National Scrapple Day

National Scrapple Day is not a day that everyone is going to want to celebrate. Some people are big fans of the mixture of meat scraps combined with spices and cornmeal known as scrapple, and some people don’t even know what it is.

Regardless of which camp a person falls into, they should know that this holiday falls on November 9th every year and that it is intended to introduce everyone to this dish.

The History of Scrapple

While the history of National Scrapple Day remains a mystery to this day, the history of scrapple isn’t so elusive. This dish is the ancestor of a German dish known as panhas. It is made from various animal parts including organ meats, intestines, or anything else that was available.

It was then minced, combined with cornmeal, wheat flour, and various spices. It was a dish that was eaten by the rural poor and it helped them save money because none of the meat was wasted and the whole animal could be used.

This dish immigrated to the United States with the Pennsylvania Dutch during the 17th and 18th centuries and eventually became known as Philadelphia Scrapple, Pawnhause, or sometimes just Scrapple. It’s formed into loaves and then cut and either fried or broiled.

It’s a dish that’s made in various ways, depending on who is making it, and it can be eaten with one or more popular condiments such as ketchup, brown sugar, jelly, honey, mustard, maple syrup, preserves, or apple butter. It’s also sometimes fried up and served with scrambled eggs.

Interesting Facts About Scrapple

Below are a couple of interesting facts that we discovered about this interesting food.

Bridgeville Delaware Has An Annual Scrapple Festival

Every year since 1992, Bridgeville, Delaware has held an annual scrapple festival known as the Apple Scrapple Festival. It started in the early ’90s with only a couple of thousand visitors, but it has since grown to over 20,000 visitors every year. Unfortunately, this festival doesn’t fall on National Scrapple Day but is instead celebrated in October.

Scrapple Goes Back To Roman Times

Scrapple isn’t just an invention of the 17th or 18th centuries. It even predates the Middle Ages. It goes all the way back to the Roman Empire, except they didn’t make it using pig parts, but instead made it using a rabbit.

How To Celebrate National Scrapple Day

Anyone who wants to celebrate this holiday merely has to buy themselves some scrapple and make it the way they like it. Some people like to pan-fry this food, while other people might like to boil it or deep-fry it.

It can be mixed into scrambled eggs and served for breakfast or it can be turned into a tasting scrapple cheesesteak like some places in Philadelphia do. Regardless of how you make it or serve it, you should always make sure to snap a picture of your scrapple and post it to social media using the hashtag #NationalScrappleDay, so that everyone can see you celebrating this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
November 9 Saturday
Next year (2025)
November 9 Sunday
Last year (2023)
November 9 Thursday
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