An Albuquerque woman wins the national SPAM Championship

Posted at: 09/17/2013 10:02 AM
Updated at: 09/17/2013 10:34 AM

Caroline Barela Burgess shares her recipe for SPAM Thai Style Meatballs that won her the national championship.



SPAM Thai Style Meatballs

1/2 cup uncooked short-grain white rice (glutinous or sticky rice)

3/4 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons green curry paste

1 (12-ounce) can SPAM Less Sodium, grated

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 cup flaked sweetened coconut

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

2 egg whites, beaten

Sweet chili sauce, for dipping


Rinse rice under running water in metal sieve until water runs clear. In small saucepan, combine coconut milk, water and curry paste. Add rice and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low. Cook rice on lowest setting for 20 minutes or until cooked. Preheat oven to 375 °F. In large skillet, cook SPAM® Less Sodium on medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until SPAM Less Sodium is browned. Remove from heat. Stir in rice and cilantro; let cool. In shallow dish, combine coconut and breadcrumbs. Form 1 tablespoon mixture into meatballs. Dip in beaten egg white then in coconut mixture. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally. Or deep-fry meatballs in hot oil until golden-brown; drain on paper towel. Serve with sweet chili sauce for dipping. Makes about 18 meatballs.


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