The Best Homemade Scotch Eggs, a popular British snack, perfect for a picnic, breakfast, or any occasion. Delicious eggs wrapped in sausage meat and coated in crispy breadcrumbs.
Scotch Eggs are truly a wonderful thing! They’re very popular in Britain and often eaten alongside a salad, or as part of a picnic. You can eat Scotch Eggs hot or cold, (I prefer just slightly warm!).
This Scotch Egg recipe has got to be the best ever! If you’ve only ever eaten shop bought Scotch Eggs, then be prepared to be pleasantly surprised at homemade ones. They taste nothing like the shop bought scotch eggs, which, I often find, taste synthetic, with an overwhelming taste of cardboard in the sausage layer. I have no idea what they put in the sausagemeat when they do it commercially, but these homemade scotch eggs are just amazing!
Taste-wise, you get the lovely flavor of egg, and if you’re using good quality fresh eggs, the yolks will be a wonderful yellowy orange color and taste out of this world! The sausage meat gives you a nice meaty texture (unlike the shop bought ones which have no texture at all), and a nice flavor when it’s seasoned with simply salt and pepper and the other few ingredients I list below. And of course, that outer breadcrumb layer… OH, MY WORD! If you can make homemade breadcrumbs, you must! It only takes minutes to make, and it will be so worth the extra little effort!
In this recipe, I’ve added a pinch of ground mace to the sausage meat. If you’re not familiar with mace, it is part of the nutmeg family, and taste similar, but mace is slightly sweeter and a little spicier. You can use mace for adding to desserts, some cream sauces, for example, if you like asparagus and cream sauce, you can add a tiny pinch to the sauce there. You don’t need much at all, but it does enhance the flavor of food fantastically. If you can’t get hold of ground mace, just swap for nutmeg!
I’ve also made these scotch eggs using store-bought panko breadcrumbs and they were amazing too!
Scotch eggs are traditionally served as a snack, say for a picnic, partly because they travel well without risk of getting messy during transport. They’re also great for portion control, one of these scotch eggs is more than enough to fill your tummy at brunch or lunch time! Simply sliced in half, you can serve these for a buffet party, make ahead the day before and keep chilled until you’re ready to serve.
There are a variety of things you could serve with these scotch eggs, such as a simple salad, or your favorite chutney, one chutney we like is our spicy Caribbean Mango or Pineapple Chutney, again that recipe is quick and fuss-free and will store refrigerated for a few weeks.
So here I will show you how to cook the perfect scotch egg! It’s really easy, just follow the steps as described and please do send us in your photos via our Facebook page or Pinterest right on the pin itself! We love to see your creations!
For these scotch eggs, make sure you use a good quality sausage meat, that will make a lot of difference to the taste and texture, and when you’re shaping the scotch eggs, make sure the eggs are completely covered with the sausage meat so there are no spaces where you can see the egg, otherwise they could split when they are cooking.
You can also bake these, I would suggest at around a 400F or 200 C Oven, until golden brown, about 20 – 25 minutes. I’ve also tried these in the air fryer, set at 350F 180C and cooked for about 25 minutes. Both methods work fine, but I always prefer them deep fried. There is something traditional about doing it the ‘old fashioned’ way by heating up a pan of hot oil and plunging those tasty scotch eggs in there!
So let’s get straight to the recipe and see how we make these delicious homemade Scotch eggs. Please enjoy!
1 lb or 450 g plain sausage meat
2 tbsp chopped mixed herbs (I like chives and thyme)
A pinch of ground mace (see picture below if you are not sure what mace looks like).
1 tbsp English mustard
Splash of milk
1/2 cup or 50 g flour
1 cup or 100 g panko breadcrumbs, or homemade breadcrumbs
Vegetable oil, to cook
1. Put six of the eggs into a pan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for five minutes, then put straight into a large bowl of iced water for at least 10 minutes.
2. Put the meat, herbs, mace, and mustard into a bowl, season and mix well with your hands.
Divide into 6 balls.
3. Carefully peel the eggs.
Beat the two raw eggs together in a bowl with a splash of milk.
**If you are making your own breadcrumbs, I suggest about 6 slices of FROZEN bread. Cut into quarters and place in a food processor
Pulse until the bread is a medium crumb as in the photo
Put the flour in a second bowl and season, then tip the breadcrumbs into a third bowl. Arrange in an assembly line.
4. Put a square of clingfilm on the work surface, and flour lightly.
Put one of the meatballs in the center, and flour lightly
Then put another square of cling film on top.
Roll out the meat until large enough to encase an egg and remove the top sheet of clingfilm.
5. To assemble the egg, roll one peeled egg in flour
Then put in the center of the meat. Bring up the sides of the meat to encase it
and smooth it into an egg shape with your hands.
Dip each egg in flour, then egg,
then breadcrumbs, and then dip back in the egg and breadcrumbs to give it 2 coats.
6. Fill a large pan a third full of vegetable oil, and heat to 325F, 170C (or when a crumb of bread sizzles and turns golden but does not burn, when dropped in it).
Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower each egg into the oil
and use your spoon to turn it every so often so it browns evenly. **You may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your pan.
Cook the eggs a couple at a time, for seven minutes, until crisp and golden,
then drain on kitchen paper before serving.
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- 8 eggs
- 1 lb or 450 g plain sausagemeat
- 3 tbsp chopped mixed herbs (I like chives and thyme)
- A pinch of ground mace .
- 1 tbsp English mustard
- Splash of milk
- 1/2 cup or 50 g flour
- 1 cup or 100 g panko or homemade breadcrumbs
- Vegetable oil to cook
Put six of the eggs into a pan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for five minutes, then put straight into a large bowl of iced water for at least 10 minutes.
Put the meat, herbs, mace and mustard into a bowl, season and mix well with your hands. Divide into six.
Carefully peel the eggs. Beat the two raw eggs together in a bowl with a splash of milk. Put the flour in a second bowl and season, then tip the breadcrumbs into a third bowl. Arrange in an assembly line.
Put a square of clingfilm on the worksurface, and flour lightly. Put one of the meatballs in the centre, and flour lightly, then put another square of cling film on top. Roll out the meat until large enough to encase an egg and remove the top sheet of clingfilm.
To assemble the egg, roll one peeled egg in flour, then put in the centre of the meat. Bring up the sides of the film to encase it, and smooth it into an egg shape with your hands. Dip each egg in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs, then egg and then breadcrumbs.
Fill a large pan a third full of vegetable oil, and heat to 325F, 170C (or when a crumb of bread sizzles and turns golden, but does not burn, when dropped in it). Cook the eggs a couple at a time, for seven minutes, until crisp and golden, then drain on kitchen paper before serving.