So my family was really looking forward to all getting together in Hawaii this year. Not only my personal family, but my parents, my sister her husband and baby, two sets of cousins with their families, my aunt and uncle and my grandmother, who are all spread out throughout the country. Covid 19 canceled those plans, and seeing the challenge cook immediately brought spam musubi to mind. Not only is everything completely shelf stable, but it paid homage to the family time missed. I actually don't think I have ever had spam in any other application, but this one is really, really good. Also, I couldn't quite get all ingredients that I was desiring due to covid supply related issues, but, hey, that just makes it fit better with the theme, right?
Started with the ingredients for sushi rice..... Missing the rice vinegar, so I subbed apple Cider vinegar since it is similarly acidic.... It definitely worked.
That was done in the instant pot, so no pictures about that. Then for the main event. The spam and the delicious glaze.
Also tiny pieces of nori were available instead of the big sheets..... So I had to improvise. Sliced up the spam and got it on the griddle. Let it get a bit of color. But nothing too crazy.
Then it's time for that glaze. Coat, turn, and cook until it looks scrumptious.
Then it's time for layering. To do properly you need a musubi press.
I was a little worried at this point because normally the nori wraps all the way around. I was worried this wouldn't have the structural integrity to be able to be eaten out of hand. It was more like a musubi sandwich kinda deal. Layer in the rice, then the spam
You can do one layer of rice followed by spam, then the nori or you can do two. I did some of each. Here is what a two layer of rice musubi looks like.
I just realized the picture was before I cut it. Oops. Still so delicious. So easy. So satisfying.