Friday, November 07, 2008

Election Night Feast

A food blog is not necessarily a place for politics, but
I was inspired by Tanya Steel's election night menu on Epicurious and so I put one of our own together to give us sustenance through what promised to be a long election night. In putting a menu together I wanted to have a dish that represented each of the major four candidates. For John McCain, I did a Tex-Mex dish of Chiles Rellenos with Black Bean Sauce (these were an ugly, but delicious dish served with a mango-peach salsa).

For Sarah Palin, since I couldn't find moose I settled for a smoked salmon with capers.
For Barack Obama, I strayed from the usual
Chicago deep dish pizza, and chose a dish that commemorates his time as a youth in Hawaii - Spam Musubi, a sushi made with Spam (Hawaii is the state that consumes the most Spam). When I saw this I was intrigued, so I decided to give it a try. I had a hard time finding something specific to Delaware, so I went to the state's agricultural page and found that Delaware produces chickens, so I opted for oven-fried chicken, maybe a bit Southern for Joe Biden, but a great option for my less adventurous diners.

Everything turned out great, and the surprise of the evening was definitely the musubi - it was surprisingly good, and made us anxious to try our hand at more homemade sushi. It definitely won my vote.

In case you want to give it a try (maybe for Inauguration day), here is how to make you own Spam Musubi.

Hawaiian Spam Sushi

2 cups uncooked sushi rice
2 cups water
6 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 finely chopped scallions
6 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tbsp Splenda
1 (12 ounce) container fully cooked Spam (I used light)
5 sheets sushi nori (dry seaweed)

2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp honey

Cook sushi rice according to the directions. Set aside and add rice vinegar, sesame seeds, scallions, soy sauce and splenda, and mix well. Let cool until rice can be handled.
Slice luncheon meat lengthwise into 8 slices, or to desired thickness, and brown on both sides in about 1 tablespoon oil. Add soy sauce and honey to make sauce for the spam, and then turn off heat.

Put slice of cooked Spam in the bottom of the Spam can and pack in rice mixture to a depth of about 1 inch. Turn upside down and wrap nori around musubi. Repeat until all slices have been used. Serve at room temperature or chilled with wasabi and soy sauce.
(The nori makes the musubi look burned in the picture, but they are not).


Sheri Payne said...

My kids LOVE spam musubi - it's more popular than hot dogs in Hawai'i. Do you know that they make musubi makers that are easier to use than the can? Also, a good substitute for the sauce in your recipe is simply bottled teriyaki sauce. Ono!

Stefania/CityMama said...

YYYYYuuuuuuuummMMMMMMYYYYY! What a fabulous idea for a party! I am so impressed with your Spam musubi! And I want to eat one now!

Glenna said...

Deborah--I love it! What a fun way to celebrate the night. I'm totally freaking jealous I didn't think of that. LOVE LOVE LOVE the spam sushi. That is fantastic and thanks for the trivia. hawaii is the most eatenest Spam state? Who knew? That cracked me up. I grew up on that stuff and I admit every once in a while I'll buy a can and Gene and will chow down on Spam and Miracle Whip sandwiches like when we were kids, fried Spam, of course.

Wow--great post!

Jessica said...

Spam sushi. Never ever would have thought there such a thing! Wow :)

Sara said...

we had spam sushi in hawaii last year. it was .... interesting.

Deborah Dowd said...

Sheri-everyone but my husband really liked it!

Stefania- I am glad I gave it a try!

Glenna-I remember fried Spam as a kid, I can't imagine eating it just sliced out iof the can!

Jessica - It was surprisingly good!

Sara - With enough wasabi, anything is good!

Anne said...

your guests were lucky! but, being from chicago, i was happy with my obama deep-dish that night.

Deborah Dowd said...

Anne- I love deep dish pizza,but since my husband is not a fan, we decided to try something different!

Peter said...

Hi again . .

Was having another look at your blog and came across the sushi. I love sushi and cant get enough. Whilst making it though, the rice is always kinda sticky but when i watch youtube or something, it always looks like play doe and easy to shape. Any tips?