Eastern-style scrapple (a breakfast food like sausage)
I grew up in Maryland, and in Maryland people eat scrapple for breakfast.
Among my schoolmates, the story was that if you ever found out what was in
commercial scrapple you would stop eating it, and I did stop eating it for
many years. But now I know how to make my own. I got this recipe from the
University of Maryland poultry farming people, though I have added more
seasonings because they seem to like blander foods than I do.
Ingredients(serves 6 hungry farmers)
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 1/3 cups cornmeal
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp sage,
- 1/4 tsp thyme,
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 2 pounds chicken parts
- 1 onion,
- 6 peppercorns
(cracked!hit them with a hammer, perhaps)
Bring the chicken broth to a boil; add chopped onion and peppercorns.
Add chicken and cook until the meat falls off the bones (about 1 hour).
Strain the cooked chicken out of the broth and save the broth. Remove the
bones and inedible parts from the cooked chicken, then chop or grind the
cooked meat into fine pieces. Be careful if you use a food processor, so
that you don't puraee the meat.
Simmer the chicken broth in a large pan.
Mix cornmeal, flour, salt, thyme, sage, and cayenne with
of cold water. Stir well. Now slowly stir this mixture into the simmering
Add the cooked, ground chicken to the simmering pot. Simmer and stir for
about 5 minutes.
Pour hot mixture into well-greased loaf pans. Chill until firm.
To serve: remove from pan, cut into slices, roll in flour
or cornmeal, and fry in a greased frying pan.
Vary the amount of salt in this recipe to suit your taste. You can make
scrapple out of almost any meat, though chicken and pork are traditional.
For a different, and truly authentic Maryland taste, leave out the salt and
cayenne and substitute
of Old Bay seasoning.
A loaf of home-made scrapple will keep for 10 days in the refrigerator, or
it can be cut into slices and frozen.
1 hour preparation and cooking, several hours cooling, 5 minutes to fry.
no need to measure.
Recipe last modified: 11 Dec 85
From: cmiller@shasta.UUCP (Carole Miller)
Subject: RECIPE: Scrapple
Date: 21 Dec 85 06:45:55 GMT
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