Spam and waffle makers are a formidable duo. The ridged plates press into the processed meat, producing crisp peaks and valleys that firmly adhere to the sauce. I’ve been waffling bare, unadorned SPAM for years, but now we’re taking it to the next level with waffled SPAM pops (made with actual waffle batter).
Read also: How Do I Stop Being an ‘Eggshell Parent’
Waffled SPAM pops are a whimsical, salty, and greasy delicacy that would be perfectly at home at a county fair. They are similar to corn dogs if corn dogs were slightly depraved.
Crispy, pre-wrapped SPAM is encased in a waffle batter that is faintly sweet and fluffy, creating a bite that would be at home at any party, regardless of the hour. (I would devour these for brunch with the same fervor as I would at 10 p.m.)
To begin, slice the SPAM. I used SPAM with a maple flavor because the company sent it to me, but you can use any flavor. Avoid slicing the cake too thinly; each portion must be able to accommodate a cake pop stick (or something similar).
My slices were half an inch thick. Cook the slices as instructed, then cut each one into four equal portions. Wipe out your waffle maker, unless you like a few burnt spots on the exterior of your waffles (which is fine; they don’t impact much other than appearance).
Prepare your waffle batter next. I used a Bisquick mix that had been diluted, but you can use any mix or recipe you like. (Your mixture should be thick enough to create a trail that retains its shape for approximately five seconds when a fork is run through it.)
Insert a cake pop stick into a piece of SPAM that has been waffled, then submerge the SPAM into the batter, tilting the stick as necessary to completely coat the meat. Place the stick in a waffle maker that has been preheated, as far away from the hinge as feasible. If the stick is near the hinge, it can prevent the waffle maker from closing properly. Cook the waffle for four or five minutes, until golden brown. Best served immediately with maple syrup.
Waffled SPAM Pops (12 total)
- One can of SPAM
- 1 cup of Bisquick baking blend
- 1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons of whole milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Maple syrup to serve
Using a waffle maker, cook your SPAM segments until they are browned and crispy on both sides (approximately 3 minutes). Remove each slice from the waffle maker and cut it into four equal sections.
In a large mixing cup or narrow, deep basin, combine the baking mix, milk, egg, and oil, leaving a few lumps. Insert a cake pop stick into each SPAM slice and plunge into the batter, tilting as necessary, to coat.
Cook for 4-6 minutes in a waffle maker that has been preheated, until golden brown. Serve immediately with maple syrup.