I have some wonderful 1950s women's magazines full of vintage recipes. I've been cooking some of them here and there and so far, they've all been a big hit with my family. I thought I'd share them here with you in a new series, The 1950s Kitchen
Today, I have a great 50s recipe for Spam and banana fritters. I know- Spam is salty potted mystery meat but, this dish is very good! The sweetness of the banana with the salty Spam is a perfect blend. Pj took one bite and said "Oh wow!" If you've never tried Spam before, this is a very good Spam newbie recipe.
The first time I tried Spam, I was a teenager, camping with the neighbors and they made Spam and eggs for breakfast on a grilled tortilla. It was okay...then my grandma made Spam and eggs for me one morning and it was to die for. Grandma grew up in Hawaii in the 40s and 50s so she really knows her canned meat!
Spam and other canned meats were a staple for many vintage housewives. Those cute retro fridgess don't have a lot of space and some housewives couldn't afford a deep freeze so canned meats were a great option for quick, cheap meals.
Tips for this Recipe
I put Pj in charge of slicing the bananas and since ours were quite ripe, they didn't slice well. He's a pretty clever fella and figured out that if you slice the banana with the peel still on, they come out really well. We still had to cut them in half because they weren't green-tipped like the recipe called for.
Also, a tip for Spam is that it's very greasy and like bacon and will create more grease as it cooks. I drained my pan a bit as I fried these babies so they got nice and brown. If you have a counter top grill like a George Forman, they would probably turn out quite nice! This is a very greasy dish but I always keep a collander next to the stove to drain fried things before plating.
Garnish the plate with something green.
For breakfast, try sliced green apples, green grapes or spinach leaves for a savory breakfast sandwich. For dinner, try asparagus, crisp green beans or just a sprig of parsley.
Have you ever tried Spam? If you cook this recipe, please let me know what you and your family thought!