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Scotch Eggs

Updated February 23, 2016

Great for picnics and packed lunches, serve these with a spoonful of your favorite chutney.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time25 min

Preparation Time - Text25 mins

Cooking Time15 min

Cooking Time - Text15

Cooking Methodfrying

CostInexpensive

Moderate

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCocktail Party, game day

Recipe Courseappetizer, hors d'oeuvre

Meallunch, snack

Taste and Texturemeaty, rich, savory

Ingredients

  • 10 oz (300g) ground pork
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • Pinch of crushed red hot pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup plain dried bread crumbs

Instructions

In a large bowl, mix the pork, scallions, herbs, and hot pepper. Season with salt and pepper.

Coat the eggs in flour. Divide the pork mixture into 4 equal portions. Working with one portion at a time, flatten the pork into a thick disk. Place an egg in the center and gather up the pork to completely enclose the egg.

Pour enough oil to come halfway up the sides of a large, deep saucepan and heat to 350°F (180°C). Beat the eggs in a shallow dish Spread the bread crumbs in another dish. Dip each pork-wrapped egg into the beaten egg to coat, then roll in the bread crumbs.

Carefully place the eggs in the hot oil and fry for 3–4 minutes, or until golden. Serve hot or cold.

Variation

Vegetarian Scotch Eggs

Omit the ground pork. Substitute 1 drained 15oz (420g) can of white kidney (cannellini) beans, purèed in a food processor with 2oz (60g) soft goat cheese. Transfer to a bowl, and mix in the scallions, herbs, hot pepper, and 3 tbsp of dried bread crumbs.

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