SPAMMIN' Onion Jammin' Sandwiches

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A recipe that was featured on Alabama Live Monday, won a local competition. Sandy's SPAMMIN' Onion Jammin' sandwiches were a hit at the Alabama National Fair and claimed one of the top recipes in the Great American Spam Championship.

To make her award winning creation: Sandy caramelizes onions with Hickory SPAM, brewed coffee and extra flavorings for her "jam" which is like a chutney. She marinates a second can of Hickory SPAM with similar ingredients and fries the slices with coffee granules for texture. She then assembles the sandwiches with Hawaiian rolls and a herb butter/cream cheese spread. The judges were wowed. Here's her recipe for those who want to try it out:

SPAMMIN' Onion Jammin' Sandwich

2 (12 oz) can SPAM Hickory Smoke Flavor, divided

2 large onions, sliced

2 1/2 cups brewed coffee, divided (+ 1 tablespoon granules)

1 cup brown sugar, divided

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup apple cider

2 tablespoons molasses or cane syrup

1 tsp chili powder

8 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup herb butter

12 Hawaiian rolls

For onion Jam: dice one can of SPAM; fry until crispy. Add onions and cook 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup brewed coffee, 1/4 cup brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, apple cider, and molasses. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook 40 minutes.

For coffee covered SPAM: cut second can of SPAM into 12 slices. Marinade the slices in 2 cups brewed coffee, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and chili powder for 20 minutes. In medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar with coffee granules. Pat onto SPAM slices and pan fry until crispy.

Combine cream cheese and herb butter and spread onto bottom of Hawaiian rolls. Add onion jam and slice of SPAM to each; finish with top of roll. Makes 12 SPAMMIN' Onion Jammin' Sandwiches.