National Doughnut Day isn’t really a thing in the United Kingdom, but chip shop owner John Clarkson didn’t let that stop him from celebrating (with Spam).
The intrepid chippie chappie put together some Spam-filled doughnuts, then popped them into his deep fryer.
How did this porcine creation go over with customers? Preston told the Daily Mail,
“They have flown off the shelves and I am so pleased that people are waking up to how good it tastes. We are always experimenting and will always bring our ideas to life, we definitely aren’t your average fish and chip shop that’s for sure.”
Although Clarkson claims he’s not the biggest fan of doughnuts, he says, “I have always loved Spam—it’s bloody beautiful and I don’t think it gets enough recognition.”
Here are a few other examples of Spam elevating a dish to greatness:
What it is: Seasoned white rice (use furikake and sesame seeds, please—not sushi vinegar) and a beautifully-browned slice of SPAM, wrapped with a band of nori. Fun fact: if you don’t have a musubi mold, you can use your empty SPAM can instead. Genius, Hawaii. Genius.
How it tastes: More amazing than you’d ever expect, unless you’ve tasted it before. Even if you don’t think you like SPAM, this dish may change your mind. (Photo: Flickr/geishabot)
SPAM, RICE, AND EGGS
What it is: Just what it sounds like. Think of it as the Hawaiian equivalent of bacon (or sausage), hash browns, and eggs. It’s so popular in Hawaii, a version of it is on local McDonald’s and Burger King menus.
How it tastes: Just liked American sausage and eggs, it will taste good if it’s cooked right. If not, please avoid. (Photo: Flickr/iluvcocacola)
What it is: Also known as “Korean Army Base Stew,” this is a dish that was developed by hungry Korean cooks after the Korean War left them with serious food scarcity. Leftovers found at U.S. Army bases—such as SPAM—became staples of this comforting, homestyle Korean stew. It usually includes a few kinds of sliced meat (hot dogs may join the SPAM for a swim in the broth), noodles, onions, mushrooms, and a spicy broth. (Photo: NoobCook)
How it tastes: Like delicious, spicy, warm Korean stew. Give us a big bowl of a tasty jjigae and our heating bills go way down in the winter.
What it is: Kelaguen is a popular food preparation in Guam, and often involves chicken, fish, or other meat cooked using the acidic properties of lemon juice—similar to ceviche. Salt and hot peppers often make an appearance, and you can add other things like green onion to flavor your meat and add some color.
How it tastes: Like an elegant SPAM pâté.
SPAM FRIED RICE
What it is: SPAM. In fried rice. Variations are very popular both in Hawaii and in Guam.
How it tastes: Like a salty, awesome hangover cure. (Photo: Flickr/jeffreyww)