Cheap Recipe: “Moon Over My Spammy” Skillet Sandwich

22 Mar

For a printable version of this recipe and complete ingredients listing, click here. 

Yo. Denny's ain't got nothing on my ghetto breakfast sandwich.

So…I was all excited about making “breakfast for dinner” last weekend. I bought eggs at the store…cheese, real butter…even some fancy bread.

I got ready, spread it all out on the counter, and realized, “Grace, you dolt. We’re out of ham.”

But when life hands the Red Kitchen Project lemons, this cook makes chiffon pie.

(Or, in this case, SPAM.)

And so, in a lighthearted (but surprisingly tasty) parody of Denny’s famous “Moons Over My Hammy”, which, of course, is a parody of the dish “Moon Over Miami”, which is, of course, a silly breakfast parody referencing the many pop culture incarnations of the phrase “Moon Over Miami”, I found an end to the Sunday night breakfast cravings tormenting me and gave myself over to a delicious marriage of flavors combining your run-of-the-mill ham’n egg sandwich with an amazingly tantalizing bouquet reminiscent of the fried bologna sandwiches my dad used to make for me when I was a little kid.

And just like that, “Moon Over My Spammy” was born.

Begin by heating two greased skillets over burners–a smaller skillet over MEDIUM-LOW heat and a larger, deeper one over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Toast and butter eight (or sixteen♥) thick pieces of bread. (I buttered both sides of the bread. I’ll be skinny in my next life.)

Chef’s Note: I made our egg sandwiches with two slices of SPAM + two slices of American cheese each, since we were having breakfast-for-dinner and I wanted the sandwiches to be extra-filling. Nonetheless, they would have been plenty filling with half the amount of SPAM and cheese on each sandwich, so prepare according to your own preferences (and determined by the amount of people you’re dividing that can of SPAM among!).

Slices o' Spam

In a spouted measuring cup, combine 1/4 cup brown sugar with about 1/2 cup apple juice; stir well. (You could use orange or any other variety fruit juice you already have on hand–don’t buy a whole other juice product based on one single recipe, particularly one involving SPAM, for Pete’s sake…)

Open a 12-ounce can of SPAM luncheon meat; drain or pat dry. Slice on the wide angle into 8 thin pieces about the size of American cheese slices (see photo).

Let meat slices carmelize.

Into larger heated skillet, place as many meat slices as you can in one layer (you may have to repeat this step if they won’t all fit in one round).

Let paper towel absorb excess grease.

Immediately pour the sugar/juice mixture over the heating meat and allow to simmer for several minutes on each side.

Meanwhile, in smaller greased skillet, cook four (or eight, see above note ♥ about portions) eggs separately any way you like. (We eat ours over-medium, hence the moon reference–they aren’t sunny-side-up if you flip them in their whites.)

Fried eggs.

As meat and eggs simmer, place American cheese slices over the hot buttered toast to let them start warming/melting.

One slice per sandwich would've still been plenty...

Use spatula to transfer SPAM slices onto plate covered with paper towel to absorb any excess grease before placing onto sandwiches.

Lift the finished fried eggs out of skillets and layer over warm cheese slices.

Serve immediately garnished with orange slices or fresh tomato.

Breakfast. It's What's For Dinner.


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