No More Talk About Scrapple!

Have you ever tasted Livermush? Ron Johnson wrote about it in Comments. I looked it up:

Livermush. The mention of the word brings to mind one of two things: a versatile meat, served primarily for breakfast, or a response of, “I’m not sure what that is, but it sounds really gross.” Whoever named the dish wasn’t doing it any favors. Neither “liver” nor “mush” conjures up a good meal for most people. And let’s face it, it really doesn’t look that appetizing. When the ingredients list consists of “pork liver and head parts” and the name literally consists of the word “mush,” there must be some good reason this food has thrived, right?

Livermush is such a part of the North Carolina culture that there’s an entire festival devoted to it. “Mush, Music, and Mutts,” (or, simply “the livermush festival” as locals know it) is generally held in October in the town of Shelby (but you’ll also find smaller livermush festivals in the towns of Drexel and Marion).

Primarily consisting of ingredients like pig liver and cornmeal, and generally seasoned with sage and black pepper, livermush is all formed together in a rectangular loaf. It’s really just made up of what’s left of the pig after the good parts are taken and used. It’s not far from scrapple that you would find in Mid-Atlantic states like Pennsylvania and Delaware. The only difference is scrapple has a little less cornmeal and a different amount of liver (scrapple could have more, less, or even no liver at all)

If you’re really a fan of livermush, you’ll want to head to Shelby in October to be around plenty of like-minded folks. At Shelby’s Livermush Festival, there’s plenty of livermush to sample, of course (with a variety of preparations), a fall festival on the court square with activities for kids, a pet parade, two outdoor stages, and the crowning of “Little Miss Livermush.”

“Little Miss Livermush”! I’d love to date her. If I were still drawing Ernie, I would have Effie enter the contest. Tomorrow we’ll discuss head cheese. Maybe they have a “Little Miss Head Cheese” competition somewhere.


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6 Responses to No More Talk About Scrapple!

  1. Lasse Åhman says:

    Ernies De Soto must be rare as it has manual transmission!

    • budgra5_wp says:

      How do you know. DeSoto was the first car company, at least among the first, that had an automatic transmission. Back home I have a two page ad from an old Saturday Evening Post which announces the transmission. When I get back I’ll see if I can find it. If I remember. Also, Ernie’s DeSoto is based on the 1957 DeSoto that a friend of mine owned in college. I had a 1958 Plymouth. They both had automatic transmissions.

      • Lasse Åhman says:

        Yes, but Ernie tells Sid to pop the clutch.
        There isn’t any automatic transmissions that have a clutch that the driver can pop.
        If it was an automatic, Ernie would have said:
        OK, slame it in drive!

        I did also searched on DeSoto, and I found that DeSoto indeed had manual three speed, or automatic transmissions, thou never simultaneously.

        I am sorry, I do am a car nut, but I prefer british cars, Wolseley 6/99 is my favourit.
        Mine had a three speed transmission with manual overdrive in second and third.

  2. Lasse Åhman says:


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