Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market held their very first Scrapplefest last month to celebrate the Pennsylvania treat, and the big draw was of course a cooking contest with the winner to be crowned Scrapple King.
Third place went to a pulled-pork and scrapple sandwich with pecorino cheese, and second to crisp-fried scrapple used as toast points with seared tuna, mango and avocado. You'd think the big prize would've gone to the guys who made a sweet scrapple bread pudding, dressed with a white chocolate sauce, or maybe the creator of "Scrapple Nouveau", who made a napoleon of sorts by layering "his homemade scrapple with apricot compote, blood orange sauce, goat cheese, microgreens and a polenta-pig topping." But no, 2007's Scrapple King is Nick Ochs of the highly-esteemed Harry G. Ochs and Sons, recognized for his scrapple burger and fries. It sounds straightforward enough, but I'm guessing the judges were mightily impressed by the fact that his "fries" were actually made out of scrapple too: sliced into strips and deep-fried. Truly a man for the ages.
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