Spam Upside Down Pie Recipe


David is away on a fishing trip, Chloe is sick, neither of us got much sleep last night and I had Spam and eggs for breakfast. Yep, I said Spam. I know a lot of people have a problem with it, including my husband, which is why I rarely eat it. Sure, it is far from healthy and organic, but it brings back some good childhood memories. I actually like its meaty saltiness, in small, rare doses. I’m not even sure why we have a can in the cupboard, except I must have bought it on a whim, for a camping trip maybe? I can’t remember. You’d think that would make it pretty old, but the expiration date isn’t until 2013, which in itself is kind of suspicious. The last time I clearly remember eating Spam was in Hawaii during our Honeymoon in 2004.

Anyway, I was curious to read what wikipedia had to say about it and was tickled by the above Spam advertisement printed on the back cover of Time magazine on May 14, 1945. Is it weird that I’d love to try making a Spam Upside Down Pie? Except no one would eat it with me, which is too bad.

It’s kind of hard to read on the advertisement, but here’s the recipe:

The Original Spam Upside Down Pie

Line and 8-inch mold with Spam slices and fill with baking powder biscuit dough (prepared or home mixed) well laced with tiny cubes of Spam. Bake 40-45 min. at 425F. Turn it out on a platter, fill center with a tart cheese sauce (or one made with tomato or horseradish) and watch the family turn out and fill the table in a hurry!

Tart Cheese Sauce Recipe (from Ladies’ Home Journal, December 1946)

Blend 1/3 c. flour in 1/3 c. melted butter. Slowly stir in 2 1/4 c. milk. Heat and stir until thickened. Add 1/2 lb. grated American cheese, 1 tsp. prepared mustard, 1/8 tsp. Worcestershire, 1/4 tsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp salt. Cook in double boiler, stirring to make the mixture smooth, until cheese melts. Serve hot over a Spam Upside Down Pie.

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5 thoughts on “Spam Upside Down Pie Recipe

  1. The Spam museum is in Minnesota- but you probably already know that!:) I think I’ve only had it once. That upsidedown cake looks pretty darn good.

  2. My brothers liked to eat spam for breakfast when we were growing up. I didn’t like it much but I eat it now from time to time for the nostalgia factor and I do like the salty taste! (Of course, only when Marcel is not looking…hehehe)

  3. Spam is actually a wholesome food, sure it has a lot of salt and fat, but in moderation… I don’t think it was ever intended to be a daily main course. I like occasionally a sandwich of grilled Spam and mayo. White bread of course.

  4. There’s a lower sodium version of SPAM now. Not that I’ve tried it, though the original hasn’t killed me yet. (I grew up in norther Canada where it was pretty normal food.)

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