Hawaiian Sliders: Spam & Hawaiian Mac Salad Sliders with Pineapple

07.10.19 - BY Nona Raybern

When you Google recipes for Hawaiian sliders, you’ll notice a few things in common:

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
Ham
Cheese
Pineapple

Now all of these ingredients are in our version of a Hawaiian slider. But like anything else in life, we like to be extra.

Not only did we want to create delicious and fun sliders, we also wanted to make something as close to authentic Hawaiian cuisine as possible. So, we did our research and went and ate a whole heap ton of Hawaiian food from our local Hawaiian restaurants in the area.

Firstly, we wanted to include something that you’d find in a traditional plate lunch. What’s a plate lunch? It’s essential to Hawaiian cuisine and consists of white rice, mac salad, and an entree. More than one entree? Well, you’ve got yourself a mixed plate. The tradition of plate lunches comes from plantation workers as early as the 1880s, who were brought in from southeast Asian countries to work fruit and sugar fields. When the plantations shut down, the plate lunch tradition continued with construction workers and day laborers.

So we decided on mac salad. A traditional Hawaiian macaroni salad consists of simple ingredients: macaroni noodles, mayonnaise, a little milk, salt, pepper, and some shredded carrot. Is the secret ingredient that makes mac salad so good love? Maybe, probably, and definitely.

For our Hawaiian sliders, we opted to use Spam instead of ham. Did you know that Hawaiians consume nearly 5 million pounds of Spam a year? With a population of only 1.4 million, that’s a lot of Spam. The history of Spam in Hawaii dates back to WWII. This precious canned meat may have saved Hawaii from economic collapse when mainland America put restrictions on Japanese fishing ships during the war. So Spam is blessed in Hawaii and still beloved to this day.

Long story short, we decided on making some really over the top sliders using Spam, pineapple, swiss cheese, mac salad, Hawaiian sweet rolls, and black sesame seeds. These are messy, they are delicious, and yes you need napkins to eat them. But for anyone who truly loves Hawaiian food, they are the perfect bite of Aloha.

We basted the sweet rolls using the Silicone Basting Brush and topped it with some black sesame seed for a little pop of flavor. We made the mac salad using the Endurance® Precision Pierced Colander, Endurance® Box Grater, and served it on top of the sliders using the Endurance® Spring Release Scoop.

Overall, this recipe is just a little labor intensive. But if a backyard Luau waits in your future, these will be the hit of the party.

Spam & Hawaiian Mac Salad Sliders

Hawaiian Sliders using authentic Hawaiian ingredients. Spam, pineapple, and authentic Hawaiian Mac Salad sit atop fluffy Hawaiian sweet rolls for an island retreat for your taste buds.

Course

Appetizer, Dinner, Snack
Cuisine

Hawaiian

Servings 12 sliders

Ingredients

For the Mac Salad

  • 16
    oz.
    Macaroni noodles
  • 2-1/2
    cups
    Mayonnaise (Best Foods or Hellman's only)
  • 1/4
    cup
    Whole milk
  • 2
    tbsp
    White sugar
  • 2
    Carrots
    finely shredded
  • 1
    Onion, small white
    finely shredded
  • Salt & Black pepper
    to taste

For the Hawaiian Sliders

  • 1
    package
    Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1
    12 oz. can
    Spam
  • 1
    can
    Pineapple slices
    cut into fourths
  • 3
    slices
    Swiss cheese
    cut into fourths
  • 1
    tbsp
    Black sesame seeds
  • 4
    tbsp
    Butter
  • 1
    tsp
    mustard
  • dash
    Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

For the Mac Salad

  1. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Rinse cooked noodles in colander with cold water.

  2. Add noodles to large bowl and mix with carrots and onion.

  3. In separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, and sugar.

  4. Pour mixture over the noodles and mix well. Add salt and pepper.

  5. Allow to sit in refrigerator until completely chilled. 4 hours will provide best flavor. If mac salad is too thick, add small splash of milk and mix.

For the Sliders

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Cut spam into 6 slices long-wise (about 1/3 in. thick), then cut those in half. Total of 12 slices.

    Place slices onto baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip. Bake another 10 minutes until both sides are crispy.

  3. Reduce oven to 375°F.

    Melt butter in heat proof container in the microwave. Add mustard and worcestershire sauce. Whisk well until emulsified.

    Remove sweet rolls from packaging and cut in half. Brush with butter and mustard mixture and place cut side down onto baking sheet. Brush tops of rolls with mixture and add black sesame seeds. Bake for 3-5 minutes until tops are lightly browned and edges are crisp.

  4. Break apart rolls once removed from the oven. Layer with swiss cheese, Spam, and pineapple. Add scoop of mac salad and top with bun.

  5. Serve immediately.