Auburn man wins Great American SPAM Championship

Mar 6, 2012

An airplane mechanic from Auburn has won the top prize in the Great American SPAM Championship.

41-year old Jason Munson's Mini Maple SPAM Doughnuts won a blue ribbon last September at the Puyallup Fair. His recipe went on to the national competition, where this week it beat out 800 other entries for the top honors.

Munson's prize is an all expenses paid trip for two to Hawaii in April, where he can attend the annual SPAM JAM Waikiki Food Festival.

Mini Maple SPAM® Doughnuts

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4  teaspoon baking soda
1/8  teaspoon salt
1/3  cup buttermilk + 1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 egg
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 (12-ounce) can SPAM® Hickory Smoked, SPAM® With Bacon or SPAM® Classic
3/4  cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon maple flavor

For Dough: In large mixing bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in 1/3 cup buttermilk, egg and melted butter. Beat together until well blended. Spoon batter into a pastry bag fitted with a round tip or a resealable plastic bag. Chill mixture for 1 hour. Meanwhile, prepare SPAM® Rings and glaze. 

For SPAM® Rings: Remove the SPAM® from the can and slice from the lid side to the bottom into 12 slices (each slice about 1/4-inch thick). Using a 1-1/2-inch round biscuit cutter, cut each slice of SPAM® into two rounds (you should have a total of 24 rounds from the can of SPAM®). Using a straw, knife or small pastry tip, cut a small circle out of the center of each piece of SPAM® to make a ring. Place rings into a large skillet and fry until golden brown on both sides (repeat as necessary with SPAM® rings); set aside. Take the remaining scrape pieces of SPAM® and finely dice. Place the diced SPAM® into the same skillet and fry until golden brown; set aside. 

For Glaze: In small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, maple flavor and remaining 1 tablespoon of buttermilk until well combined; set aside.

For Doughnuts: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator. Spray a mini doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pipe batter into the mini doughnut tin; filling 2/3 of the way full (if using a resealable plastic bag snip the corner of the bag and pipe batter into the mini doughnut pan). Place the SPAM® Rings on top of the dough. Bake for 10 minutes or until the doughnuts spring back when touched. Allow the doughnuts to cool slightly and then carefully remove from the pan. Spread the prepared maple glaze over the doughnuts and top with the diced SPAM® for sprinkles. Repeat as necessary with the remaining dough and SPAM® rings. Serve doughnuts slightly warm. Makes 24 doughnuts.