National Pepper Pot Day is a celebration of bright taste! It is dedicated to the thick soup that appeared in America during the Revolutionary War. Especially popular in the Southern parts of the USA. Have you tried it?
The winter of 1777 was cold. At this time, the Continental Army was in Pennsylvania. Frosts and lack of food caused the death of dozens of soldiers: it was simply unprofitable for local farmers to sell the remaining stocks to the Americans, because they had new bank notes at that time. As a rule, food was provided by the British, who paid in silver dollars.
The field cook saw a deplorable situation, so he turned on his fantasy. He collected beef offal, leftover meat, peppercorns, some spices and boiled it all in a large cauldron. The result was a spicy and spicy soup, which later received a speaking nickname – “The soup that won the war.”
Another version says that the dish was invented in the Caribbean. They say that in America he appeared thanks to the slaves who came from those places. Many researchers do not consider the story to be true, operating on the fact that the islands practically do not use offal in food. And even though the exact origin is unknown, the National Day will definitely brighten up this shortcoming!
Amazing Soup Moments:
- became a real symbol of Philadelphia immediately after its inception;
- now it can only be found in establishments that honor traditional dishes;
- travelers visiting the region at the height of the soup’s popularity noted that it was similar to scrapple;
- in the early 20th century, a canned version of the soup appeared. One jar was sold for 12 cents.
How to celebrate
You know what to do on National Pepper Pot Day! If you have never tried the dish, find a place where it is prepared, take your friends with you and go on a gastronomic journey. Look at the recipes and create your own version, treat your loved ones and ask them to rate the taste on a ten-point scale.
When is National Pepper Pot Day celebrated in 2022?
National Pepper Pot Day is observed on December 29 each year.