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Yee Ha! Western SPAM Macaroni and Cheese

Jeff Case of Mattydale won the blue ribbon and a $150 cash award in the Great American SPAM Championship held at the New York State Fair. The judges were looking for the easiest, most creative and tastiest SPAM Mac & Cheese recipes! Recipes were judged for Taste (45%) Ease of Preparation (30%), Presentation (25%). Winners received $150, $50, and $25 for 1st " 3rd place. The first place winning recipes (adults and kids) are submitted for national judging. Jeff has a chance to win a trip to Hawaii for SPAM Jam Waikiki next April or a $3000 cash prize. Check out www.spam.com for more recipe ideas or for a list of the different types of SPAM available.

Yee Ha! Western SPAM Macaroni and Cheese

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 green pepper, chopped

1 yellow pepper, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 (12 ounce) can SPAM Classic

3/4 cup butter

1 cup half & half

2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

1 cup parmesan cheese, grated

3 cups wagon wheel shaped pasta (hot, cooked & drained)

1. Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add green, yellow, red peppers and onion and cook over medium heat until soft. Set aside.

2. Cut the SPAM into star shapes using a small cookie cutter. Brown in skillet over medium heat. Set aside.

3. Heat milk and butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Stir in parmesan cheese.

4. Toss with vegetables, SPAM and hot, cooked pasta and serve.

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