Happy Halloween Eve! I’m not dressing up this year — every year I have big plans to paper mâché a giant bunny head, or sew myself a Totoro suit, but inevitably I just end up looking at thousands of photos on Pinterest and end up making nothing. Nonetheless, I love Halloween and decided to dress-up some of my food in lieu dressing up myself.
I’m a super-big fan of Totoro. If you have never seen the film, My Neighbour Totoro, I recommend it. It’s about two little girls who move to the country with their dad so they can be closer to their mom who is recovering at a nearby hospital. They discover magical creatures in their backyard forest and go on several adventures. It’s fluffy and fun, perfect if you’re feeling nostalgic about childhood.
I’ve seen several Spam Totoros floating around the internet. There are some tutorials showing you how to create a template to cut out your spam, but I just winged it and did it freehand. Spam is perfect for cutting out shapes.
If you haven’t had spam musubi before you should try it – it’s pretty delicious. It’s basically a giant spam sushi. They’re super popular in Hawaii, where they originated. Usually the rice is seasoned with furikake, a Japanese seasoning and the spam is fried in a mix of soy sauce and sugar. I kept it simple and just used plain Koshihikari rice and plain fried spam. I thought they were plenty flavourful.
The Totoros turned out almost too cute to eat, but I ended up eating them anyway and they were delicious! Happy Halloween everyone!
Totoro Spam Musubi Recipe via the KKS Show
I recommend watching the video before making your Totoros. Also, I found it a lot easier to have all of my seaweed and cheese cut up before I even started frying my spam. Also, please don’t try cutting up your Spam can! I like to live dangerously, but really, using plastic wrap like in this video is better.
makes up to 8 Totoros
- 1 can spam, sliced into 8 even slices
- 4 cups cooked sushi rice
- white cheese – cut into Totoro tummies, mouths and eyeballs
- seaweed – cut into eyeballs, noses, teeth and tummy triangles
Trim the spam slices so your Totoros have ears. Fry both sides in a frying pan over medium heat until brown and crispy.
In the meanwhile, shape your rice. Don’t cut up your spam can like I did – just do what they do in the video and place a piece of plastic wrap into the can and pat down the rice. When the rice is compact, pull the plastic wrap up and you’ll have a brick of rice.
Top the rice with the cooked spam and Totoro face and tummy. Enjoy warm!