MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Stacy Slagor of San Diego, a first time cooking competitor, has won the "Great American SPAM® Championship," an annual recipe contest at state and county fairs across the country. Her "Fusion Fajitas" feature sauteed SPAM Classic, red bell peppers and onions wrapped in tortillas with a sweet and spicy pineapple salsa. More than 800 people cooked up dishes for the annual recipe contest throughout the latter half of 2009. Host fairs range from Slagor's San Diego County Fair in California to the state fairs of New York, Minnesota, Iowa, Texas, and many others. Hormel Foods Test Kitchens then conducted their post-season judging and credited Slagor for her tasty twist on a classic and delicious dish. The 40-year-old won out of 40 different first place winning recipes. For her grand prize, Slagor is off to Hawaii this spring for an all expense paid trip to the Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival (instead of opting for a $3,000 cash prize.) Slagor will attend the festival in late April with her husband, Jay. In the SPAM™ Championship youth division, 11-year-old Michaela Smith's (NC) recipe for SPAM & Cheese Calzone won the $2000 cash prize. Both recipes are available at spam.com by search words fusion fajitas and cheese calzone.
SPAM FUSION FAJITAS
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, drained
1 (4-ounce) can diced jalapenos, drained
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, sliced into thin wedges
1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 (12-ounce) can SPAM Classic, cut into 1/4-inch thick strips
8 fajita-size flour tortillas, warmed
In medium bowl, combine all salsa ingredients; set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell peppers. Saute for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned and softened; remove from skillet and set aside. In same skillet, add SPAM Classic and fry until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Return onions and peppers to skillet and stir to combine with the SPAM Classic. Spoon SPAM mixture onto flour tortillas. Top with salsa! Serves 4-6.
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