Monday, 31 October 2016

Scotch eggs - How to make scotch eggs

There's this feeling of nostalgia that comes with scotch eggs when it's brought up in a conversation. I guess it has to do with the fact that it was one of the snacks introduced into the country when the first set of fast foods were established. Back then when you think of getting snacks to munch on, scotch eggs would definitely be part of the haul. 
Scotch egg is a popular tasty snack. It is quite similar to egg rolls but unlike egg rolls which is simply egg covered with dough, scotch egg is covered with sausage meat. 
Homemade scotch eggs is definitely tastier than any pre-packed scotch egg you can think of - Hands down. I just feel they don't make it as good as they used to make it back in the good ol' days were you'd have to bite through the soft layers of sausage before you get to the egg within. These days, you can already see the egg by merely looking at it in the show glass. This is why, i prefer making my own scotch eggs myself. That way, i get to decide the quantity of sausage i want around each egg. If you do try this recipe, do let me know how it goes. 
P.S: When buying sausages for scotch eggs, make sure you do a thorough check so you don't buy any pinkish looking sausage like this. When sausage is cooked, it's supposed to have a dramatic change in color from slight pink to a grayish cooked color. I probably had to learn the hard way after purchasing this product, cooking it for over 20 minutes and it still retained it's pink tint. Although it actually depends on the sausage as some brands of sausages can still be pink no matter how much you cook them, It's also very possible for sellers to put a little red food dye in the sausage to make the meat look more "attractive" when raw. In conclusion, if any sausage you intend eating still looks "RAW" after cooking for a while have it at the back of your mind that it has some additives that are not healthy for consumption. So, check the sausage you intend buying before using it. Since the wrong sausage was used for this post, it'd be taken down and remade very soon. Until then, it'd stay up as a guide to help you in your sausage search. 

How to make scotch eggs
• Prep Time:  20 minutes
• Cook Time: 20 minutes
• Total Time: 40 minutes
• Makes:        8 scotch eggs

Tools you'd need:::
• Rolling pin
• Transparent plastic nylon or cling film
• Flat working surface/ chopping Board
• Rolling pin
• Frying Pan
• Mixing Bowl

Ingredients::: 
• 500g sausage meat
• 8 medium sized eggs
• 1 cup all purpose flour
• 1 cup fine dried breadcrumbs
• 2 eggs - For egg wash
• 1 tsp. Pepper - Optional
• 1 tsp. Nutmeg - Optional 
• 1 tsp. salt 
• Cooking oil for deep frying

Directions:::
Step 1: Get three bowls. Pour the all purpose flour in one bowl, Pour the bread crumbs in the second bowl, Crack open the 2 eggs in the final bowl and whisk - Set this aside.

Step 2: Place the 8 eggs in a pot of water and boil till you see cracks on the shell. By then you'll know it's hard boiled. Drain off the hot water and run the eggs through cold water immediately. This helps the shell come off smoothly. Remove the egg shell and set aside.


Step 3: Place the sausage in a medium sized bowl and add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Mix thoroughly to combine, Then divide into 8 portions.

Step 4: Open up the plastic bag and place one portion of sausage meat. Close the plastic bag and roll out the sausage meat with the rolling pin.


Step 5: Place one hard boiled egg in the center of the flattened sausage and mold the sausage around the egg using the nylon into a round ball.

Step 6: Roll the wrapped egg in flour, then dip in the beaten egg and finally dip in the breadcrumbs and coat generously.


Step 7: Heat the cooking oil in a deep pan till very hot then gently lower the wrapped eggs into the oil. Leave to deep fry for about 7-10 minutes on one side, turn and do the same on the other side on low heat till golden brown while turning consistently.

Step 8: Remove the scotched eggs from the oil and drain on a paper towel. Leave to cool slightly then Serve!


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7 comments:

  1. elodiego7:05 pm

    For the sausage,is it raw sausage?and it is beef sausage? Where do I get breadcrumbs in Nigeria?
    Thanks.

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    1. Anie...8:09 pm

      @Elodiego, yes it is beef sausage and yes it is raw. You can make your own bread crumbs using bread itself or the brown parts of a loaf. Take just a little quantity and tear into tiny shreads, oven dry then using your hands,or a blender or small mortar and pestle, you grind it into powdered form. You jave your bread crumbs.

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    2. Hi elodiego, Anie is right but here's a little addition. Most sausages are made from minced pork meat and sometimes beef.

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  2. Anonymous1:16 pm

    pls y is d colour of your sausage meat pinkish

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    1. it's quite embarrassing to say, but i'd have to admit that the wrong sausage (more like fake sausage) was used for this.

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  3. Ebukah6:40 am

    Nice. I love scotch eggs. The image...enclosed makes me salivate already.

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    1. Glad to hear that Ebukah :)

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