Upon moving to Charlotte, I quickly learned some of the “quirks” of the locals, particularly when it came to food. There were some really strange things people ate, but one of the strangest concepts was putting grape jelly on breakfast sandwiches. I idea of eating a fried chicken sandwich with grape jelly at 6:00AM was really foreign to me, and I couldn’t wrap my head around the very idea of it.
Today my time to try it finally came. We were brought breakfast at work today, which was piping hot from Bojangles. I had never been to a Bojangles yet, but down here the people swear by their chicken, biscuits and sweet tea. In the white paper bag was a varied selection of breakfast sandwiches, and I was being prompted by my co-workers to sink my teeth into my very first Bojangles biscuit. I convinced a co-worker to split a sausage biscuit with me, and after taking her half she passed me the dreaded packet of grape jelly. This was really happening…I was going to eat a sausage biscuit smeared with grape jelly.
Surprisingly, I liked it. I wasn’t so much a fan of their sausage, which was greasy and spicy, but I did like the biscuit itself. As for the combination with the grape jelly, I was a fan. The sweetness of the jelly really does team up well with the rich butteriness of the biscuit and meatiness of the sausage. I never thought I would like it, but I did. I still don’t think it’s the ideal breakfast, but it was definitely a good combo. Trust me Yankees, grape jelly on a meat and biscuit sandwich is not as disgusting as it sounds.
Now what Southern delicacy should I try next…chitlins, livermush or fatback? And they think I’m the weirdo for eating putting ketchup on my scrambled eggs…