Scrapple

Okay, be honest — how many of you have heard of Scrapple?

If you've lived your whole life on the west coast like me, chances are you probably haven't.

Much like how Spam is the pride & joy of Hawaii, Scrapple is the P&J of Philadelphia. Scrapple is best known as a rural American food of the Mid-Atlantic states (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia).

Also known by the Pennsylvania Dutch name panhaas or "pan rabbit", Scrapple is pretty much the cousin to Spam, in that it is a mush of undesirable pork parts thickly sliced, sizzled atop a hot surface, and devoured with a steamy smile.

I was fortunate to be gifted an authentic pack of Scrapple from my friend Michael, a Philly native, who brought me back a pack from his recent trip back home.

 Original Habbersett Scrapple is the OG of scrapple products. It comes in a small, brick-sized package and all of its pertinent info is conveniently displayed on the top side.

Original Habbersett Scrapple is the OG of scrapple products. It comes in a small, brick-sized package and all of its pertinent info is conveniently displayed on the top side.

 Gotta love these simple serving instructions. As you can see, patience is key when cooking up Scrapple.

Gotta love these simple serving instructions. As you can see, patience is key when cooking up Scrapple.

 Out of the package, Scrapple looks kinda like a clump of cookie dough. Speaking of which, Scrapple must be kept in the fridge when storing.

Out of the package, Scrapple looks kinda like a clump of cookie dough. Speaking of which, Scrapple must be kept in the fridge when storing.

 Look at that beautiful slice work by yours truly.

Look at that beautiful slice work by yours truly.

 Medium-high heat, splash of oil, and they're ready to go to Crispy Town!!

Medium-high heat, splash of oil, and they're ready to go to Crispy Town!!

 Looks like this one's arrived, mm hmm.

Looks like this one's arrived, mm hmm.

 The end result: Crispy-fied Scrapple, plated with a slice of homemade challa bread & topped with a partly cloudy egg (sunny side + quick cover with lid).

The end result: Crispy-fied Scrapple, plated with a slice of homemade challa bread & topped with a partly cloudy egg (sunny side + quick cover with lid).

To me, Scrapple tasted very much like breakfast sausages, ya know those little links? Except, the beauty of these babies lie in the flat surface area which allows each and every bite to have maximum crisp.

Unless you're in the right region of the country, Scrapple will not be easy to find in your local grocery stores. Though pricey, you can find them online (such as on Amazon) but I have heard rumblings that it is available in select Ralphs locations in Southern CA.