Breakfast Spam-Browns

I’ve cooked this for kids and adults, at home and on a camp stove, and it always seems to satisfy and surprise people who think “Oh no! Spam!?!?”

All you need is a can of SPAM or spam-like substitute. I usually use a generic luncheon loaf I get at a dollar store for… $1. A little oil, some diced potatoes and seasoning, maybe an egg and there you go! Hearty breakfast for a few bucks.

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Prep Time: Not applicable; prep as you cook

1 can of appropriate (or inappropriate) processed meat

1 or 2 russet potatoes

1 or 2 tablespoons of grape seed, olive or other preferred cooking oil

Salt, pepper, other seasoning to taste

1 or 2 eggs (optional)

Other optional ingredients: chopped onions, chopped bell peppers, other meats

I start by dicing my meat into small cubes and starting them in a large pan with a coating of oil on medium heat. Use a spatula to stir frequently to get some color on all sides.

While meat is cooking, cut potatoes into similar cubes. I use a french fry cutter to start, and then cut those cross-wise for cubes. Then stir the meat. While you’re cutting, put the potato pieces into a bowl of cold, salted water to get some of the starch out. Stir the meat. Peeling the potatoes can reduce the amount of sticking in the pan while cooking, but that’s optional.

When all your potato cubes have been soaking for at least one minute (while you stirred the meat), drain them, toss with a little oil and salt, pepper and spices to your liking, and add them to the frying pan.

All of the above should take less than 5 minutes.

Expect things to stick to the pan, but try to minimize this buy stirring regularly with your spatula. You might add oil a few times to keep things loose, but don’t soak the potatoes.

As the potatoes start to get a little bit brown, add one or two eggs directly to the pan if desired. Stir vigorously to create a scrambled egg effect.

Remove from heat and serve when the eggs are cooked (or when potatoes are as you like them if you’re not using eggs).

This hot and hearty breakfast generally takes 15-20 minutes if you have all your ingredients handy. You should only undertake this on days you can manage it pretty constantly; things can burn if not being stirred pretty regularly.

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