National Scrapple Day:
Celebrated every November 9th, the National Scrapple Day is observed to celebrate the first American Pork Food made with leftovers or Scraps of Pork. These pork leftovers after the butchering are combined with wheat flour, cornmeal and spices called the Scrapple! It is then sliced and pan-fried before serving.
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Why National Scrapple Day?
Since the middle ages, Scrapple is strange comfort food to have existed. This food can be traced back to the 17th and 18th-century German colonists who inhabited near Philadelphia and Chester County!
After the Germans brought this recipe, the tradition was kept alive by the Pennsylvania Dutch thereon. This meat dish is popular for its peculiarities because of the ingredients that it is made with.
Scrapple is a meat dish made using the butchering leftovers of animals such as Pigs, cows, and Chickens more precisely the internal organs, that are further boiled, minced, and mixed with spices, wheat flour, and cornmeal to result in a loaf. It is then sliced and pan-fried before being served to eat.
Scrapple having its medieval Europe origins and the tradition continued by the Pennsylvania Dutch is also known as the local food in mid-Atlantic and as well as the ethnic food of the Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch.
Even though Scrapples is found in the Mid Atlantic region, nearly 3/4th of the population would refuse to add it on their plates because of the various scraps of animals it is made of.
A traditional Scrapple is made using leftovers of Pork and spiced up with sage, thyme, and black pepper.
However, Scrapples can be made using any meat leftovers you like with your favorite fillings and Spices!
Scrapples are eaten mostly for breakfast with a ketchup, syrup, or Jelly topping! In some parts of the United States, it has a mixture of scrambled eggs!
Thus Scrapple Day was founded to encourage people to be adventurous about Scrapples and know its history! Scrapples taste best for those looking for a food adventure!
How Can We Observe National Scrapple Day?
- Visit any Philly diner or restaurant
Almost all the diners and restaurants in Philly serve Scrapples! You may also check Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop that offers Scrapple Cheesesteak at its Torresdale and Fishtown locations during November! Grab your favorite version or taste different versions of this unusual and adventurous dish and share the pictures on social media using hashtags #NationalScrappleDay and #ScrappleDay
- Throw a Scrapples Party!
Invite your friends to get a different scrapple version and have a Scrapple Party! You can have fun along with suitable music, games, drinks, and toppings! Share on social media about your fun-filled National Scrapple Day celebration!
- Make Scrapples with your loved ones!
You may also celebrate this day by preparing scrapples with your friends and family! If your friends or family love to cook, you may divide the cooking process to have Scrapples made by everyone’s efforts! You can make it more adventurous by getting creative with the fillings, spices, and toppings of everyone’s choice! Kids will love the Scrapples with Jelly or Maple syrup! Cooking helps you bond and share your Scrapples and fun moments on Social Media!
Interesting Facts About National Scrapple Day:
Here are a few interesting facts surrounding Scrapples on this National Scrapple Day!
- Scrapples were first made by the German settlers in Philadelphia during the 17th or the 18th Century
- “Scrapple” did not get its name because it was made from Scraps of Butchering animals! However, it’s a shortened version of its original name “Panhaskroppel” – perhaps (“pan rabbit “) and Skroppel (“ a slice of”). As time passed this dish was simplified and called “Scrapple”!
- Scrapples were first commercially sold in 1863 by the Habbersett pork Products that were originally in Media, Pennsylvania. You can still enjoy their Scrapples with minor recipe variants available in all the stores!
- Scrapples look grey and unappetizing because of the buckwheat flour that is added to the traditionally made scrapples to add nutritional value, flavor and also to thicken the mixture!
- Technically Scrapples can be eaten raw as they are fully cooked! But most like it when it is fried and crispy!
- There is a legend that says a man named Rasher Liverbug, a union member of Philadelphia’s Panhas Packers in 1879 was the reason behind “Enjoy Your Scrapple Labor Day”. where a day in September was proposed to give the workers a day off and enjoy the Scrapples they were producing!
History Of National Scrapple Day:
The history and the creator of the National Scrapple Day are unknown.