BVC Eats: Scrapple

accept no substitutes

accept no substitutes

Scrapple is classic white-trash breakfast food, best served fried in bacon grease with honey or maple syrup on top.  For more authenticity, top with sorghum molasses.  You can get a debased version of this without the pork at places like Bob Evans, but if you want the good stuff, just get on the highway and drive south until you find a diner with the real thing.  Another recipe my mother picked up in the Smoky Mountains when she was a kid.

1 lb leftover roast pork, shredded fine
2 cups yellow corn meal
2 quarts rich meat stock
1 stick butter
1 T salt
1 t black pepper
2 T rubbed sage
1 t crushed dried oregano

Boil the stock up with your seasonings.  When your stock is boiling, whisk in the corn meal, stirring plenty so it don’t lump up.  Add the stick of butter and stir til the butter’s melted in.  Turn down the heat and let it all bubble, stirring and scraping now and then to make sure it don’t burn on.  The corn meal should thicken up a lot while it cooks. You’ll have trouble stirring it.

After about 15 or 20 minutes of this, taste it to make sure the corn is all cooked and not grainy any more.  If the mush is soft enough, tump in your leftover pork shreds.  Stir until everything is well mixed in.

Turn your scrapple into a greased glass bread loaf pan.  Cool it, then refrigerate it, covered with saran wrap laid right on the surface of the scrapple to prevent it from drying out.

When you want to eat it, slice it thick or thin, fry it in bacon grease on a hot iron pan or griddle, and serve with butter and honey or maple syrup or sorghum syrup.  Some people put butter on top, too.

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BVC Eats: Scrapple — 4 Comments

  1. Mmmm. I can feel my arteries hardening already. Though really, with lean pork and without the butter it would be perfectly reasonable. (Who wants reasonable scrapple, I ask?)

  2. Jen, is scrapple on the menu a way to identify a good local diner? I’ve found in my travels that the best way to identify a good hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant when I’m far from home (I know the good ones in Austin already) is to see whether they have menudo on the menu. I don’t actually like menudo much, but if it’s on the menu, the people in the kitchen know their job and the enchiladas and other things are usually very good.

  3. Your recipe sounds very benign (and quite tasty). When I used to hang out on the misc.writing newsgroup in the late 90s I was reliably informed that scrapple was made from every part of the pig except the oink. In fact, some said the oink was included, but warned me never to ask. I did eventually cross the pond and tried scrapple in a mom-and-pop diner in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. It tasted pretty much like a coarse sausagemeat patty, oozing in grease. I didn’t manage to finish it all, but at least I tried.