Set the pot on an oven burner and turn to medium to medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon mustard seed (optional). Cover pot and bring to simmer.

A regular 12-oz. can should make about six thick slices.

A regular 12-oz. can should make about six thick slices.

Allow vegetables to simmer covered over medium heat for approximately 45 minutes. Once cabbage is soft and carrots are appropriately tender, it’s time for the SPAM!

Open a can of SPAM and remove the meat as one large rectangular cube. Slice lengthwise into 6 thick slices. Uncover the simmering vegetables and lay each piece of SPAM on top

Just let those suckers float on top of the vegetables.

Just let those suckers float on top of the vegetables.

 of the mixture. Replace the lid and allow to simmer 15 additional minutes.

Remove from heat and serve with vegetables piled underneath the meat slices.

Now, aren't you glad you gave SPAM a chance?

Now, aren't you glad you gave SPAM a chance?

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