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Spam Musubi

More Spam is consumed in Hawaii than any other state in the U.S. By far, Hawaiians' favorite dish is Musubi, a ready-to-eat Spam snack that resembles a large piece of nigiri sushi. In Hawaii, you can buy Musubi in nearly any convenience store or grocery store for between $1 and $2. This is adapted from a recipe on the Hormel Foods Web site.

Makes 8 servings

1 12-ounce can Spam Classic

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup soy sauce

3 cups cooked white sushi rice (found in the Asian section of supermarket)

1 package hoshi nori (Japanese dried seaweed, available at Asian markets)

Slice Spam lengthwise into 8 equal pieces.

In a shallow dish, combine garlic, ginger, brown sugar and soy sauce. Place Spam slices in the mixture and let sit for 30 minutes. Remove and pat dry.

In a medium-sized skillet, fry the marinated Spam slices over medium heat, 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.

Moisten hands and mold rice into 8 thick blocks with the same outside dimensions as Spam slices. (You can get a perfect block shape by using a special plastic Musubi mold found online or in specialty stores in Hawaii.)

Cut nori into 8-1/2 inch strips. Place Spam slices on rice blocks and wrap individual nori strips around each middle.

Moisten one end of nori slightly to fasten together. The remaining marinade may be used as a dip.

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