“The soup that won the war”, Pepper Pot Soup. It was created during the 1777-1778 Valley Forge encampment where food was scare and depression ran rampant through the Continental Army. Washington ordered the cooks to come up with something that would warm the freeze men, cheer them up and give them hope. Somehow this soup did exactly that. It contained tripe, bits of meat and a lot of peppercorn among other things the cooks could find available, which wasn’t much! It was served on December 29th, 1777 and was an instant hit. It’s funny how something so simple can be so helpful when times are down.
How to celebrate – Try some Pepper Pot Soup. Visit Valley Forge. Dress up like a Revolutionary Soldier.
Most people do not eat Pepper Pot. Most people do not know what Pepper Pot is. If you were a Continental Soldier at Valley Forge you would know what it is, you would also be really, really old. Food was hard to find at Valley Forge and morale was going down so Washington asked his chef to come up with something that might cheer the men up. The chef made a soup out of tripe (Stomach lining) and peppercorns and the troops loved it. Maybe a little spicy, but when you are cold that’s a good thing. The soup was first served December 29th, 1777.
How to celebrate – Have some Pepper Pot Soup. (You don’t have to use tripe) Visit Valley Forge. Read about life at Valley Forge.
“The soup that won the war!” Now you might wonder what war and how a soup saved that war!?! Good questions. You might call it the most American soup, or stew, ever created and it was created because there was nothing else left to create!
Well, it seems that during the American Revolution the rebels, that would be the Continental Army, were starving to death. Farmers were selling their crops to the British Army because, well, they could pay for the food but that left the American’s without much food.
The recipe came from Philadelphia. Well, sort of anyway… there wasn’t a recipe really. It basically included nearly anything one had around them, thrown into a pot and cooked until tender. The flavors varied depending on what you put in it… the key was adding pepper! Black pepper, red pepper, any kind of pepper one could find.
As stated, one of the original ingredients included tripe… the stomach of cattle. No one probably would have eaten it had they known what tripe was but since they didn’t, they enjoyed it as much as any starving person could. And in the harsh winter weather, the pepper kept them warm!
I did not say warm and happy, but warm. There is a difference. Anyway, Washington won the war, with the help of the French who surprisingly didn’t eat a lot of Pepper Pot Soup. Here’s a Pepper Pot recipe for you. Oh, and you don’t have to use tripe… unless you want to.
How to celebrate – Dress your family up like the Continental Army and feed them Pepper Pot Soup. Visit Philadelphia. Go to Valley Forge.
Is it cold where you are? Need something hot to eat to warm you up? Try some Pepper Pot Soup! It is a thick spicy soup first enjoyed during the American Revolution at Valley Forge.
George Washington ordered his chef to prepare a meal for the troops that were hungry and freezing in their winter camp. The desertion rate continued to grow, not because the troops were afraid of the British but because they could no longer stand the cold which they were ill equipped for. The chef basically threw everything he could get his hands on into the soup, tripe being the main ingredient along with bits of other meat and peppercorn.
Desertion was no longer the issue at Valley Forge, neither was the cold… both being replaced by trying to find a way to put out the fire in the soldiers mouth! The dish was served on December 29th, 1777 and we have celebrate it since then as “The soup that won the war!”
Also known as “The Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup” you can either make it up yourself with this recipe, or buy it prepared from a number of different soup companies.
How to celebrate – Spice up your life and fix some Pepper Pot Soup for your family. Visit Valley Forge. Research what Tripe really is.