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Old 11-15-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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Warning: SCRAPPLE talk to follow....

scrapple, so far as i know, originated in the pennsylvania dutch area of the state. it is best known for being a breakfast loaf, made from pork meat and cereal fillers. when i say "pork" i am speaking primarily of pork scraps, organ meats and offal, yes, offal--got your juices flowing yet?

now, time for some good news: the stuff is sinfully delicious--or can be. in the right hands. if seasoned right. but i've had enough crusty, mouthwatering squares of scrapple over the years to know it's worth pursuing.

the main reason i'm talking about scrapple (again) just now, is that i came across a west coast scrapple website, and have ordered a one pound brick of their scrapple from them--for $25.00. well, most of that is for shipping.:) what possessed me to do that? i sometimes think i must be a little crazy, myself. but the point is that scrapple has such an incredible potential quotient that it just may - be - worth - it!!

here's what i know about this much touted pork product: the origins are pennsylvania dutch--as they would almost have to be. the genius here has perfected his scrapple recipe using pork hocks instead of organ meat and offal. he has worked on this labor of love for over 40 years, producing a scrapple that is leaner and healthier, but has retained the wonderful old world flavors that are so essential to scrapple lovers' palates.

has he succeeded in his quest to make a delectable pork loaf using pork hocks instead of intestines, organ meat, etc.? can scrapple ever survive a west coast transplant? so far, west coast scrapple is winning over veteran scrapple lovers from both coasts, east and west. middle america is loving them too.

i hope i'm not disappointed...isn't healthy scrapple an oxymoron, or at least a blasphemy? i'll soon enough find out....

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Old 11-15-2011, 09:12 PM   #2
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vitauta, you crack me up! I love scrapple and always have since my Dad fixed it for Sunday Breakfast when I was a little kid. While it's cooking, it makes the entire house smell wonderful, mixed with fresh bread smells and cooking bacon.

OMG, now I"m hungry again! vitauta, you're worse for my waistline then msmofets photos!
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:32 AM   #3
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i've had it here in north jersey, down the shore near philly, and in lancaster. no one else i know will eat it.

i found it ranges wildy from too fatty and salty, to a hearty, liver-like deliciousness. it's hit and miss.

sounds like you got yourself a good supplier, vit. although, it ain't scrapple if it's not made from scraps.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:59 AM   #4
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scrapple is breakfast pate

boil up various scraps from the head and skin to get the collagen and fat and a few scraps of meat and the broth (same as you do for fish stock or turkey broth, right?) strain. cook whole wheat meal and corn meal in the broth with black pepper and herbs and spices (sage etc) with the liver and meat scraps ...thus the "pate". It is a country pate after all. Let cool in loaf pans, cut and fry. OMG crispy porky goodness at about $1.67 a pound.

someone is being ripped off at $25 a pound. Rappa Scrapple of Bridgeville DE will ship on dry ice in the cooler months. Give em a call or check out their web site.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:17 PM   #5
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i know, i know, robo. i'm overpaying for a what amounts to a scrapple craving. but my eyes are wide open, and it's all on me. (the shipping cost is $17 for this west coast "breakfast pate") in any event, i'm in holiday mode and it's my only extravagance (so far).... :)
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:46 PM   #6
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scrapple is breakfast pate

boil up various scraps from the head and skin to get the collagen and fat and a few scraps of meat and the broth (same as you do for fish stock or turkey broth, right?) strain. cook whole wheat meal and corn meal in the broth with black pepper and herbs and spices (sage etc) with the liver and meat scraps ...thus the "pate". It is a country pate after all. Let cool in loaf pans, cut and fry. OMG crispy porky goodness at about $1.67 a pound.

someone is being ripped off at $25 a pound. Rappa Scrapple of Bridgeville DE will ship on dry ice in the cooler months. Give em a call or check out their web site.
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my west coast scrapple is HERE!! ohmyohmyOhhhMG!!! i immediately lopped a generous slice off the scrapple loaf, and browned it in a non-stick pan along with two easy-over eggs. crispy on the outside, oh-so soft and moist on the inside, my scrapple had me in pork pate heaven with the very first bite! savory with a spicy-sagey bite, this lean (for scrapple) slab was the perfect pairing for the soft and gooey eggs. an english muffin (with crannies) went with. eggs benedict--look out! :)

the unthinkable happened with this wild west coast scrapple order. it WAY outshined my loftiest expectations! i did not expect that a lean, healthy, entrails-free scrapple could compete with the flavor of the original pennsylvania version. what it did, this scrapple surpassed all but two of my top-ranked favorites, and stood up to both of those homemade scrapple recipes quite admirably.

i did not foresee the possibility of falling in scrapple-love when i place my order with west coast. what the heck am i supposed to do, send away for $25 scrapple every three or four weeks? i have given rapa scrapple at least six tries in three different states. it's a no way every time! if anyone knows where i can find great tasting scrapple for under ten bucks, please hook me up....:)
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:13 AM   #8
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If it's only every 3-4 weeks, $25 a month for a delicacy isn't too bad--many people spend a whole lot more on things they need a whole lot less.

I'm from the south and I've never had the opportunity to try scrapple. By my estimation I'd love it. Its detractors ask me in a disgusted, snooty voice, "Do you know what's in that?!"
Makes me want to try it even more.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:21 AM   #9
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folks who ask "do you know what's in that" are probably eating a power bar with unpronouncable chemicals, and drinking something blue full of corn syrup.

justniki, if my description of making scrapple bothers you, keep away from all fast food...and never watch Food Inc.

with the exception of refined salt, all food comes from living matter. killing it and not using all of its parts is wasteful. sausages, pates, soups stews, etc are all ways we use up the tougher and more difficult parts be they broccoli stalks or duck hearts. Don't be afraid of food. Get in there and discover the world!
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my west coast scrapple is HERE!! ohmyohmyOhhhMG!!! i immediately lopped a generous slice off the scrapple loaf, and browned it in a non-stick pan along with two easy-over eggs. crispy on the outside, oh-so soft and moist on the inside, my scrapple had me in pork pate heaven with the very first bite! savory with a spicy-sagey bite, this lean (for scrapple) slab was the perfect pairing for the soft and gooey eggs. an english muffin (with crannies) went with. eggs benedict--look out! :)

the unthinkable happened with this wild west coast scrapple order. it WAY outshined my loftiest expectations! i did not expect that a lean, healthy, entrails-free scrapple could compete with the flavor of the original pennsylvania version. what it did, this scrapple surpassed all but two of my top-ranked favorites, and stood up to both of those homemade scrapple recipes quite admirably.

i did not foresee the possibility of falling in scrapple-love when i place my order with west coast. what the heck am i supposed to do, send away for $25 scrapple every three or four weeks? i have given rapa scrapple at least six tries in three different states. it's a no way every time! if anyone knows where i can find great tasting scrapple for under ten bucks, please hook me up....:)
Good for you, vitauta! I can almost smell it cooking! Yum City!!!!

A scrapple sandwich with tomato, onion and lettuce is awesome too!

Enjoy your new goodies! I wish I was there to help!!!!
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