Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Scottish Recipes - Scotch Eggs

Many things in Scotland are deep fried

We are a nation of deep fryers

The most notorious of all being the deep fried Mars Bar (a mars bar in Scotland is the same as milky way in USA)

So, the other day I bought a deep fryer.

Yes I did.

I haven't owned one of these since I was first married, I remember tossing out my old one and saying that I will never deep fry anything again, it has been nearly 15 years since I owned a fryer. Yes I know, a long time.... so now that I have one again I get to make all the deep fried stuff...

Will I make deep fried mars bars? Oh, You know I will.....

But today I am making Scotch Eggs

Scotch Egg

For those who don't know what a Scotch egg is, its a hard boiled egg, shell removed, wrapped in sausage meat and dipped in breadcrumbs and fried. Oh yes, doesn't that sound dreamy, kind of Breakfasty sounding actually, but us Scots eat these for dinner

I love Scotch Eggs, they serve them here in Texas in our local British pub, and I would get them from time to time but I have never actually made a Scotch Egg from scratch, as they are everywhere in Scotland, in supermarket deli's,  so here goes....

This is a recipe my mum and dad sent me from a local Scottish newspaper pull out (Thanks Mum and Dad)

Makes 4

You will need

4 Large eggs (hard boiled)
300g/10oz sausage meat (Scottish sausage meat would be ideal and authentic but I used American breakfast sausage)
1tbsp Plain or All-purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
100g/3oz fresh breadcrumbs
Vegetable Oil, for deep frying


  • First, hard boil the eggs, cool under running cold water

  • Peel carefully, making sure no shell is left

  • Mix flour, salt and pepper and turn out onto a plate
Flour, salt, pepper

  • In a separate small bowl, beat the other egg. In another larger bowl, pour in the Breadcrumbs(I used store handmade breadcrumbs)

  • Separate sausage meat into 4 equal parts and flatten on a floured surface
breakfast sausage

  • Drop the eggs, one at a time, into the flour, covering egg, then work the sausage meat around the egg until its a good shape
egg rolled in flour
egg covered with sausage

  • brush with beaten egg
brush with egg

  • then roll in breadcrumbs until evenly covered
roll in breadcrumbs

  • Heat oil to a temp of 150C/300F

  • Fry the eggs for 6-8 minutes until golden. remove and drain well on kitchen roll
deep fried Scotch Egg
Scotch Egg

  • Slice in half and enjoy with a nice side salad or indeed Scottish Brown Sauce 

Scotch Egg

Scotch Eggs are great for breakfast, lunch and dinner and for picnics, snacks and parties

These are so good, why oh why is it that deep fried food tastes so flavorsome?

Think there might be a few more deep fried things coming your way

I need to get use out of my new fryer, right?


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  1. brown sauce....oh u mean jaggy sauce.lol

    1. Haha, never heard it being called jaggy sauce beifre, I like that :)

  2. This looks really great, I can't wait to try it!

    Tamika @ www.notimefortea.com

  3. Wow! This looks delicious. Would love it if you submit this recipe to a link party at

  4. Thank you for dropping by, i will pop on over :)

  5. Wow these look so good!!!

    Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

    1. Thank you, they were a big hit with the family :)

  6. YUM! If I had a fryer I'd make them right now.

    1. Sometimes we all need a bit of deep fried food :) i finally gave in and bought one :)

  7. Yummy. Stopping by from I Gotta Try That

  8. We make these several times a year. Love them!!!

  9. Sorry to say, Scotch Eggs are not Scottish. Though they are eaten regularly in Scotland, they were in fact invented in England.


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