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Bostonians slice into cream pie, Buffalo residents take their beef on weck and Cincinnatians slurp down Skyline Chili on spaghetti. New Orleanians inhale beignets while Andrew Little, executive chef at Sheppard Mansion, and his fellow Pennsylvania Dutch compatriots prefer their pork scrappled.
Maybe you've heard of some of these local specialties and maybe you haven't - but for every region, there is that idiosyncratic food that reminds them of home.
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Spices and buckwheat flour are added while the pork is cooking, and the entire mix is poured into loaf pans to chill and set. Once chilled, thick slices are cut and pan-fried.
If you want to start a spirited conversation in central Pennsylvania, ask someone if they eat their scrapple with ketchup or syrup...be prepared for a detailed answer!"
2. Hog Maw
Traditionally, hog maw is a stuffed pig's stomach. The stomach is cleaned and stuffed with diced potatoes and loose pork sausage. Roasted in the oven and basted frequently, the stomach turns an intoxicating shade of mahogany and becomes very crispy. Inside, the sausage, potato and spices have melded into what can only be described as an amazing treat."
3. Watermelon pickles
With watermelon pickles, we are able to use the rind (once peeled and poached in simple syrup, vinegar and spices) well into the fall and winter. These little gems are one of the stars of the holiday table."
4. Shoofly pie
It consists of a lard-based pie shell, a custard-y molasses layer and a crumb topping. The debate enters if you ask how much of a 'wet bottom' people prefer. Some folks like it dry, some like it very wet. Bottom line is, if you cut a slice of warm shoofly pie and top it with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream, you're eating high on the hog!"
5. Schnitz un knepp
In providing a 'New Pennsylvania Dutch' realization to this dish, I use rabbit, gnocchi, country ham, sage and reduced apple cider to create a wonderful dish inspired by this classic."
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