Scrapple (or, the Pennsylvania Dutch are crazy)

This picture is a bit on the old side, but my camera is in for repair, so you get what you get.

According to Wikipedia, “Scrapple (Pennsylvania Dutch) is traditionally a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and flour, often buckwheat flour and spices. It is similar to pon haus, which uses only the broth from cooked meat. The mush is formed into a semi-solid congealed loaf, and slices of the scrapple are then panfried before serving.”

When we visited my brother, sister-in-law, and niece in Pennsylvania last Thanksgiving, Claire decided to try the scrapple when the waitress promised to bring bacon if she didn’t like it.

The bacon was good.


  1. Don’t know. Never had it, but it looks good I gues..

  2. greenlants says:

    OMG I haven’t heard of that since I lived in North Carolina (or maybe it was Georgia). I’ve heard of this before, but have never been brave enough to try it, especially when I found out what it was. I mean I order burgers from McDonald’s plain most of the time :P

  3. Wow - that brought back a really gross memory! I’m a fairly openminded eater and typically attempt to eat local fare when travelling, but that scrapple was…not edible. At least I can check it off my list of things I’ve tried.

  4. We’ve watched a couple of “Diner’s, Drive-ins, & Dives” on the Food Channel, (some fun food)
    One place they made scrapple, and it looked gross indeed. Along with the guy’s compliment “that’s really crispy”, made me wonder, but I wonder no more…. Kind of like spam, only worse???!!!

  5. I have to say, while I’m usually game to try something new, I balked at ordering scrapple. I tried a nibble of Claire’s, and it lived up to my expectations. In other words, a gag-reflex inducing consistency and a taste to match.

    I’ve eaten lots of things. A sushi roll with a whole soft shelled crab comes to mind (legs sticking out of one end and eyes out the other). I finished that dish. The scrapple, not so much. I’m sure I could do it. I’m also sure I don’t want to.

  6. Not sure… I’ve actually never tried Spam.

  7. LOL good info on scrapple :D You could have included her fingers a little bit. I think that would have added little elegance to this pic. When it comes to photography, I always wanted to break the conventional rules of composition. I feel the more you experiment the more cool results we get :D The red nail polish definitely adds color to the pic :D Cool one dude.

  8. I have definitely heard of this, but have never had the chance to try it. I don’t think that I would enjoy it, but I would try it. There has been many different foods that I have tried throughout my life from all different parts of the world. How do you know if you won’t like it unless you try it? I have come to like many things just from curiosity. Thanks for the post!

  9. I just don’t think I could bring myself to try it. lol

  10. Sounds really tempting… the bacon I mean :)

  11. Boy. I like bacon, but I’m not so sure about scrapple. The funny thing is that I grew up near Lancaster County and we used to visit there all of the time. But I don’t remember scrapple! Just delicious hard pretzels!

  12. I’m from MD and it’s pretty common around here. I LOVE scrapple, especially if it’s sliced pretty thin so it gets crispy. Also, it’s nothing like spam at all.

  13. I never heard of Scrapple, but this looks like a meal that would be served at Norm’s or Denny’s. It looks delicious but I guess your sister didn’t like it.

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