According to legend, pepper pot was first concocted during the Revolutionary War – December 29, 1777, to be exact. It was a cold, harsh winter for the Continental Army in Valley Forge. Food was scarce – farmers in the area sold their food to the British Army for pounds over the Continental Army’s weak currency. Thus, the troops created a soup that included all they could find.
And apparently all they could find were scraps of tripe (aka animal stomach), beef stock, peppercorn and a few vegetables, as these are the main ingredients of pepper pot.
Though pepper pot may not sound like much to celebrate, the soup got the soldiers through the harsh winter, earning it the title “the soup that won the war.”
Celebrate Pepper Pot Day by making yourself a pot of pepper pot soup (recipe), but don’t eat it yet. Fill your bowl and head out into the cold outdoors to get the full effect of the soup’s warming powers.
By the way, we’ll totally understand if you substitute the tripe with chicken or beef. And if not, we’ll understand that, too.
Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org