Scrapple is da bomb. I grew up in Jersey, and scrapple was something my family would cook up for breakfast on the weekends. It was so good. I even remember how it sizzled and popped in the pan. It was like a game of duck and cover trying to avoid grease splatters!
What is scrapple? Scrapple is essentially pork mush. It was first concocted by the Pennsylvania dutch, and has primarily stayed a favorite in that area. To avoid waste after butchering pigs, folks would take the umm… head of the pig, heart, liver, and other scraps and boil them. Add a little cornmeal to the pot and voila, you have scrapple.
Now when I was growing up I had no clue what it was. I just thought it tasted good. Thinking back I’m sure the relatives had a ball watching all the youngsters chow on pig guts unknowingly.
Sooooo… I went over to a friend’s house for dinner the other night, when she pulled out what looked like chicken nuggets. HOWEVER they were NOT chicken nuggets, but pig head nuggets.
“Here try one!” my friend said.
For some reason, I don’t know why, or if it was the fact that I had consumed more than one alcoholic beverage, I put a piece in my mouth. To my surprise it tasted like scrapple and it was good!
The taste was so similar that I googled scrapple to find out what it was made of.
Fabulous. Pig head meat. I had been eating pig head my whole life and had no idea.
Aand ya know what? I think I might be proud of that!
It’s true what they say… ignorance really is bliss!