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How to Make Scotch Eggs

by Adina 30/03/2018 6 comments

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Learn how to make traditional Scotch eggs, these amazing eggs wrapped in sausage meat are the perfect picnic food.

 

What is a Scotch Egg?

A Scotch egg is a snack consisting of a hard-boiled egg wrapped in a sausage meat casing spiced with herbs and other spices, coated in breadcrumbs and traditionally deep-fried. It is a common picnic food in the UK, and it is sold not only in supermarkets or corner shops but more notoriously at motorway service stations.

That is where I bought Scotch eggs for the first and only time in my life, two years ago during our holiday in the UK, at a motorway station, somewhere on our way from Scotland to Wales. They were a total disappointment!

Cold and gray and totally bland. There were two of them in the plastic package and I thought about each of us having half a Scotch egg in a bun. Well, my husband and I shared one because we were really hungry, but the kids nibbled a bit at it and preferred to eat the bun on its own.

But I knew there must be something more behind it, no bad food can become so famous! And the ingredients are all promising actually, I mean eggs, sausage, and spices, all things I like!

And yes, you are right, who buys packaged food at a motorway station and expects it to be good? I know, but we were really hungry and miles away for any proper food. It was that or packaged cheese, which might have been the better choice in the end.

 

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Classic Scotch Eggs Recipe

So, because I was so sure that these famous Scotch eggs must be good, I thought about making them myself at home. And I did, and they were great!!!

So good, that after making them only twice, they have become one of my daughter’s favorite foods. If you ask her what her top three dishes are, Scotch eggs come in second place lately. Number one is still the Zucchini Feta Pancakes with Herbs.

 

The History of Scotch Eggs

The history of the Scotch eggs is rather blurry. Some sources like Telegraph mention that the Scotch eggs were first made by the London department store Fortnum and Mason in 1738 at their Piccadilly headquarters.

“Even back then, though, it was a travelers’ snack: Piccadilly back then was full of coaching inns, from where many landowners would start the journey to their country estates. Portable snacks were of the essence – so, in the days before sushi boxes, the enterprising staff at the shop came up with the idea of the easy-to-hold treat that is the Scotch egg.”

Wikipedia also mentions that the Scotch eggs might have been inspired by an Indian or Mughlai dish called nargisi kofta, which is also made with ground meat and boiled eggs. The same suggestion comes also from Annette Hope in her book A Caledonian Feast (Canongate Classics)%name How to Make Scotch Eggs.

The Handmade Scotch Egg Company&nbsp also mentions Neil Chambers who claims that the Scotch eggs were a northern variant of the Cornish pasty produced by Scottish smallholders.

 

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How to form Scotch eggs?

Making Scotch eggs might seem daunting due to the many layers it has and (for me) the fact that they have to be deep-fried. But, trust me, with a little bit of organization, they are really easy to make, things will go much faster than presumed.

  • Boil the eggs or use leftover hard-boiled eggs. To cook the eggs, place them in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl of ice water. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Peel the eggs. Let them cool down while you prepare the rest.
  • Prepare the sausage and spices mixture. Remove the skin of the sausage and mix the meat with all the spices.
  • Wrap the eggs in the sausage meat mixture. You can either do that in the palm of your hand by placing a good portion of the meat into your hand, pressing it flat, placing the egg in the middle and carefully yet easily encasing the egg in the meat.
  • Or you can cut a large piece of cling film, place one portion of meat on one side of it, fold the other side over and press the meat with your hands or a small rolling pin into a rather oval form.
  • Place the egg in the middle, wrap the meat around it and form a slightly elongated ball.
  • Coat the Scotch eggs in flour, lightly beaten eggs and breadcrumbs.

 

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How to fry Scotch eggs?

  • Heat the frying oil on medium-high heat in a deep pan, large enough to hold 4 eggs.
  • The oil should have a temperature of 150 degrees Celsius/ 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use a meat thermometer%name How to Make Scotch Eggs to check the temperature, if you have one, if not add a small piece of bread to the hot oil and leave it for 1 minute. If it sizzles and browns during this time then the oil is hot enough.
  • Fry the eggs for about 4-5 minutes or until nicely browned. Take out with a slotted spoon and fry the next batch.

That’s it!

 

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What to eat with Scotch Eggs?

