The classic ham & pea combination gets a festive makeover with these super easy to make Sizzling SPAM® Star Crostini. This recipe is in collaboration with SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.
How is it already one week until Christmas!? 2018 seems to have flown by even faster than the previous years for some reason. It’s been a year to remember, that’s for sure, and now I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit over the holidays and eating more than my fair share of the Christmas food!
If you’re entertaining this festive season, you might like these quick and easy canapes – Sizzling SPAM® Star Crostini! They’re super quick to make, and the star of the show is the Sizzling SPAM® stars decorating the tops of each morsel!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR THESE Sizzling SPAM® Star Crostini
- SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham – a 340-gram tin cut into 5 mm slices perfect for cutting out with a star-shaped cookie cutter
- frozen peas
- shallots, or a small white onion
- garlic clove
- Parmesan cheese, or other hard cheese
- fresh mint
- French baguette
- sunflower oil
- freshly ground black pepper
How to make Sizzling SPAM® Star Crostini
Step 1: Quickly cook the frozen peas and process in a mini food processor along with some sauteed shallots and garlic, some grated Parmesan cheese and a handful of fresh mint leaves. Season well with black pepper. You can do this step in advance, up to a day or two before.
Step 2: Cut SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham into 5 mm thick slices, lengthwise, and then use a 1-inch star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out star shapes.
Step 3: Dry fry the SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham until browned and crispy on both sides.
Step 4: Slice some day-old baguette into 1-cm thick slices. Toast under a grill on both sides and then butter.
Step 5: Top with the crushed pea mixture.
Step 6: Finish off with a SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham star and a tiny mint leaf.
TWO OTHER FESTIVE SPAMAPES YOU COULD MAKE
- Place a small spoonful of the crostini topping into six small ready-made tart shells. Mix one egg yolk with 1 tbsp of milk and spoon over the top. Place a Sizzling SPAM® Star on the top and bake at 170 C for 6-8 minutes, until set.
- Thread one dried cranberry, a Sizzling SPAM® Star and a slice of your favourite cheese onto a cocktail stick and stick into a slice of cucumber.
SPAM® CHOPPED PORK AND HAM
SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham came to our UK kitchens in 1941 during the war as an alternative to corned beef. It rose quickly in popularity, selling its one billionth can in the 1950s. In the 1960s SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham fritters regularly appeared on British school menus.
This iconic product is originally from the US when, in 1937, the Hormel Food Company of Minnesota dealt with a problem they had of too much pork shoulder. The idea to grind the pork shoulder and mix it with ham, cooking it in a tin to create a long life product was born, and now, over 80 years later, it’s still going strong!
An incredibly versatile ingredient, SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is made from a minimum of 90% shoulder pork and leg ham. The 200g tub is currently available in the UK from Tesco and Asda while 200g and 340g cans are available from all major UK supermarkets. Visit the SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham website for more recipe inspiration!
Don’t throw away those leftover bits of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham after cutting out your star shapes with a cookie cutter. Leftovers will keep up to two days, covered, in the fridge, and you can whip up some mini quiches with them, or add them to some scrambled eggs for a quick and easy breakfast the day after your Christmas party!
Do you cook with SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham? Let me know what you make in the comments!
Festive Canapes: Sizzling SPAM® Star Crostini
- 200 grams SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham
- 200 grams frozen peas
- 0.5 tbsp butter
- 0.5 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 shallots finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove finely chopped
- 25 grams Parmesan cheese
- 1 handful fresh mint leaves plus extra to garnish
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 small baguette
- Slice SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham lengthwise into 5 mm wide slices. Using a small star-shaped cookie cutter, cut the SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham into stars.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham stars and fry until browned on both side. Set aside.
- Place the frozen peas in a pot of boiling water and cook for 90 seconds. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool.
- Heat the butter and sunflower oil in a saute pan and gently saute the shallots and garlic until softened.
- Place the peas, shallots, Parmesan cheese and fresh mint leaves into a small food processor and season to taste. Process until combined, but still chunky in texture.
- Slice the bagette into 1 cm thick slices and toast under a grill.
- Lightly butter the crostini and top with the crushed pea mixture. Finish off with a SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham Star and a tiny sprig of mint.
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