I saw a brief mention of Scotch Eggs recently, and they sounded very interesting, so I went on an internet hunt to find some more information on them. First off I found the recipe for them on Britainexpress.com, it is as follows:
This recipe makes 6 Scotch eggs.
6 hard-cooked eggs, well chilled
1 pound breakfast sausage
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup fine bread crumbs
Vegetable oil for frying
Peel eggs and set aside. Divide sausage into 6 portions. Roll each egg in flour and with hands press a portion of the sausage around each egg.
Dip sausage-wrapped eggs into beaten eggs and roll in bread crumbs. Heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cook each egg in oil about 4-5 minutes or until sausage is cooked and browned. Drain on paper toweling. Serve warm.
These sounds unreasonably unhealthy, but they also sound unreasonably yummy!! Upon poking around on the internet, I also found some more information on these little things on Wikipedia.com (of course this is all user written, so it should be taken as such):
A Scotch egg consists of a cold hard-boiled egg removed from its eggshell, wrapped in a sausage meat mixture, coated in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried. The dish was invented by the London food shop Fortnum & Mason, in 1738. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a Scottish dish. Scotch eggs are commonly eaten cold, typically with salad and pickles.
Scotch eggs were traditionally a picnic food, designed to be eaten fresh. However, in the UK at least, they have acquired an unfashionable, down market reputation due to the preponderance of pre-packed, plastic-wrapped Scotch eggs sold at convenience stores and motorway service stations.
In the United States, many so-called "English-style" pubs and eateries serve fresh-made scotch eggs. These are usually served hot, with dipping sauces such as ranch dressing, hot sauce, or hot mustard sauce. At the Minnesota State Fair, true to fair tradition, scotch eggs are served on a stick.
Miniature versions of scotch eggs are also widely available in British supermarkets and are sold under the name 'savoury eggs', 'picnic eggs', 'party eggs' or similar. These contain a chopped, rather than whole, egg filling, sometimes combined with mayonnaise.
In West Africa, some fast-food restaurants offer scotch eggs alongside their other menu items. In Nigeria, Tantalizers and Mr. Biggs both prominently feature scotch eggs.
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I think I will try this recipe at home first and see how well it goes, I can see that it might take a little practice to make sure the sausage coating doesn’t fall off or crack. If it turns out good, this might be another one I try at a reenactment.
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