Scotch Eggs: A Simple and Delectable Dish
Scotch eggs are an exquisite delicacy that originated from the United Kingdom. They’re the perfect combination of a soft or hard-boiled egg encased in sausage meat, rolled in bread crumbs, and then deep-fried or baked to a golden-brown perfection. The result is a mouth-watering delicacy with a crunchy exterior and a savory interior that’s a delightful surprise for the taste buds.
In this guide, I will walk you through a simple and easy recipe to help you make your very own homemade Scotch eggs.
- 6 large eggs
- 400g sausage meat
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)
- 1 teaspoon mustard (optional)
Step 1: Boil the Eggs
Start by boiling four of the eggs. Place them in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the eggs simmer for about 9 minutes for a slightly soft yolk, or 12 minutes for a fully set yolk. While waiting, prepare an ice bath by filling a bowl with cold water and ice. Once the eggs are done, transfer them immediately into the ice bath. This process, known as ‘shocking’, will cool them quickly and stop the cooking process, ensuring your eggs are perfectly cooked.
Step 2: Prepare the Sausage Mixture
While the eggs are cooling, place the sausage meat in a large bowl. If you’d like to add extra flavor, mix in the chopped parsley and mustard. Divide the mixture into four equal parts.
Step 3: Peel and Wrap the Eggs
Once the boiled eggs are cool, peel them carefully to avoid breaking them. Flatten one portion of the sausage meat into a patty in the palm of your hand. Place one boiled egg in the middle and gently shape the meat around the egg. Make sure the egg is fully enclosed with no parts showing through. Repeat the process with the remaining eggs.
Step 4: Bread the Eggs
This is where your remaining two eggs come in. Beat them in a bowl, this will act as an egg wash. Place the flour and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. Roll each sausage-wrapped egg in the flour until fully coated, then dip into the beaten egg, and finally roll in the breadcrumbs until well covered. Ensure each egg is fully coated at each step for the best results.
Step 5: Fry the Eggs
Heat the vegetable oil in a deep pan or deep-fryer until it reaches around 170°C (338°F). Use enough oil to completely submerge the eggs. Carefully lower each egg into the hot oil using a slotted spoon. Fry for about 4-5 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
Step 6: Drain and Serve
Once cooked, carefully remove the Scotch eggs from the oil using a slotted spoon and transfer them onto a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain off the excess oil. Let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
Scotch eggs can be enjoyed warm or cold, making them an excellent option for picnics or packed lunches. They are traditionally served with a side of salad and pickles, but you can pair them with any side of your choice.
This recipe is a basic version of Scotch eggs. If you want to add a twist to it, you can experiment with different types of sausage meat or add additional seasonings to the meat. Some people even like to add a layer of mashed potato before the breadcrumb coating for an extra level of flavor and texture.
Despite their seemingly complex appearance, Scotch eggs are relatively easy to make at home. By following these steps, you’ll be able to create your own delectable Scotch eggs in no time. Enjoy the process and most importantly, enjoy your homemade Scotch eggs!