The National Pepper Pot Day is celebrated every 29th of December each year. This day gives recognition to pepper pot – everyone’s favorite soup. Though this is an unofficial holiday, it gives honor to pepper pot which is a popular stew that has been associated with the army of George Washington during the American Revolution. If you are a fan of pepper pot, then you must not miss out on the celebration of this event.
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About the National Pepper Pot Day
During National Pepper Pot Day, people conduct various activities that let them achieve the objectives or purposes of the celebration. For one, try to make their own pepper pot at home. Other people prefer to dine in a restaurant that serves some delicious pepper pot. People also shout out on social media how they are participating in the celebration of the event.
Pepper pot is also sometimes called the Philadelphia pepper pot. It is usually made from vegetables, tripe, and pepper. It has been long associated with the American Revolution – the soup that made George Washington’s army win it. Back in those days, the farmers decided to sell their food to the British, which created a shortage of food for the army. The cooks in the army then had to find something that they could cook and feed to the soldiers. What they for was the pepper pot.
Reportedly, George Washington asked the chef of the army to give them a meal that would warm them up and boost their morale. The cooks then prepared small bits of tripe, meat, some peppercorn, and some other ingredients. The chef called this pepper pot soup. This soup may have been effective since the army was able to win the war of the American Revolution.
With only a little bit of knowledge about the origins of pepper pot, even less is known about the history of the National Pepper Pot Day. We don’t know when, where, and how it began. We also don’t have a clue as to who founded it. But still, we can make a good guess as to why such an event was established in the first place. Perhaps a person or a group of people thought that pepper pot is much loved by the people. They must have then thought that it deserves a spot in the list of food holidays celebrated every year.
As mentioned earlier, the National Pepper Pot Day is celebrated every 29th of December each year. This means that the dates of celebration for this event are as follows:
- Tuesday, December 29,
- Wednesday, December 29,
- Thursday, December 29, 2022
- Friday, December 29, 2023
- Sunday, December 29, 2024
- Monday, December 29, 2025
Celebration Ideas and Activities
The following are the best things to do to make your celebration of the National Pepper Pot Day as best as it can be. This event, according to people, is just as fun as celebrating National Greasy Foods Day.
Cook Pepper Pot
Obviously, the best thing to do during this celebration is to cook delicious pepper pot. To do that, you can follow the steps below:
- 1 pound of honeycomb tripe
- 5 slices of bacon, diced
- ½ cup of chopped onion
- ½ cup of chopped celery
- 3 leeks, chopped
- 1 bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 pieces of green bell peppers, diced
- 2 quarts of beef stock
- ¼ teaspoons of dried thyme
- ½ teaspoons of dried marjoram
- ½ teaspoons of ground cloves (Optional)
- ¼ teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 piece of bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 piece of large potato, peeled and diced
- 2 pieces of large carrots, diced
- 4 tablespoons of margarine
- 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- Place the meat and tripe in a saucepan then cover it with water. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat afterwards. Let the meat cool down in the water then drain and rinse. Cut the meat into pieces about ¼ inches in size.
- Saute’ the bacon in a large kettle. Add in celery, onion, parsley, leeks, and green peppers. Keep sauteing until tender.
- Add into the kettle the marjoram, thyme, beef stock, cloves, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Bring to a boil. Then turn down to simmer. Cook for about 2 hours until meat is tender.
- Add the carrots and diced potatoes into the kettle. Cook for another 20 minutes.
- Make roux by combining the flour with melted butter. Cook this for a moment in the stove. Taste test to see if it is to your liking. Then combine the roux to the soup. Simmer while continuously stirring. Do this until the soup thickens. Taste test again to assess the seasonings and correct them to your liking.
- Serve your deliciously made pepper pot and enjoy!
Eat Some Pepper Pot in a Restaurant
If you don’t have time to make your own pepper pot at home, then you can just eat some in a restaurant. This would be better if you can invite your family and friends to fine with you.
National Pepper Pot Day Celebration on Social Media
You can also take your celebration of this day on social media. You can, for instance, use the hashtag #NationalPepperPotDay to let your friends and followers know that you are also participating in the celebration of this day. Let them know that such a celebration takes place every year and also how happy you are enjoying your day.