Scrapple is a great example of the commoner practice of repurposing food that would otherwise be wasted and making it into something amazing. Scrapple is generally made from different cuts of pork meat.
Many people also like to use various kinds of offal, such as the head of the pig, the heart, and the liver as well. The meat is cooked until it practically falls apart, and then minced finely. The minced meat is usually mixed with flour and cornmeal to make slurry.
Various herbs and spices such as thyme, black pepper, sage as well as savory, are added to the mixture. The mixture is then molded to form loaves and is allowed to cool until they set. The scrapple is then usually sliced and fried until they turn a golden brown color.
Scrapple is a delectable dish. It's usually served as a breakfast side dish with a variety of condiments accompanying it. Whether the condiments be sweet like grape jelly and applesauce or savory like ketchup, they pair great with scrapple. It can be eaten with scrambled eggs or between two slices of white bread on its own. It's savory, porky, hearty, and extremely adaptable.
How Should You Cook Scrapple?
In this article, we shall feature two of the most common methods in which you can cook scrapple.
The First Method: Pan Frying the Scrapple
- 1. Cut the scrapple into quarter inch thick slices. Slice the loaf of scrapple thinly with a sharp chef's knife. The thickness of the slices is a personal choice, but thinner slices tend to cook faster. While quarter inch thick slices are the most popular, if you like them chunkier, try you can also try half an inch thick slices. As a matter of fact, you can go ahead and cut them into thicker slices as well. However, keep in mind that these will require more time to cook.
- 2. Fill a bowl halfway with a cup of instant flour and cover each slice of scrapple fully. Dip each slice in the instant flour separately to ensure that both sides are covered.
- 3. Salt and pepper the slices to taste. Sprinkle each slice with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Be careful to season both sides of each slice of scrapple evenly.
- 4. In a skillet or deep frying pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. The trick to making delicious, crispy scrapple is to use a medium heat for the frying pan. Before you place the scrapple in the pan, make sure the butter has completely melted. Do not use too much butter in the pan, as the scrapple will provide enough grease.
- 5. Scrapple slices should be pan-fried for 3 minutes on the first side. Place each slice inside the pan and fry until the surfaces of the bottom are beginning to look brown and crispy. Make sure that each slice in the pan has a gap between them. If you cook the slices too close together in the skillet, they will stick together.
- 6. Turn each slice over and fry for another 3 minutes. Allow this side to cook until it is golden brown and crisp. Depending on how many slices you're cooking and how big your pan is, you might have to do multiple batches of pan-frying the scrapple.
The time it takes to pan-fry scrapple is determined by the thickness of the slices. Thin slices can be cooked in 3 minutes on either side, while thick slices can take up to 10 minutes.
The Second Method: Baking the Scrapple in an Oven
- 1. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees Fahrenheit or 213 degrees Celsius. The secret to crispy, oven-baked scrapple is indeed a high temperature. The scrapple would be crispy on the outside and soft in the center as a result of this.
- 2. Nonstick foil should be used to line an oven tray. Scrapple slices will not cling to the oven tray if they are covered in nonstick foil. If you do not have any nonstick foil, you can use baking paper instead. You may also use a thin coat of spray oil on the oven tray if you prefer.
- 3. You are now going to cut the loaf of scrapple into one-fourth inch thick slices. To cut through the loaf, use a sharp chef's knife. It is crucial to make all the slices of scrapple the same size so they can cook evenly in the oven.
- 4. Place the scrapple slices on a baking sheet in the oven. Spread the slices out, leaving a slight gap between each one. Make sure the sides aren't touching each other when baking, or they'll stick together. Leaving a distance between each slice often allows each slice's crust to shape properly.
- 5. Scrapple should be baked for 15 minutes. After the oven has preheated, place the oven tray inside. Then set a timer for fifteen minutes so you can keep an eye on the scrapple.
- 6. Bake the slices for another 10 minutes on the other side. Remove the oven tray and turn each slice over after the first Fifteen minutes have passed. Put the tray back into the oven for another 10 minutes, making sure there is still space between each slice.Turning the slices over should be done with caution since they will still be soft and easily break apart.
- 7. When the scrapple slices have finished baking, remove them from the oven. You should do this once each slice is golden brown and has a crispy crust. You can also keep the slices in the oven for a few minutes longer if you like crunchier slices, and then check them again.
Now that we have learned about how to cook scrapple, let’s talk about how you can eat it. Like we mentioned above, scrapple can be served with either savory condiments or sweet condiments. Serve the delicious fried or baked scrapple in sandwiches, alongside pancakes or even waffles for a delicious breakfast.