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Spam Bowl Dip

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  • 1 can SPAM, ground
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 jar jalapeno jelly (red)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper


Stir together the cream cheese and jelly, refrigerate. Mix together the artichoke hearts, SPAM, Parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. Line a four-cup glass bowl with plastic wrap then add SPAM mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. When ready to serve, remove plastic wrap and invert onto serving place. Cover with the cream cheese mixture and serve.

Recipe Description & History

Each October The Great American SPAM Championship takes place at the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock. Though SPAM was born in the north at Hormel, the championships are here in the South, hence its inclusion in Southern cooking. This spicy ham product in its easily recognizable can has been around since 1937 and is still going strong. So strong, in fact, it has its own official fan club. Here is the first place winner from the 2006 competition. (Recipe courtesy the Arkansas State Fair; submitted by Michael Schwartz, Little Rock)