Aaah, the joy of breakfast. Who doesn't want to have the whole spread on the table, with lots of choices to choose from? Sure, it may seem heavy, but isn't that why breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
You've got to bulk up on delicious and nutritious food before a whole day of work! If you're wondering about what types of food to lay down on the kitchen table for a good breakfast, then you may want to check scrapple, which is popular with many favorite breakfast foods around the world. But what is this food and how to cook scrapple in the first place?
Read on as I show you how to cook scrapple correctly to get a complete and delicious breakfast!
What Is Scrapple?
You've probably just heard of scrapple, or it sounds familiar in some areas. Scrapple is also known as Pannhaas, which is Pennsylvania Dutch. It's also called pan rabbit, which isn't rabbit, but a combination of pork scraps and trimmings with cornmeal and wheat flour, sometimes with buckwheat flour and spices for more seasoning.
It is semi-solid and like meatloaf. The reason it's called scrapple is that it's made out of scraps of meat from butchering or those left unsold to avoid waste. It has become a favorite for many, with it known around the Mid-Atlantic states.
The meat is usually made out of hog offal, which is the head, liver, heart, and other trimmings. It's boiled with its bones (usually the whole head) to create a broth. The broth is used to boil cornmeal to create a mush, and then the meat is added with seasonings. It then turns to a load you now know as scrapple, then cooled down and cut into portions.
Today, you can find scrapple in supermarkets, either the fresh or frozen food section. You can also now find scrapple not only in pork form but beef and turkey varieties as well!
It's usually a breakfast side dish served plain or with various condiments. I love it as a sandwich or alone!
How to Cook Scrapple
Scrapple is a delicious breakfast side you can also use for either lunch or dinner, but how do you cook it perfectly? Here is the recipe to follow so you can make the best scrapple for any time of the day. Take note that this recipe uses pork sausages to make it easier to find the ingredients while lessening the hassle (though the chilling time is quite long!). It's equally delicious and worth the time you put into it!
Take note that this recipe takes about 12 hours because of the refrigeration process. It serves up to eight people.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 1 1/2 pounds of ground pork sausage
- 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
- One cup of yellow cornmeal
- 1/8 teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper
- Oil for frying the scrapple (optional)
Now, on to the steps:
1. Place the ground pork in a skillet and let it cook over medium heat until the meat is evenly brown. Once it is cooked, pour the meat over the colander and rinse it under cold water to drain it from excess liquids and break the meat into pea-sized pieces.
2. Return the meat to the skillet, adding the condensed milk. Let it cook over medium until the mixture begins to bubble. Stir it in the cornmeal and pepper and then reduce the heat to let it simmer. Then continue to let it cook for about five minutes. By then, the mush should be stiff.
3. Pack the mush into an 8x4 loaf pan and cover it with a plastic wrap, letting it chill overnight. I recommend you to chill it for about 10 to 12 hours. Once it is chilled and set, you can slice it to continue cooking, or store it in the freezer properly until it's ready to use.
4. To cook the scrapple, cut the loaf into slices about a quarter to half-inch thick. While you slice the scrapple, preheat the pan on the stove under medium heat. Add the oil once the pan is heated enough. The oil is optional, as the scrapple has enough grease to use. But opt for a nonstick skillet to ensure easy cooking, and so the scrapple won't stick to it.
5. Put the pieces of scrapple on the pan, leaving at least half an inch of space between each slice. Then let each side to cook for about five minutes or once the side that's cooking becomes crispy and turns brown. Flip the scrapple and let it cook for five minutes again or until the piece is also brown and crispy.
6. Take the cooked scrapple off the pan and turn off the heat once you're done. Place it on a dish with paper towels to reduce the oil. Let it cook for a few minutes and serve it with your favorite condiments or main breakfast dishes. Enjoy!
More Tips on Cooking Scrapple Perfectly
Now that you know how to cook scrapple, what are other ways you can follow to make it an even better dish for your family to love? Here are some pro-tips you can follow:
- Pressed for time? Then you can simply purchase scrapple from your local supermarket and pan-fry it at home. Cook the scrapple similarly as to how you would cook any type of meatloaf.
- I recommend that you pair the scrapple with eggs or on a sandwich. You can even have it on the side with either oatmeal or pancakes as well for a blend of sweet and savory. For those who want to try something new, you'll love the taste of scrapple alone with maple syrup or ketchup.
- Be sure that you slice the scrapple into thin slices to allow thorough cooking. Avoid overcrowding the pan to ensure that the cooking process is consistent and won't be confusing.
- Uncooked scrapple can last for a few months in the freezer, as long as you store it properly. Keep it in an airtight container if you don't plan on using it yet. For cooked scrapple, it can last for up to one week in the fridge. Consume it before then. It's best served hot from the stove, though!
When it comes to whipping up a grand breakfast, you must have all the delicious sides to go with it as well. Don't settle for the typical beans and ham only, but try adding scrapple on the table another traditional and excellent type of food that anyone will appreciate. Easy to cook and prepare, you can start making this in your home today!
I hope that this article on how to cook scrapple helped you become more knowledgeable on what you need to know about this breakfast side. So what are you waiting for? If you want to know how to cook scrapple for your next dish, then follow these steps and perfect the recipe today!
If you have any questions or would like to share your tips on how to cook scrapple, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.