Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Food Frenzy Thursday: Scotch Eggs

I can't even explain how much I love scotch eggs. As my family is British we've consumed a lot of these bad boys and they are just delicious! This recipe is a simple one that I follow at least because my mother wouldn't give me her mother's mother's recipe for this one, darn it...

What You'll Need:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 10oz of ground sausage meat
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley (fresh if you can)
  • 1 spring onion, very finely chopped
  •  salt and pepper to taste
  • 4oz of plain flour, seasoned with salt & pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 4oz breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
boil your eggs (with the shells on) and heat over a high heat to bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for 5-10 minutes. I usually do about 8/9 minutes because then you know that there well cooked, but still slightly soft and not overcooked.

Drain the eggs after they've finished cooking and cool under cold running water, and then peel the shells off.

Mix the sausage meat with all your herbs, and onion in a bowl and add your salt & pepper.

Divide the sausage mixture into four and flatten each out on a clean service into ovals about 5`` x 3`` (this doesn`t have to be exact as all eggs are a different size)

Roll your egg into the flour and then wrap your egg in the sausage oval. Make sure the coating is smooth and completely covers your egg.

Dip each egg into the beaten egg, coating it thoroughly, and then roll it into the breadcrumbs and completely cover. If you want them EXTRA crispy you can repeat this step once more.

We have a handy counter top deep fryer. It`s a god send. Seriously, if you don`t have one, you`ll love it. The first time we got it we actually spent 2 hours deep-frying EVERYTHING haha. BUT if you don`t have one of those take a deep set pan and fill it with your oil about 1/2 - 2/3 of the way with oil and heat the oil until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when you drop it in.

Place each scotch egg, CAREFULLY into the hot oil and fry for about 8-10 minutes until golden brown and the sausage meat is completely cooked.

Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain onto paper towel, as this soaks up any excess oil still sizzling out of it.

Serve warm or cool. We love to serve ours with a big breakfast of toast, bacon, home fries, fried tomatoes, fried mushrooms, and plenty of ketchup :D Enjoy!

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