Snacks and Nibbley-bits

TikiFlamingo

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So ... all these drinks are great (but not all at once) but I was wondering, what are your favorite eats when you're drinking those fruity, sweet drinks? I'd like to try something other than the familiar wings, chips, or potato skins.
 

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Crab Rangoon is traditional. Supposedly invented at Trader Vic's.

Also, Polynesians are said to love Spam*. Maybe someone could develop a good Spam appetizer.

*allegedly because it tastes much like "long pig."
 

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Unless we're holding a full-blown luau, just small salty/fatty things from the local Chinese restaurant's pupu menu: teri beef sticks, crab rangoons, pork hash, won tons, char siu, along with the usual chips/guac, hummus, and crudites.

As for a Spam appetizer? Where to start?

Spam fries are good- just slice into sticks and fry em till brown and crispy.

Spam Spread on fancy crackers is a gourmet experience everybody should try. Just call it Hawaiian pate.

Or a good Spam hash - cubed small with equally small potato cubes, stir-fried with small diced onion and bell peppers. Good with a teri & Kewpie mayo sauce, German curry ketchup, or even Japanese bulldog sauce.

Large cubes of Spam + chunked pineapple on skewers, grilled or broiled are delicious.

Spam and kim-chi fried rice is also a nice, easy to make and hearty side dish.

Spam musubi are delicious, but kind of a pain to make. Fortunately, we have a real Hawaiian restaurant nearby so I now only have to buy a few of his massive musubis and slice them into small pieces.
 

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SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM!

Okay Big K … you have more knowledge about Spam snacks than Monty Python. (sounds good though!)
 
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SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM!

Okay Big K … you have more knowledge about Spam snacks than Monty Python. (sounds good though!)

I love that skit. Sorry to spam your thread, but Jake said the magic word and I couldn't help myself. I never miss an opportunity to evangelize for Spam.

Jake, Spam spread used to be available in groceries right next to the cans of deviled ham spread and Vienna sausages. I haven't seen it in a while though. I can make it, but running Spam through the cheese grater is a slimy affair.

But seriously, crab rangoons are a great suggestion. Along with other Chinese restaurant pupus.

I'd really like to get a set up like this to bring back the feel of our long-gone local tiki bar:

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.......Jake, Spam spread used to be available in groceries right next to the cans of deviled ham spread and Vienna sausages. I haven't seen it in a while though. I can make it, but running Spam through the cheese grater is a slimy affair......

Okay, inspired by your post, I did a little research. There are lots of online recipes for Spam Spread, mostly involving a food processor, Spam, hard boiled eggs, onions, pickles, and mayonnaise. I'll have to start experimenting.

Although I think I might bill it as something with a more appetizing name, like Hawaiian Hash or Caribbean Caviar or Poi Perfection.
 

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My dad used to make us spam and eggs on some sunday mornings. we loved it! (still do)


spam GIF
 

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I love sushi. Spam I just never got the hang of. It's some kind of mystery meat pressed into a square shape. Put a Popsicle stick in it and carry it around with ya.

Pirate Seafood GIF by Long John Silver's
 

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when we have parties in our home tiki bar..... (Lynn's Lanai Backyard Tiki Bar - Akron, OH).....

I often make a "Hawaiian Cole Slaw", Pulled Pork sammies with Grilled fresh pineapple, and yes SPAM!! I won over many Nay Sayers with Spam and Pineapple Teriyaki Skewers!!

 
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Tropical Popcorn
The original recipe is from "Heemah" on Food.com. In parentheses is what I used for a 2 oz microwave popcorn package
6 quarts popped popcorn (about 8 cups)
3⁄4 cup butter (1/4 cup)
3⁄4 cup molasses (1/4 cup)
2 cups brown sugar (2/3 cup)
1 teaspoon salt (1/3 teaspoon, slightly less than 1/2)
1 teaspoon vanilla (1/3 teaspoon)
1 cup Spanish peanuts (a handful each of macadamia nuts and dried tropical fruits)
1 teaspoon baking soda (1/3 teaspoon)
Pre-heat oven to 250 deg.
Place butter in a medium pot, on medium heat.
Keep an eye on the butter and add the sugar, molasses, and salt to it as soon as its melted.
Bring the candy to a boil and stir and cook it only till the sugar melts and the butter blends in entirely - just a couple minutes.
Turn off the heat and stir the vanilla and peanuts into the candy.
Quickly add the baking soda and stir until it's well mixed. It foams to make a lighter, more delicate candy.
Pour the candy over the popcorn and toss until it's evenly coated.
Put the popcorn in the oven for 1 hour, tossing every 15 or 20 minutes.
Let it cool completely before breaking up and putting into an airtight container.
 

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Pineapple Puff Pastry - tropical and sophisticated yet simple.
#1 1/4 sheet of puff pastry dough. Cut along the red lines. A spoonful of mango preserves and chopped macadamia nuts
#2 A slice of canned pineapple on top, one corner folded in.
#3 All corners folded in, a cocktail cherry garnish in the center
#4 Bake at 400F for 15 minutes. I gave it a drizzle of chocolate because my wife thinks it's not a dessert without chocolate LOL It would have been good without it or maybe with a drizzle of passion fruit syrup. Serve with ice cream if desired.
 

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