Saturday, February 26, 2011

Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs have been around a long time. This wiki article goes into the history. I've had them warm and at room temp, they are a fine finger food when enjoying your favorite adult beverage or just as a snack.

They start with a good hard boiled eggs. You may know this but stay with me. Older eggs make the best hard boiled eggs, something about the change in PH makes them easier to peel. Cook them only enough to set the yolks and avoid the green tinge that sometimes coats the yolk.

6  hard boiled eggs
1or 2 eggs lightly beaten for coating
salt for the water
12 oz loose sausage - I'm using the Yankee Sage Sausage I made the other day.
Bread Crumbs - make your own or boxed is OK too, I'm using Panko bread crumbs because I like the texture

Place eggs in a pan of cold water.

Add a generous pinch of salt.

Bring to a boil.

Once water boils, remove from heat and cover.

Let stand 13 minutes.

Cool eggs rapidly in cold water (or ice bath)

Start oil to fry

When eggs are cooled, peel and dredge in flour, tapping off the excess.

Wrap in a layer of the raw loose sausage.

Dip in raw egg to coat.

Roll in bread crumbs.

Fry eggs in 350F oil for 10 minutes.

Drain on paper towels. Let cool to room temperature. Cut in half or quarters and serve.

A couple of final thoughts. Use medium or small eggs. These are really big once you wrap them in sausage. You may want to start with more sausage to be sure to cover them all. Next time I'll likely break out the deep fryer. They could also be baked which I might also try.  In any event, they are delicious!

Until next time, Eat Well & Keep Digging!

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  1. Now THAT'S what I had been waiting for... They look and sound great. I hadn't realised there was so much science in something as apparently simple!

  2. They are good, but as I said, next time I'll use a smaller egg. Re the boiled eggs, it is surprising to me how many people mention that thier eggs are hard to peel and they always have green ring to them. Anyway....

  3. That sounds like a worthwhile dish to try, thanks for the recipe for something different.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, they are a bit different but very tasty.


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