Scotch eggs are a special treat often served in gastropubs. They consist of boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, breaded and fried. They pair perfectly along a few pints of beer. You can serve these with a variety of dipping sauces such as mustard, ranch, blue cheese dressing or even ketchup. This recipe calls for a delicious honey mustard dipping sauce. You can swap the sausage for any other kind such as breakfast, regular Italian or spicy Italian.
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Chill time: 30 mins
Total time: 90 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Yield: 6 Scotch eggs
- 7 large eggs, divided
- 1 pound bulk breakfast sausage
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 4 cups vegetable or canola oil, for frying
- Chopped chives, for garnish
- Cook the eggs: In a medium pot, add 6 eggs and enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches. The remaining egg will be used to coat the Scotch eggs. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. As soon as it comes to a rolling boil, remove the pot from heat, cover with a lid, and let it sit for 12 minutes.
Drain the eggs into a colander set in the sink. Rinse them with cold running water for 30 seconds. Peel, rinse, and dry them off with paper towels.
- Wrap the eggs: In a medium bowl, combine the breakfast sausage, Worcestershire sauce, cornstarch, and dried thyme. Divide the sausage mixture into 6 even portions. Working with 1 portion at a time, flatten it out between your hands into about a 4-inch round patty. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but an even thickness will make it easier to wrap it around the egg.
Place a peeled egg right in the middle. Wrap the sausage around egg, forming it into the shape of the egg.
Wrap the remaining eggs. Place them on a plate and pop them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill.
- Make the honey mustard: Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mustard and honey. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve the Scotch eggs.
- Bread the Scotch eggs: Place 3 shallow bowls side by side. Add the flour into the first. Whisk the remaining egg in the second bowl and add the breadcrumbs in the last bowl.
Removed the eggs from the fridge. Working with 1 egg at a time, dredge it in the flour. Tap off any excess flour before you dip it in the whisked egg. Allow any excess egg to drip off before you dredge it with breadcrumbs and transfer it onto a plate. Bread the remaining eggs.
- Fry the Scotch eggs: In a medium pot, add the oil and bring it up to 350˚F over medium-high heat.
Use a slotted spoon to gently lower 3 Scotch eggs into the hot oil one by one. Fry them for about 8 minutes, until evenly golden brown. If the eggs aren’t completed submerged in the oil, flip them halfway through to ensure even cooking. Transfer them onto a wire rack set over a baking sheet to drain. Fry the remaining batch.
- Serve the Scotch eggs: Serve them warm, garnished with chives and the honey mustard sauce on the side.
These are hearty fare, and 1 makes the perfect snack. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days. Scotch eggs reheat well—pop them in a 350˚F oven for 10 minutes, until warmed through. No need to refry them.
Source: Simply Recipes