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Don’t Miss This Spam Cordon Bleu Grilled Cheese At OOZEFEST This Weekend

For the last three years, FOODBEAST has celebrated the start of fall in the best way possible, by throwing a giant ALL YOU CAN EAT + ALL YOU CAN DRINK cheese festival, with dozens of the most exclusive food vendors in Southern California, craft brewers and more.

You can’t have an all-you-can-drink festival without some legit craft breweries, that’s why FOODBEAST enlisted the help of well-known Orange County brewers like Green Check, Smog City and Firestone Walker, all bringing something exclusive to this year’s venue.

Now in its 3rd year, OOZEFEST has become somewhat of a national holiday for SoCal foodies, and this year is no different.

This year’s festival is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting — and definitely the cheesiest — festival to date, and the excitement is just beginning.

On top of all the awesome food vendors and exclusive items, FOODBEAST and KING’S HAWAIIAN have teamed up to bring you a special treat for this year’s festival.

Behold, the Spam Cordon Bleu Grilled Cheese. A grilled cheese made with dijon mustard, arugula, sliced chicken breast, provolone cheese, and pan-fried Spam, all on grilled KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet sliced bread.  

In addition to the KING’S HAWAIIAN sandwich booth, FOODBEAST will also be hosting a KING’S HAWAIIAN grilled cheese eating competition on stage, where the winner will be awarded a custom KING’S HAWAIIAN trophy.

So come join us on Saturday, Oct. 14 at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana for all the fun, festivities and of course — CHEESE. Get your tickets here.

If you can’t make it to OOZEFEST, here’s how to recreate this sammie at home.


2 slices King’s Hawaiian Original Sliced Bread

2 slices provolone Cheese

½ block of SPAM, cut in half (2 quarters)

2 slices of deli sliced chicken breast

4 oz salted butter

1 oz Dijon mustard

2 oz vegetable oil

Optional: 6 leaves of Arugula

Step 1
Sauté SPAM on low heat with vegetable oil until golden and crunchy.

Step 2
Build sandwich with slices of cheese, SPAM, chicken, Dijon mustard and optional arugula.

Step 3
Heat medium sized sauté pan on medium heat. Place butter in pan and allow butter to brown slightly. Place sandwich in melted butter and swirl pan so all the bread gets buttered.

Step 4
Cook until first side is golden. Flip sandwich and again allow all the butter to be absorbed by bread. Apply a second pan on top of sandwich to slightly flatten sandwich. Lower heat to low and wait for sandwich to become golden brown. Remove from pan and let cool before eating.

Photos by Peter Pham

Created in partnership with King’s Hawaiian

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Elevate Your Game Day With These BBQ Katsu Shrimp Sliders

For football fans, Fall is always the best time of year. There’s plenty to look forward to – the tailgating, comradery and, of course, the food. This year, KING’S HAWAIIAN is giving football foodies something special to check out the next time they find their stomach rumbling before kickoff.

The KING’S HAWAIIAN BBQ Katsu Shrimp Slider is the perfect pregame snack, combining the best of crispy and savory into one, tasty bite. Starting with KING’S HAWAIIAN Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce, a bit of dijon mustard, and soy sauce, your BBQ katsu shrimp game is sure to impress fans on either sideline.

bbq katsu shrimp

One of the best parts about this crispy BBQ katsu shrimp slider is the coleslaw, made with red & green cabbage, some kewpie mayo and some rice wine vinegar.

Topped with panko-fried shrimp, and coleslaw, all served on a soft, fluffy KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Sweet Roll, you might need to watch your plate, because this delicious tailgate snack will most likely get intercepted if it’s left unguarded.

bbq katsu shrimp

See the recipe below to create these for yourself!


For the Katsu sauce
1/2 cup KING’S HAWAIIAN Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Mirin
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp soy sauce  

For the cabbage slaw
½ head cabbage, julienned
½ cup kewpi mayo
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
Togorashi, to taste

For the shrimp
20-30 medium raw shrimps, peeled & deveined if possible
4 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups Panko breadcrumbs
KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Sweet Rolls

Step 1

Combine all ingredients for katsu sauce in bowl. Transfer to a pan and cook on medium/low heat (DON’T boil) and reduce until sauce coats the back of a spoon.

Step 2

To prepare the slaw, mix cabbage with kewpie mayo, rice wine vinegar, and salt, pepper and togorashi to taste.

Step 3

Peel shrimp and devein if you did not buy from the store already done. Crack eggs in a small bowl and whisk with a pinch of salt until completely homogenized for egg wash. In another bowl, add all-purpose flour. Add panko breadcrumbs to another separate bowl.

Step 4

Heat up a skillet or deep fryer with canola oil to 350 F. Dredge shrimp in flour and then in egg wash. Finally, coat in panko bread crumbs. Once all shrimp are coated, fry in the deep fryer until golden brown. Immediately transfer to paper towel to blot excess oil and season with salt and pepper.

Step 5

To assemble the slider, coat the inside of the KING’S HAWAIIAN rolls with the Katsu sauce. Add cabbage slaw, fried shrimp, and add top bun to finish. Enjoy!

Photos by Peter Pham

Created in partnership with King’s Hawaiian