Scotch eggs are hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage meat, breaded and fried. Served with a delicious mustard dipping sauce, this is quintessential British fare. Who said British food is bland?
The Scotch egg is not a Scottish recipe at all; it was actually born and bred in England. I have read that they were invented by the upmarket store Fortnum & Mason and a story how they were derived from the Indian dish Nargisi Kofta, but there is really no origin set in stone. This popular British pub dish is usually served warm with a dipping sauce that can range from sweet to savory; today we went savory with a mustard sauce.
Scotch eggs are also popular picnic food because they travel well and can be eaten at room temperature or even cold. A lot of Scotch eggs in pubs and restaurants are served with a runny yolk (what is better than a warm runny yolk?) I love a runny yolk, but for this recipe, I went with hard-boiled.
Along with sausage roll and sandwiches, the Scotch egg is also a very popular convenience food sold in most grocery stores and food shops across the UK. For me, homemade is far superior to store bought and if you’ve never bought them, don’t bother, make them yourself instead. I even eat them for breakfast eggs and sausage are breakfast items after all, just add ketchup.
Just like the British dialect can change around the country, some areas of England have adopted their own local Scotch egg recipes. I have yet to try the variations on this classic, but one thing is for sure, these eggstraordinary ovals of goodness are a staple in my household.