Cracker Kabobs Tutorial

Posted on Feb 9 2011 - 8:00am by RetroRuth

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So, I might not have had the best time watching the Super Bowl, but I had a great time cooking for it. After I finished the fun stuff for our two person Super Bowl Party (Artichoke dip, taco dip and buffalo chicken meatballs), I broke out the mid-century snacks because…well…I had too. I had the greatest snack book ever!

Check out this beauty.  It’s the Appetizer Book from Good Housekeeping and was published in 1958. It is filled with the most amazing crap to serve. Really. And one of the greatest things is right on the cover. Crackers, olives and Spam on toothpicks and jammed into a candle!

And the daisies are a nice touch, too.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the proper-sized unscented candle (vanilla scented Spam? Really? That stuff is bad enough on its own!) so I decided to take the easy way out, and just shove everything into a grapefruit.


The ingredients here are mixed with those for Planetary Frankfurters, which are hilarious and are coming up next week!


Ah, Spam. How mid-century housewives loved you.


Cubed up and ready to go.

As a side note, we gave one of our cats a piece of Spam, which she gobbled down faster than anything that has ever been in her mouth before. It turned her into a Spam-crazed maniac for the rest of the day, jumping from counters to tables frantically trying to grab another piece.

It’s powerful, powerful stuff people. Use with caution.


Anyway, on to the Snack Ball.

Take a toothpick and a cracker.


Insert toothpick into cracker.


Add a chunk of whatever you have laying around.  In this case, it is a piece of Spam, complete with the meaty gelatin that clings to the Spam when you de-can it.


Add a chunk of something else.


Perfect every time.


Then take your kabob and plunge it into an unsuspecting grapefruit.

Warning: Grapefruits WERE harmed in the making of this recipe.


Vary as much or as little as you like until you run out of cubes or space on your grapefruit.


Gorgeous, isn’t it? Like a Mid-Century Medusa.


Tom, unnecessarily jamming and entire cracker kabob into his mouth.


This is the look I got when I told him to stop it.


And this is him chewing said kabob.


And this is him not being impressed.

The Verdict: Fun. Basically just cheese and crackers jammed in a grapefruit. Definitely a different way to serve snacks.  Some bologna or  sausage can be substituted for the Spam, or you can just leave it out altogether. A big plus is how easy it is!

Hmmm…I wonder how they would taste jammed into a bacon-scented candle…

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  1. Sara in AZ February 9, 2011 at 10:51 am - Reply

    A candle as an appetizer holder thingy = awesome! 🙂 hee! That is hilarious! But a grapefruit, even better! Ummmmmm wait, why wasn’t I invited over for the big super bowl party??? I love dip! And Tom not being impressed by your cracker making ability, well that is just sad. LOVE that “not impressed” pic!

  2. Eartha Kitsch February 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I have that book too but have never noticed that they maimed a candle! I’m going to take your advice about never giving Spam to a cat. Cats have addictive personalities and Spam is just the kind of thing that would make them tweeked out junkies. I can’t wait to see the Planetary Frankfurters! (which would make a great band name by the way!)

  3. Barbara February 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    You are aware that Spam is “precooked”, right?

    That was truly one original recipe!

  4. Toni February 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Spam may be precooked, but eating it without cooking off some of the fat… *shudder*

  5. Mary Toodles May 1, 2011 at 11:11 am - Reply

    But it’s LITE Spam…HA You’ve inspired me. I just bought this GH Recipe booklet from ebay…No kidding!

  6. Amy May 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    oh yeah! I remember these – growing up in the 1970’s these were popular on party tables.

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