The recipe I have chosen to share with you today is for a delicious store-cupboard casserole that is not only hearty and delicious but quick and easy to make as well. You can have the spam and bean bake recipe ready and on the table in not much more than half an hour. A great treat to give to your family any meal time of the day. Its ingredients are probably something you already have in your kitchen which makes it even better. With its convenient ingredients and procedures, making it is a piece of cake. With a product that will be very delicious, it will be worth it. Try it out and never regret!
It bakes in the oven leaving your hands free to throw together a few simple sides to serve along with it when it is done. Easy peasy lemon squeezy as they say! It’s less hassle to do but its product is still yummy. Explore this dish and never regret it.
I always have the ingredients for this fabulously tasty casserole in my pantry. When have we needed recipes like this more than at this time, when many of us are confined to our homes and unable to get out to go shopping at will? Recipes such as this simple Spam and Bean Bake recipe are perfect for the situation many of us find ourselves in at the moment. Indeed, it is very convenient.
To be honest, however, this fabulously simple casserole is welcome at any time! Plain and simple, it is delicious. There is no other word to describe this tasty bake. It is something I have made a habit of making several times a year for my family over the years and it has always gone down as a real treat. This is what you might call a “family favorite”!
WHAT YOU NEED TO COOK THE SPAM AND BEAN BAKE RECIPE
One thing that makes it a real favorite for me is the fact that this delicious casserole doesn’t take extraordinary ingredients to create it. Simple ingredients are well put together. Also, that is the hallmark of a great casserole! This ingredient list is short, but don’t let the simplicity of this casserole put you off. This is a real family-pleasing winner of a dinner!
|12 ounces of canned luncheon me|
|¼ cup of pure maple syrup|
|1 28-oz tin of baked beans, undrained|
|1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped|
|¼ cup of grated strong cheddar cheese|
|1 TBS all-purpose flour|
|1 tsp prepared mustard (I like Dijon)|
Hints and Tips for Preparing the Bake Recipe
- If you want to make this casserole a bit lower in fat, you can use “light” luncheon meat rather than the full fat. You can also use luncheon meat, which is a mix of ham and bacon, for another delicious version.
- The hardest part of this recipe is getting the luncheon meat out of the can. I find this is a lot easier if I run a sharp knife around the inside edge of the tin, wiggling it a bit to loosen the luncheon meat first. This helps to create an air pocket. You can also remove the bottom of the tin with a can opener and carefully push it out.
- If you have a smaller family, this recipe can very easily be cut in half. Use one (6-oz) tin of luncheon meat, 1 (14-oz) tin of beans, cut the onion in half, and use ½ TBS of flour and ½ tsp of mustard. When I do this, I leave the amounts of maple syrup and cheese the same.
- You can use regular ballpark mustard, but I like to use Dijon mustard because it packs a tiny bit of heat. That goes very well with the other flavors in this casserole.
- Place the casserole on a baking dish for ease of popping it into the oven and easier removal when done.
How To Make the Spam and Bean Recipe?
The first thing you will need to do is prepare your casserole dish. I halved the recipe today for us as there are only two of us. Then, whether you are cooking a full recipe or half a recipe, you will need to butter the casserole dish well with softened butter. If you are using a large tin of luncheon meat, remove it from the tin and cut it into 8 slices crosswise.
If you are using a smaller or smaller tin, cut them in half cross-wise and then cut each half into four slices. Brush the slices of luncheon meat on both sides with the maple syrup and place them around the edges of your casserole dish/pie plate. Reserve the remaining maple syrup for use in the beans.
Open your tin (s) of beans and pop them, undrained, into a bowl or a saucepan. Your onion is chopped up finely. I find the easiest way to do this is to cut the onion in half lengthwise. Then make narrow lengthwise cuts in the onion towards the stem end. Holding the onion together. Also, cut it crosswise into smaller pieces. Stir in the chopped onion, mustard, and flour. Then, pour the remaining maple syrup into the beans in the saucepan or a microwave-safe bowl.
Pour the thickened bean mixture into the center of the casserole/pie dish and then sprinkle the grated cheese evenly over top.
Place the casserole dish/pie tin onto a baking sheet and then bake it in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until bubbling. Also, the cheese should have melted, and the luncheon meat should be toasty and golden brown.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH THE SPAM AND BEAN BAKE
A simple coleslaw also goes very well with this. Also, to make an easy coleslaw, you can hand shred half a small head of white cabbage and grate one peeled carrot. Then, add 1 TB of chopped onion. Also, toss all of the vegetables together in a bowl. Whisk together ½ cup of mayonnaise, 1 TBS of cream or milk, and 1 TBS of oil. Also, 1 TBS of apple cider vinegar, ½ TBS of sugar, and some seasoning. Taste and adjust as necessary.
Pour this over the prepared vegetables and toss everything together to coat. Also, we like some raisins stirred in, and toasted pecans are also nice, as is chopped apple.
Spam & Bean Bake
This store cupboard casserole is quite simply delicious.
- 2 (14oz) tins of baked beans
- 2 (6oz) tins of luncheon meat
- ¼ cup of maple syrup
- 1 small onion, peeled and minced
- 1 TBS all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp prepared mustard
- ¼ cup of grated strong cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350*F. Have ready a 9 inch pie plate. Butter it well with softened butter.
- Cut the luncheon meat into 8 thick slices.
- Brush each with some maple syrup, reserving the rest of the maple syrup.
- Arrange the slices of meat around the edges of the pie plate.
- Combine the remaining syrup with the beans, onion, flour and mustard in a saucepan.
- Cook, stirring, until thickened and bubbly. Pour into the centre of the pie plate.
- Sprinkle with the cheese. Place onto a baking sheet.
- Slice the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve hot.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330
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Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.