We haven't butchered our hogs yet. They should be ready by the first of December or so. We did find some pork on sale recently and buy some to smoke for bacon and Canadian bacon. Like our parents before us we try to waste little as far as food. So with the small scraps that were trimmed during preparing our bacons we made scrapple. Scrapple very simply is a loaf made from the cooked trimmings from pork mixed with liquid and ground corn meal then cooked and shaped into a loaf. Then it is sliced and fried for breakfast usually along with the traditional eggs and biscuits.
Here is the recipe we use for scrapple.
1 1/2 pounds lean pork trimming
1 large onion
2 1/2 quarts broth
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon pepper
2 teaspoons ground sage
1 teaspoon thyme
3 cups corn meal
Place pork pieces into large pot with water and whole onion. Cook slowly covered for about 2 hours. Drain reserving broth. remove onion and discard.
Chill meat and remove any fat remaining and chop finely.
In pot return meat and add 1 1/2 quarts of retained broth. Add salt, pepper, sage and thyme and bring to a boil. With remaining 1 quart of pork broth add 3 cups corn meal. Stir this into boiling mixture. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Cover and then cook over VERY LOW heat, stir again after 20 minutes.
Note** If you run short of broth you can use chicken broth
Pour into 2 greased 9 X 5 loaf pans. Chill overnight.
Remove from refrigerator and take loaves from pans. Slice into 1/2 inch slices.
At this point we roll our slices in flour and freeze them in vacuum bags. You can simply roll them in flour and cook.
When eaten fresh we simply roll ours in flour and brown them in a small amount of olive oil in a black iron skillet until brown.
We served ours with scrambled eggs and biscuits. This makes a nice break from everyday breakfast foods while using up small meat scraps.
Note** If you freeze your scrapple remove from freezer and place in hot pan frozen like hash brown patties. Allow to completely brown before trying to flip. Once brown on one side flip and brown the remaining side.
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