Washington City Paper: Are You Gonna Eat That? The Bird’s Wild Bird Scrapples

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From the Washington City Paper by Lani Furbank:

The dish: Wild birds scrapples

Where to get it: The Bird; 1337 11th St. NW; (202) 518-3609; thebirddc.com

Price: $5 alone, $12 as part of the Birdy Breakfast

What it is: A cornmeal scrapple cake made with wild Scottish grouse and partridge meat, livers, and giblets. The meat and organs, which the chef must first inspect for buckshot, are ground and cooked with fine cornmeal, bird stock, sage, salt, and black pepper. The mixture sets in a roulade until it’s solid, then it’s sliced and seared to order.

What it tastes like: In Chef Michael Bonk’s variation of scrapple, gamey birds stand in for the pork scraps found in the traditional Pennsylvania-Dutch breakfast specialty. The dark red grouse meat has a peatiness that Bonk presumes comes from a life in the forests of Scotland. The partridge is more mild in flavor, sitting somewhere between duck and chicken. If you aren’t a fan of game meat, don’t let that deter you. The pronounced bird flavor is masked by the sage and bird stock, and the result is reminiscent of Thanksgiving stuffing that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Bonk enjoys it with ketchup or a runny egg.”

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