Corned Beef Sandwich Spread

Introduction: Corned Beef Sandwich Spread

How much do you pay for one of those tiny cans of Deviled Ham? Yea, it tastes great. But at that price it's a rare luxury.

The local drug store has regular sales on canned corned beef. My wife purchased a number of cans and used it for a number of interesting dishes.

One day I was looking for something to throw together a quick lunch and saw that can of corned beef in the pantry. "Yea…" I thought, "That could really work!"

With a few other ingredients readily available in the pantry and fridge, I put together this absolutely great sandwich spread.

Step 1: Ingredients

I don't really measure anything. Everything is measured by eye and nothing's critical. If you find something in the pantry or fridge that you think might work, go ahead and add it! That's what makes a recipe your own.

1 12 oz Can of Corned Beef

3-4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

2 Tablespoon Dehydrated Onions
or 1/4 Cup finely chopped Fresh Onions

1 Tablespoon Pickle Relish

1 Tablespoon Medium Picante Sauce

1 Teaspoon Prepared Mustard

1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

Step 2: Prepare Corned Beef

Remove corned beef from can into medium bowl. At this point, you may opt to remove any excess fat from the meat.

Use a fork to break apart meat into crumbles.

Step 3: Add Ingredients

Add a couple tablespoons of mayonnaise and the rest of the ingredients. Note the lack of salt in the ingredients. There's already plenty of salt in the beef. You don't need it!

Mix thoroughly.

Step 4: Thin Mixture

Add more mayonnaise to achieve a consistency of soft butter.

Note that this will almost solidify when chilled.

Step 5: Chill

Cover bowl with lid, plastic wrap or aluminum foil and chill for at least an hour. This will keep refrigerated and covered for up to a week.

Step 6: Serve

After the initial chilling, this will spread much like any other sandwich spread. Just slather your desired amount onto a slice of bread. Add lettuce and tomatoes, if you desire. Now cover with a second slice of bread and eat.

After a day of refrigeration, you'll need to slice bits and spread them out on the bread. Because of the beef fat in the meat, it hardens just like butter. Don't worry, there's not that much fat, but there is enough to make it hard. It doesn't taste greasy at all.

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    3 years ago on Step 2

    Made it. added a tbsp of sandwich spread and some celery. Put it on bread with lettuce and tomato. Not bad for canned meat! The cucumber comment below sounds like a nice fresh element and would add a little more crunch. Good job!


    6 years ago

    This looks like it might be very good with pickled gherkins/cucumbers or beetroot. I think I will give it a try!

    YOU TRAITOR! HOW DARE YOU BUY CANNED CORNED BEEF I'M TEMPTED TO TRACK YOU DOWN AND TEACH YOU A GOOD LESSON! that gives me an idea....maybe I'll make an instructable on how to make corned beef....


    Reply 15 years ago on Introduction

    Corned Beef and Canned Corned Beef are two entirely different creatures. In old English, "corned" simply meant preserved. Corned Beef in a can is not related to the slow cooked brisket in any way other than they're both made from beef. This instructable demonstrates how to make a wonderful alternative to canned sandwich meat spread that is much tastier, healthier and inexpensive. BTW: The bread used is the no-carb variety that my wife loves to buy for me.


    15 years ago on Introduction

    I used to take a pound of bologna and run it through the meat grinder to make my own spread. I'd add some dried onion, relish mustard, and Horsey Sauce from Arby's. Good stuff!


    16 years ago

    looks good, and you really can substitute any canned or finely chopped meat


    16 years ago

    I don't think I've gotten closer to a "sandwich spread" than liverwurst (and I don't want to know how to make that, thank you very much) within living memory, but there's a bunch of good advice in this instrucable about food prep in general, and the pictures are quite well done... I make something with very similar ingredients, only with leftover steak instead of canned corned beef ("meat salad"), and it comes out pretty good; I don't see any reason this shouldn't be good too, if you like canned corned beef... It's interesting the way food styles come and go. I think I can remember times and places where it'd be "you eat raw fish!!? Eww! Pass the spam, please." and now it's more likely to be "you eat canned meat!!? Eww! Pass the tuna roll!" (and see the history of Maine Lobster, too...)