The recent Scotch Egg renaissance must be because mass-produced ones are so bad that anything home-made is a million times improved! Here’s our classic recipe. Serve warm with a lick of English mustard. A hard-to-beat, portable snack.
Prep time: 20 minutes plus chilling
Cook time: 15 minutes
6 Freedom Food labelled free-range eggs
For the sausage meat mixture:
Knob of butter
50g shallot, finely chopped
150g Freedom Food labelled minced pork shoulder
150g Freedom Food labelled minced pork belly
1 sprig of thyme
¼ tsp mace
Pinch of cayenne
1 tbsp English mustard
4 sage leaves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
For the coating:
2 Freedom Food labelled eggs
Bring a big pan of water to a simmer, carefully lower in the eggs and cook for 8 minutes. The eggs should be slightly runny in the middle. Run under a cold tap until they are completely cold and carefully peel off the shells.
Melt the butter in a pan and cook the shallot until soft. Mix the shallots with all the other sausage meat ingredients, seasoning well. In a piece of cling film, pat out a piece of the sausage-meat mixture large enough to envelope an egg. Put an egg in the middle and, using the cling film, fold it around the egg so it is completely covered. Remove the cling film and mould with your hands so there is an even thickness all the way around. Repeat with all the other eggs and put into the fridge to firm up.
For the coating, whisk the eggs and milk with a pinch of salt. Dust the sausage coated eggs in the flour and shake off the excess, then dip into the egg mix and then through the breadcrumbs. Dip back through the eggs and into the crumb mix again. Place into the fridge to firm up.
Heat a fat-fryer to 185 degrees Celsius (or warm up vegetable oil in a pan using a probe to gauge the temperature accurately) and the oven to 200C, fan oven 180C, Gas Mark 6. Brown the Scotch eggs for 2 minutes in the fryer then place in the oven for 10 minutes to warm through.