What is Scrapple?

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Since November 9th is National Scrapple Day, we thought we'd find out exactly what it's made of. Brace yourself, understanding this dish requires a lot of bits and pieces—literally.

Even though it sounds like some sort of version of Scrabble, scrapple is actually a dish that was invented by the Pennsylvania Dutch and the Scots-Irish settlers of Appalachia in an attempt to create a very frugal meal, according to Esquire. Scrapple is kind of like sausage, in that it uses some of the less appetizing parts of the animal to create a flavorful dish. Scrapple uses up the parts of the pig that can't be dired and cured, and it doesn't need to be refrigerated.

According to Serious Eats, the name "scrapple" probably comes from the words "scraps" and "scrappy." Since the traditional dish is made from various parts of a pig, or scraps, this can include pork liver, pork skin, pork fat, pork snout, pork heart, pork tongue and even pork brains. The idea is to use up the leftovers of pork and transform it into another dish.

The pig parts are stewed, ground or chopped up, and then combined with cornmeal and flour. The mixture can be cooked in a pork broth to form a loaf with the consistency of a fried polenta. Scrapple is actually edible raw, but it is often sliced and fried in butter or lard. Some may enjoy it with a condiment like ketchup.

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