12 retro Spam recipes & menu ideas from yesteryear that you may be adventurous enough to try

Retro Spam recipes and menu ideas

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What can you make with Spam? According to these retro recipes — what can’t you make with Spam?! Check out these easy vintage how-tos here.

Spam ‘n’ macaroni loaf (1940s)

For a harmonious taste blend, arrange alternate layers of Spam slices and macaroni mixture in loaf pan.

Bake in a pan of water at 375 (F) until firm. Serve with broccoli blossoms accented with your favorite sauce. Top billing with any audience!

Spam n macaroni loaf recipe - 1940s

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Spam ‘n’ eggs (1943)

Top o’ the morning!

Golden honey on piping hot biscuits, fried egg with edges lacy — crisp, hearty slices of broiled spam — the perfect cool-morning breakfast!

A triumph in ration points, too, because Spam is all good to eat — no bones, no waste, no surplus fat!

Spam n eggs - from 1943

Spam dinner recipe (1943)

Full point value… no waste, no bone, no surplus fat

Broil or fry thick slices of Spam — or stud whole Spam with cloves and bake 20 minutes, basting with sauce: 1/2 tsp vinegar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp prepared mustard, 1 tsp water. Serve with limas (beans) and baked potato.

Baked Spam dinner recipe (1943)

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Planked Spam (1948)

Score a whole Spam and rub with brown sugar. Surround it on the plank with tomato slices capped with large mushrooms doused in butter.

Bake 25 minutes in hot oven, then ring with mashed potatoes and slip back in the oven for quick browsing. Bring it to the table, plank and all… and be greeted with cheers.

Retro planked Spam recipe from 1948

Spam cheeseburger (1948)

A slice or two Spam on one half of a buttered bun, cheese on the other. Under the broiler till the Spam is golden brown, the cheese bubbling hot. Dills, olives, mustard or mayonnaise — then bite into a super-snack.

Vitnage Spam cheeseburger recipe from 1948

Spam ‘n’ scrambled (1950)

Fluffy eggs every time if you follow this method:

Break eggs into bowl; for each egg used, add 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon cream, and a dash of pepper. Beat lightly with a fork. Melt in a skillet enough butter or margarine to coat the bottom. Turn heat low, add eggs.

Let them “set” slightly. Keep turning edges gently toward center of pan; avoid stirring. Remove from burner before quite firm. Brown the Spam slices in another pan. Serve both on a hot plate.

Spam n scrambled eggs breakfast idea - 1950

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Hit for a hot night: Spam summer platter (1950)

Stuffed celery: Mash cream cheese with sweet cream to give butter-like consistency; add grated onion, dash of Worcestershire; fill celery stalks and dust with paprika.

Stuffed tomatoes: Make tomato cups by slicing off top and removing core; fill with shredded cabbage drenched with French dressing or mayonnaise.

With sliced Swiss cheese, bread, and appetizing Spam, dinner’s ready — and so’s the family.

Cold or hot, Spam hits the spot!

Spam summer platter - 1950

Spam ‘n’ cheese ribbon loaf (1951)

Tender, pure-pork Spam joins with a zesty cream cheese mixture for memorable eating. Serve for supper or lunch — or a noteworthy appetizer.

Cut into 8 slices 1 whole Spam. Mix together 3 ounces cream cheese (softened with a little milk), 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon grated onion, 1 tablespoon minced parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread between slices of Spam.

Chill for 4 hours (or longer; overnight if desired). Slice and serve. Good with deviled eggs or potato salad.

Spam n cheese ribbon loaf recipe from 1951

Spam-bean bake (1952)

Less then 5 minutes from can opener to oven… and the eating is wonderful! Slices of savory Spam, sizzling and fragrant, top hearty baked beans. Satisfying main dish for an easy summer meal… kind to the budget, too!

Slice into 8 slices 1 whole can of Spam. Combine canned baked beans (contents 2 medium cans or 1 large), 2 tablespoons molasses, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon dry mustard. Place in greased casserole, top with Spam slices. Bake in a moderate oven (350 F) for about 25 minutes.

Spam Bean Bake recipe from May 26, 1952

Spam ‘n’ Yam fiesta loaf (1955)

… luscious with cling peaches from California.

Summer sunshine for a winter meal! Simply cut a Spam loaf into two crosswise. Between the two layers, spread canned sweet potatoes, mashed and seasoned. Surround with golden cling peaches from California. Top with “fan” of peach slices.

Drizzle on peach juice seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard. Bake in a moderately hot oven (400 F) for 30 to 35 minutes.

Spam n yam fiesta loaf recipe from 1955

Dixie Bake (1958)

It’s our light, light Bisquick biscuits along with tender, flavory Spam that make our Dixie Bake so bright, good, and quick for any meal. An inspiration for breakfast, lunch, or even supper! Try it soon and you’ll see.

Ingredients: 12 ounces of Spam, 12 whole cloves, 2 cups Bisquick, 2/3 cup milk, 1/2 cup apricot jam, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, 1 tablespoon water.

Instructions: Heat oven to 425 (F) — hot. Slice Spam into 12 squares almost to the bottom. Stud with whole cloves. Place in a 8-inch square baking dish. Add milk all at once to the Bisquick; stir with fork. Beat 15 strokes.

Roll dough around on the cloth-covered board lightly dusted with Bisquick. Knead gently 10 times. Roll 1/2-inch thick. (Makes about 12 2-inch biscuits.)

Surround meat with biscuits. Spread meat and biscuits with a mixture of jam, mustard, and water. Bake for 20 minutes, until biscuits are golden and the meat is cooked through. (Makes 4 servings.)

Spam Dixie Bake recipe from 1958

Spam “Around the World” dinner casserole (1959)

Exciting one-dish meal especially developed for the Spam “Billion Can Festival”! Try it for a dinner that’s quick, easy, and good:

Cook, drain one 8-ounce package of egg noodles. Spread in broad, shallow 2-quart casserole dish. Top with a 1-pound can of green beans, drained, and 1 can of Spam sliced and cut into 1/2-inch strips.

Pour over all of 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup, mixed with 1/2 can (3/4 cup) milk and 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Top with crisp cracker crumbs. Bake at 350 (F) for 30 minutes.

Spam dinner casserole recipe from 1959

Wagon-wheel pie (1964)

Bake-Off inspired and ready for your hungry crew! Meat-hearty with Spam, bright with the fresh flavor of Veg-all mixed vegetables.

The tender pastry’s made as they’d expect, with Pillsbury Best flour: instant blending or regular.

Spam wagon wheel pie dinner recipe from 1964

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