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Culinary Delight......well, maybe not

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. That's what they say anyway. So when we ran across Scapple in the grocery store we had to give it a try.

Scapple, also known by the Pennsylvania Dutch name Pannhaas or "pan rabbit", is traditionally a mush of pork scraps, that weren't used for anything else, and trimmings combined with cornmeal and wheat flour, often buckwheat flour, and spices. Scrapple is best known as an American food of the Mid-Atlantic states (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia). Scapple and panhaas are commonly considered an ethnic food of the Pennsylvania Dutch, including the Mennonites and Amish.

We had never heard of such a thing and of course had to give it a try. It's very similar in appearance to Spam but is really nothing like it. The inclusion of cornmeal and wheat flour changes the texture and flavor dramatically. We sliced and fried it up like Spam but the texture remained quite soft almost like the texture of polenta. It wasn't horrible but I can't say I would go our of my way to have it again.



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