Peachy Spam Dinner Loaf

Posted on Jun 10 2009 - 6:55am by RetroRuth

meat-cookbook001 It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! It’s time for this week’s Mid-Century Menu, where I crack open one of my many, many mid-century cookbooks and look for the most unappetizing meal I can find. I cook it and serve it for dinner to my husband, who always chokes down the worst food possible with a smile. And why do I torture the poor man?

Because he likes it.

In any case, this weeks fabulous dish comes from this cute book, Good Housekeeping’s Meat Cook Book, published in 1958 by the editors of Good Housekeeping Magazine.  Now those editors must have been mighty busy cooking up their flavor melding magic, because there are some doozy’s in this one, but I thought I would get the most entertaining one first, which I found towards the back of the book.meat-cookbook002a

Ahh…the canned meat section. What would I do without you?  You bring me so much disgusting joy.

I didn’t have to look hard for my recipe.  It practically slapped me in the face. meat-cookbook003a

It is barely even a recipe.  It doesn’t even have an ingredients list.  And yet…it intrigued me the way no other actual meat recipe did. Canned peaches crammed into the crevices of canned meat, studded with cloves, slathered with peach syrup then baked. Oh, you had better believe it is on.


The ingredients gather together for their final picture before their doom. And yes, that is generic Spam.  It was on sale this week, so I thought I would give it a try.

By the way, I am pretty sure my mom once made a spamloaf and put cloves in it like a ham.  For some reason that is a childhood memory that sticks with me.


Brick of spam about to be sliced.  I don’t know why I took this picture.  Probably because the brick looks so very disgusting.  And look at the goo!!


Artfully placed peaches.  It may not look like the most appetizing thing out there, but god help me, I tried. 

As a side note, all three cats were circling by this point, trying to snag a piece of canned meat. Around the outside of the cat circle and the most aggressive by far, was Hubs. “That actually smells pretty good,” he said, which I knew meant he was angling for a handout.

I ignored him.


Studded with cloves and covered with a brown sugar/peach syrup mix. Just in case it wasn’t sugary enough.

So, I popped it into the oven and basted it every 10 minutes to make sure it really got enough of the peach syrup. And when the time was up, we had our dinner.



So, we divided up the slices and sat down for dinner. It didn’t smell horrible, which is always a good sign.  I always  hate having to force myself to take that first bite, though even if it doesn’t smell. I waited for Hubs to take a bite, and when he had the second one in his mouth, I finally raised my fork to my lips and….holy salt! I dropped my fork.

“This is so salty!” I crammed a peach slice into my mouth to try and temper the taste. It didn’t help much, all I could taste was salty sugar.

“It’s pretty good, huh?”  Hubs was smiling and eating his second slice.

The verdict: Salty

Not sure if I just never noticed it before, but baked Spam is SALTY.  I ate my portion, but had about three glasses of water throughout the rest of the night trying to dilute the salt sludge running through my veins. Hubs said it was fine with him, we have eaten worse.

I guess I can’t argue with that one.

Thanks for reading this week’s Mid-Century Menu!  If you have a nasty recipe to share or if you want to be a guest blogger and make a mid-century horror, email me at rkehm at!

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  1. 50s Pam June 10, 2009 at 8:31 am - Reply

    That is SO DISGUSTING looking. God bless you both.

  2. Sara in AZ June 10, 2009 at 11:29 am - Reply

    It is SOOOOO on girl! 🙂 To funny Ruth, Spam and peaches – I did not realize Spam was so salty. Spamloaf, that is funny that you mentioned that. For some reason my Grams is obsessed with it, and one year made Spamloaf in place of the Thanksgivibg turkey! 🙁 Needless, to say we were all REALLY depressed that year – not having our turkey and dressing and all. I think Sablemable, Tikimama, and I all need to come over for one of these midcentury dinners one of these days!

  3. Sara in AZ June 10, 2009 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Oops – Thanksgiving!

  4. sablemable June 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I have never liked Spam, Treet or anything generically close to it, so I give you snaps for trying this out, Ruth!

    LOL, Sara! I’m game if everybody else is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Tikimama June 15, 2009 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    I’d love to sit down to Mid-Century Menu meal with you gals! I would have the perfect excuse not to eat that horrible food, though – I’m vegetarian. So, unless Ruth can come up with a truly disgusting veggie meal, I’m off the hook, tastebud-wise! I guess that’s a challenge for you Ruth!

  6. Sara in AZ June 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Oh, I think Ruth could come up with something REALLLLY fantastic 🙂 for us all to enjoy! he he he

  7. Stephanie September 8, 2009 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I tried this last night, with the low-salt spam and I have to say it wasn’t so bad.
    my hubby came through the kitchen and said “it sure does smell interesting in here”. the final result was ok, but i think it’ll be a while before i re-make this one.

    thanks for sharing, i love reading about the dinner adventures!

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