You can serve the Scotch eggs hot with a dip, for instance, a hot dressing or tomato sauce.

I also served the Scotch eggs with mashed potatoes, not traditional I suppose, but totally delicious. On the side we had pickles, my Sweet and Sour Zucchini, Pepper and Onion Pickles, they were a perfect match. But any other pickles that you like, should be OK.

You can also serve the eggs cold, at a picnic or a party. In this case, I would make sure to have some mustard, some chutney (not a very sweet one), some chili sauce or another hot sauce. Pack some pickles as well, some bread and maybe some nice Cheddar cheese.

 

Can Scotch Eggs be reheated?

Scotch eggs will keep well in the fridge for several days, at least 3 or 4. They can be eaten cold at any time or they can be reheated in the oven at about 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.

 

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Other recipes suitable for a picnic:

Easy Puff Pastry Sticks with Parmesan and Seeds

Spinach Feta Pie with Yogurt – Turkish Börek

Ramen Nappa Cabbage Salad with Sunflower Seeds and Almonds

Cheese Caraway Crackers – Romanian Saratele Recipe

Baked Albanian Spinach Rolls with Feta

 

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How to Make Scotch Eggs

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Learn how to make traditional Scotch eggs, these amazing eggs wrapped in sausage meat are the perfect picnic food.

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 800 g/ 1.7 lbs ground pork sausages
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 heaped tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons medium mustard
  • about 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • about 4-5 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
  • about 500 ml/ 2 cups vegetable oil

Instructions

Eggs:

  1. Boil the eggs or use leftover hard-boiled eggs. To cook the eggs, place them in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl of ice water. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Peel the eggs. Let them cool down while you prepare the rest.



Form the eggs:

  1. Remove the casing of the sausages. Place the sausage meat in a bowl. Add the pepper, salt, nutmeg, sage, thyme, parsley, cornstarch, Worcestershire sauce and mustard to the meat. Mix well with your hand. Divide the meat into 8 equal portions.
  2. There are two ways to form the Scotch eggs. You can either do that in the palm of your hand by placing a portion of the meat into your hand, pressing it flat, placing the egg in the middle and carefully yet easily encasing the egg in the meat.
  3. Or you can cut a large sheet of cling film, give one portion of meat on one side of it, fold the other side over and press the meat with your hands or a small rolling pin into an oval form. Place the egg in the middle, wrap the meat around it and form a slightly elongated ball.
  4. When all the balls are formed, place the flour on a large plate. Beat the eggs lightly in a bowl and place the breadcrumbs on another large plate.
  5. Turn the Scotch eggs first into the flour. Pat gently to remove the excess flour, then turn the balls into the eggs and then into the breadcrumbs to form a nice coating.



Fry the eggs:

  1. Heat the oil on medium-high heat in a medium pan, which should be rather deep and large enough to hold 4 Scotch eggs.
  2. The oil should have a temperature of 150 degrees Celsius/ 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a kitchen thermometer to check the temperature, if you have one. If not, add a small piece of bread to the hot oil and leave it for 1 minute. If it sizzles and browns during this time then the oil is hot enough.
  3. Fry the eggs for about 4-5 minutes or until nicely browned, turning a few times in between with the help of a slotted spoon. Take out with a slotted spoon and fry the next batch.

Notes

The nutrition is calculated considering only 100 ml/ ca ½ cup oil because you will not eat all the frying oil. However, as always, nutrition isn't always accurate.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 egg
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 553 Total Fat: 45g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 31g Cholesterol: 319mg Sodium: 1140mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 27g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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6 comments

[email protected]'s Recipes 30/03/2018 - 19:10

Yours turned out perfect, Adina. Happy Spring!

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Adina 01/04/2018 - 07:24

Thank you, Angie. Happy spring to you too.

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Marvellina | What To Cook Today 01/04/2018 - 00:17

I have always wanted to make Scotch Egg! But I haven’t gotten a chance to LOL! This looks amazing! Happy Easter!

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Adina 01/04/2018 - 07:23

Happy Easter, Marvellina.

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grace 01/04/2018 - 15:08

i’ve never made these but i always find them to be so impressive! i love your herb and spice additions!

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Lewis Johnson 12/02/2019 - 16:58

I’ve never had this but they look super interesting and delicious.

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