Pennsylvania Scrapple

Pennsylvania Scrapple, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch Scrapple or Philadelphia Scrapple, is a delicious pork dish that was created by German settlers in Eastern Pennsylvania. The word scrapple comes from “scraps” which is the definition for leftover bits of food and pieces of animal fat or cracklings. The original Pennsylvania Deutsche (name changed in time to Pennsylvania Dutch) immigrants were hard working people that used less noble parts of a butchered pig (pork skins, jowls, snouts, ears, heart, tongue, brains, kidneys, head meat, liver, pork bones, some claim that pork neck bones are the best) to make scrapple. Those leftover meats were used for making original scrapple though today’s recipes often call for parts like loin or picnic. Originally buckwheat was an essential part of the recipe although many of today’s recipes call for a mixture of cornmeal and buckwheat half and half.

MeatsMetricUS
pork meat (heart, tongue, liver, head meat, brains, kidneys, jowls, picnics, legs)1000 g2.20 lb.

Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat

salt18 g3 tsp.
pepper4.0 g2 tsp.
chopped onion60 g1 onion
buckwheat flour80 g1 cup
Optional spices:
marjoram, crumbled2,0 g3 tsp.
thyme, crunbled2 tsp.3 tsp.
nutmeg2.0 g2 tsp.
sage, crunbled2.0 g3 tsp.
mace0.5 g⅓ tsp.
red pepper0.5 g⅓ tsp.

Instructions

  1. Cover the meat and bones with cold water, add salt, pepper and onions and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, skim off the foam cover with lid and simmer for 1-2 hours until meat is tender.
  2. Remove the meat, scrape off the meat from the bones. Discard bones but save the stock.
  3. Chop the meat very fine by hand or grind through 3/16” (4 mm) plate.
  4. Place meat in stock, mix and taste. Add more salt or pepper if needed. Many recipes call for additional spices, now is the time to add them.
  5. Make sure the stock with meat is hot and start slowly adding buckwheat flour stirring the mixture with a paddle. Make sure it is smooth and thick - the paddle should stand up in the pot
  6. Pack the mixture into baking pans about 8 x 4 x 2” or 9 x 4 x 3”. The pans should be either oiled or lined up with wax paper. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  7. Cut into 1/2” individual slices. To freeze, place the slices between pieces of butcher paper.

Notes

Serve in a large skillet, brown scrapple slices on both sides in a hot oil until brown and crisp on each side. You can dredge the slices with flour and fry them.

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