While most (normal) people may experience the sight of a rattle snack as a clear threat to their dear life, there are others that kill, slice up, and fry these creatures to create an anecdotal delicious dish (because I’ll never try it).
Some have gone as far as saying that it tastes like chicken. The blasphemy!
Rhode Island -- Chop Suey Sandwich
Chop suey, the good ol' Chinese-American dish consisting of meat, eggs, vegetables, and noodles cooked in a starch-thickened sauce that looks like wormy mush in a dry hamburger bun. It's probably one of the most unattractive dishes on our list. It looks like a New York subway rat but locals claim that it's insanely delicious.
It's packed with umami and salty flavors distinctive from your favorite Chinese takeout but better because you don't have to use chopsticks. Sure, it's messy, but we're blessed to live in a country where napkins are plenty.
Pennsylvania -- Scrapple
Ok, this one is pretty easy to describe. Think of a Funfetti cake and then imagine leaving it out in the sun for 20 years, and that's what the people of Pennsylvania call scrapple. And yes, they actually put it in their mouths and even swallow it. Similar to North Carolina's livermush, it's basically a meat cake (or rather log, or brick) made with various animal parts that normally get sold to the glue or dog food factories (or hotdogs).
This Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy usually incorporates pork scraps along with flour, buckwheat, cornmeal, and spices. It's so dense that you can cut a slice straight from the loaf and eat it or fry it up in a pan and put it between some Wonder Bread. "A scrapple a day keeps the doctor away." I just made that up now but I'm sure I'm right.
New Mexico -- Carne Adovada
Pork? Delicious. Red chile? Also tasty, yet when you look at a platter of Carne Adovada, it strikingly resembles a plate of wet dog food soaked in marinara sauce. But, what's surprising is that even people from outside of New Mexico seem to love this dish.
So, if you're not from the Southwest just the sight of this dish is enough to gross you out, and that's why we recommend you just close your eyes and get to chewing. Be sure to pair it with sunny-side eggs and hash browns for the ideal experience.
New Jersey -- PRE&C (Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese)
PRE&C is a devastatingly overly-salty processed pork product that's a clear threat to the cholesterol levels of anyone who consumes it. The first time you bite into this sinful sandwich you should make an appointment with your doctor.
The taste isn't what will gross you put, but the smells that will emit from your body afterward surely will.