Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Yes, it's true, the only thing left of a pig is the squeal. But, those parts are used in the making of pet foods, etc., not in scrapple.
Last year, my family and I visited Scrapple Fest in Philadelphia. The waft of scrapple frying filled the air. I was amazed how crowded it was! It was held at the Reading Terminal Market, which if you've never been, you MUST visit. The array of scents are intoxicating. They have every kind of food you could ever imagine.
I found an amazing balsamic vinegar that was far superior than the selection at my local supermarket.
We indulged in free samples of scrapple, and ordered a giant fresh baked chocolate chip cookie that oozed melted chocolate goodness in our mouths.
They had excess samples of no meat scrapple. What's the point again? It was awful! It was like having no chocolate chocolate!
When my sister visited from Florida a few years ago, we drove up to the Reading, PA outlets to visit a huge kitchen supply store. It is a foodie dream come true. I found a book that listed a homemade scrapple recipe. It called for ground pork shoulder, corn meal, and spices.
It was a good thing, too, because I really would not know where to look for pig noses. I wouln't want to eat that anyway!
It is difficult to find good scrapple East of the Mississippi, so when you visit, order a side of scrapple with your eggs and ask for ketchup, not for the eggs, but for the scrapple.
If you love bacon and sausage, you will flip over scrapple. It is amazing.