How to cook scrapple

Are you looking for a delicious and hearty breakfast dish that is both easy to make and affordable? Then look no further than scrapple! This Pennsylvania Dutch specialty is made from pork scraps and cornmeal, and it can be cooked in a variety of ways. Keep reading to learn how to cook scrapple like a pro!

What is Scrapple?

-Scrapple is a food of German American origin which dates to the colonial days of Pennsylvania. It’s made from pork scraps, cornmeal, and spices, then fried or baked into loafs. This dish has been enjoyed in the Keystone State for over 300 years! It can be eaten alone as a snack, topped with ketchup on toast for breakfast or brunch, or added to recipes like stews or soups.

How do you use scrapple?

-Scrapple can be eaten alone as a snack or topped with ketchup on toast for breakfast! It’s also great cut into cubes and fried until crispy to use as a topping for soups or stews. Scrapple is traditionally baked in loaf pans which are then pre-sliced into squares. These pre-sliced loaves can then be cut further into smaller squares to produce up to 24 servings per pan.

How to cook scrapple in the oven?

-Many home cooks prefer to bake their scrapple in the oven rather than fry it on the stove top or in a skillet because it’s simpler, less messy, and produces equally delicious results. When cooking scrapple in the oven, slice it into small squares before setting it into a preheated 400-degree F oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven when golden brown, then serve with maple syrup or apple butter.

How do you cook scrapple on the stove?

-To cook your scrapple on the stove, first cut it into thin slices. Then heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add as many strips as possible of scrapple that will comfortably fit into your skillet and cook them until browned on both sides. Serve immediately.

How to make homemade scrapple?

Homemade scrapple is easy to make, but it does require a bit of time. Start by frying two pounds of pork meat (chopped into small pieces) in a pan over medium heat with 1 tbsp of oil for 5-7 minutes or until cooked through. Drain any excess fat from the pan, then add 3 cups of water and 2 ½ cups of yellow cornmeal. Stir well, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes while stirring occasionally (Note: be careful not to overcook your scrapple because it will become too dense!)

How long is scrapple good for?

-Many home cooks like to cook a large batch of scrapple and keep some on hand in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze your leftover scrapple; just make sure you cut it into squares first before sealing it tightly in freezer-safe bags or containers.

How long does scrapple take to cook?

-Scrapple can be cooked in a variety of ways, but it typically takes between 20-30 minutes. It’s best to bake it covered with foil for the first 15 minutes, then uncovered for the remaining time. If you’re cooking your scrapple on the stove top, brown it on each side for 5-8 minutes over medium heat. The key is to make sure it gets hot enough inside so that all of those delicious flavors are sealed in tight!

What can I serve with my scrapple?

-Scrapple is traditionally served with maple syrup, apple butter, or other fruit preserves for dipping. It can also be used as a breakfast sausage substitute.

Let’s see how this is done (There’s a short video in the recipe card below if you want to see Wendi cook scrapple)

You can serve scrapple with maple syrup, apple butter or other fruit preserves for dipping. Scrapple is also a great breakfast sausage substitute!

Let’s get cooking!


– 1/2 tsp ground sage

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– 1 bay leaf – 1 gallon water

– Salt and pepper to taste

– 3 cups white cornmeal

– 1 tbsp vegetable oil

– 2 lbs. pork shoulder (chopped into small pieces)

– Cooking oil of your choosing

– 24 slices of scrapple

-To begin, heat the vegetable oil in a large pot. Add the chopped pork shoulder to the pot, then season with salt, pepper, sage, garlic, and bay leaf. Saute until cooked through. Next, pour the water into the pot, then cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, then stir in 3 cups of cornmeal until fully combined. Continue cooking for 10-15 minutes until thickened as desired.

-Once your scrapple has finished cooking, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, then arrange 12 slices of scrapple on top. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp around the edges. Repeat this step with any remaining slices of scrapple. Serve immediately with maple syrup or fruit preserves!

Can I Freeze Scrapple?

-Absolutely! Just make sure you cut your scrapple into small squares before sealing it tightly in freezer-safe bags or containers. This way, you can thaw just as many pieces of scrapple as you need at a time.


-Scrapple is a wonderful treat that can be made by almost anyone in less than an hour. It’s delicious eaten on its own or alongside your favorite breakfast meat, and it’s also great if you like to make sandwiches! You can also cut up your scraps and make scrapple patties, which are fantastic when fried. Make this traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dish today, then stock up on maple syrup/apple butter for dipping!

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