Friday, August 20, 2010

Spam Recipe Contest Winner

Spam Mac 'N Cheese Pizza

Prepackaged refrigerated pizza crust
1/4 cup cooking oil 
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
2 cups uncooked elbow pasta, prepare according to package directions
1 can Spam, diced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spread pizza crust on pizza pan.  Lightly coat top of pizza crust with cooking oil.  Sprinkle garlic salt on crust.  Bake crust for 5 minutes. Set aside.  In small sauce pan, melt butter over low heat.  Add garlic, saute until golden.  Add flour, stir until smooth.  Cook until bubbly.  Add cream gradually, stirring constantly.  Cook until it comes to a boil and thickens.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Remove from heat.  Add 2 cups cheddar cheese, stir until melted.  Add cooked pasta to cheese sauce, spread over pizza crust.  Arrange spam over top.  Sprinkle 3/4 cup cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese over top.  Bake 6 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

The Spam recipe competition is a big contest at the Iowa State Fair.  This year the winner was Deana Wright.  You may recognize the name, she was the third place winner in the Holiday Cookies and Dessert contest I judged.  In that contest she made potato chip cookies.  Apparently Deana has a talent for taking strange ingredients and making a crazy creation that taste fantastic!

This pizza is comfort food on steroids!  The rich flavor of homemade mac and cheese, combined with the slightly salty ham tasting Spam, piled on top of a soft pizza crust, makes it easy to see why it took first place.  This pizza would be a big hit in Hawaii, where they put Spam on everything.

Below are a few pictures I took at the Iowa State Fair.
Animal Face Cake Contest
Check back on Tuesday to see the prize winning recipes from the
Successful Farming Magazine contest that I judged.

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  1. The pizza looks really good! I like the lamb. It is very cute! I'm drooling over your cookbooks!

  2. LOL! Oh no! I barely allow Spam in the house. Bill loves it and has to fix it himself and I get out of the kitchen. So, he would love this recipe, I know but he would have to do the cooking!

    Great night scenes with all the bright lights and those cakes are fantastic. That's one good looking pig! Sounds like you're having a fun time Linda! Congrats to Deana!

  3. Look good. I'll have to try it. We made a zesty potato w/spam pizza one time and it was awesome, so I'm sure we would like this one, too.

  4. We love Spam..don't all Minesotans? This looks delish!

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  6. YUM! I've got a pic of your cookbook display over on my blog today! I stopped by the food building and checked out all the wonderful stuff in there! Beautiful foods!

  7. Lordy, I wish I could have entered this contest. I am inspired to prepare one of my Spam speciaties very soon and post it.

  8. The statefair looks like fun. I love those animal cakes, eveyone must have had such fun making them. Diane

  9. Love that sheep!!!

    Mac and cheese pizza, carb heaven!!!

  10. HOw FUN! what a great recipe ...never had spam! the mac and cheese part of it looks great! :) great pictures the pig cake lol!

    happy friday!

  11. THANKS for all the comments! I love to read them! I am so busy I haven't been able to visit your blog sites and leave comments but as soon as things slow down I will be catching up with each and everyone of you.

  12. yup! All Minnesotan's love spam! I will have to try this one!

  13. I love, love, love the pics of the fair. When I was little We used to have a double ferris wheel at the carnival at our fair, but no one beleives me.
    so... I sent a link to your blog to all my friends.
    By the way....I became a follower. I am always impressed when someone can write a cookbook!

  14. "But I don't like SPAM"

    I always think of that Monty Python sketch when I hear of SPAM.

    Great shots at the fair. I can almost smell the grilled sausages and cotton candy in the air.

  15. This is Pam's husband Bill. She won't make this but when I get the house by myself for a day or so, I will make this. Thanks.

  16. This looks fantastic. I never had spam but looking at that one, I must go and have a try!!

  17. piggy cake! how adorable. This looks like so much fun :)