The Scrapple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Posted by Adam Gerard

June 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM

I WAS ALONE AND NEEDED DINNER

The house was empty other than the pets, myself and about 12 bricks of RAPA scrapple in the fridge. I was hungry so obviously scrapple was going to be part of my immediate plans. But just a few slices seemed kind of...boring.

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Topics: scrapple creations, RAPA scrapple

Scrapple Pizza?! In Philadelphia!

Posted by Adam Gerard

May 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Pizza and meat go together like...well...pizza and meat, I guess. But if anyone is familiar with putting meat on top of pizza, it's Frank Maimone, owner of Rustica Pizza in the Northern Liberty neighborhood of Philadelphia.

His restaurant has all kinds of nutty pizzas, like a rueben pizza, a BBQ pulled pork pizza with slaw, a brisket pizza, and a chicken molé pizza. (His motto: "If you like it as a food, you can make it work.")

If I'd known about this restaurant before last week, I probably would have a different reaction to his scrapple pizza. Instead of, "THAT'S AMAZING THAT'S AMAZING THAT'S AMAZING!!" I would have said, "Dude, what took you so long?!"

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Topics: scrapple creations, where to eat scrapple, habbersett scrapple

What You Need to Know About the Scrapple Waffle

Posted by Adam Gerard

May 19, 2014 at 8:45 AM

I've been seeing mention of the scrapple waffle popping up around the internet. My first instinct was that it might look something like this. (Side note: #nomnomnom) In other words, I thought we'd be looking at a piece of scrapple on top of a waffle.

In reality, the scrapple waffle is much more complicated than that.

What Scrapple Lovers Need to Know About the Scrapple Waffle

There's a lot of talk about the chef who created this, the buzz around his new restaurant in NYC and blah blah blah. None of that matters.

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Topics: scrapple news, high class scrapple

Finding Scrapple in a Boston Grocery Store: Market Basket to the Rescue

Posted by Adam Gerard

May 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

You don't know what you have until it's gone. I never realized this quite so strongly until I moved from Maryland to Boston. In Maryland, and really all of the Mid-Atlantic, scrapple was available in bountiful supply at every grocery store. For example, this is was what you saw right next to the bacon in a Virginia grocery store:

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Topics: missing scrapple, finding scrapple, scrapple in boston

The Rise and Fall of Scrapple Google Searches Due to Dirty Jobs

Posted by Adam Gerard

October 3, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Are you familiar with Google Trends Explore charts?

Google Trends allows you to see what searches are hot on Google right now. And their Explore feature takes things one step further, allowing you to see how searches on specific terms have been trending over a period of time. Google even creates a cool line graph and allows you to compare multiple terms against each other.

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Topics: scrapple news, scrapple video

Vegan Scrapple is Most Definitely a Thing That Exists

Posted by Adam Gerard

September 29, 2013 at 1:46 PM

"Vegan scrapple?! You've gotta be kidding me!" I know, my scrapple-loving friends, I know. 

I had a similar reaction when fellow scrapple lover, Steven Messick, posted a link about vegan scrapple to our Scrapple Facebook page.

As reported by West Chester Dish, vegan scrapple has recently become available at the Artisan Exchange Market in West Chester, PA.

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Topics: scrapple creations, scrapple makers, scrapple news

Peace, Love & Scrapple

Posted by Adam Gerard

September 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM

The only 3 things the world needs:
 
 
That amazing image is created by the fellow scrapple lovers over at ScrappleRocks. They've put together an album of songs dedicated to the mystery meat we all love.
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Topics: scrapple songs, scrapple video

A Video Presentation to Help You Understand Scrapple

Posted by Adam Gerard

September 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

To the uninitiated, scrapple sounds gross: "Do you know what's in there? No way I'm eating that!" It's hard to really blame them.

But I've found if people understand the full history of scrapple and why it was initially created -- we've got all these left over pig parts and we need to feed our family -- people are a little bit more open to listening and trying.

That's why I gave this speech at my Toastmasters group:

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Topics: first taste, scrapple origins, scrapple history

Finding Scrapple in Lancaster, PA at the Neptune Diner

Posted by Adam Gerard

January 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM

It probably isn't too difficult to find scrapple in Lancaster, Pennsylvania -- possibly the heart of Pennsynvania Dutch Country. But it certainly doesn't hurt to know a few go-to locations when you're riding your buggy through town and absolutely need your scrapple fix. Based on the reviews from the Travel Channel, the Neptune Diner might be such that place.

Why would Neptune Diner be a go-to spot to eat scrapple in Lancaster? Well, watch this Travel Channel video on scrapple at the diner and we'll discuss it on the other end:

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Topics: what is scrapple, eating scrapple, where to eat scrapple

Making Your Own Scrapple, With a Modern Recipe [VIDEO]

Posted by Adam Gerard

January 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Let's talk for a second on the basics of how scrapple is made:

You've cut up your pig. You've sliced up your ham and bacon and tenderloin and whatever other pieces of hog you want to enjoy. That's when the scrapple making begins! Take your pork "scraps" -- yeah, the liver and fat, but maybe even some hearts and snouts -- and boil them. When it's nice and tender, you take out the pork and chop it up. Meanwhile, you've got this pork stock left behind; add something like flour or cornmeal to thicken it up. Stir the meat back in, cool and shape it in a loaf pan and BAM that's how scrapple is made!

Scrapple is delicious, and gosh darn it, it's practical! We'll never stop making scrapple the way we all know and love. Still, it never hurts to have some fun with a classic dish, which is exactly what Chef John Mitzewich has done with his "Modern Scrapple" recipe.

"Wait, modern scrapple? What the heck are you trying to pull here?"

I know, I know. But listen: it's a fun change, and it doesn't hurt that Chef John's final creation sure does look delicious.

The three biggest differences between classic scrapple and Chef John's modern scrapple:

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Topics: scrapple recipes, scrapple ingredients, high class scrapple

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What is Scrapple?

You take the pig and make bacon, ham, pork and so on. What do you do with all the left over pig scraps? You boil 'em, chop 'em up and turn them all into a mush. That mush is combined with some pork stock and grains and then allowed to thicken into a loaf. You typically slice off about a 1/4" piece of the loaf and cook it in a pan so it's crispy on both sides. And that, my friends, is scrapple. Watch this 5-minute video presentation for a bit more scrapple detail.

This blog is a love note to scrapple.

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