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Scotch Eggs

A Scotch Egg is a perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg that is surrounded by pork sausage and then pan-fried for a crunchy outside and a soft center.

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Sausage wrapped hard-boiled eggs make a perfect on-the-go breakfast or lunch item with plenty of good protein to keep you full and energized all day long!

 

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**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Scotch Eggs is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 

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Scotch Eggs ingredient list:

  • hard-boiled eggs
  • pork breakfast sausage
  • smoked paprika
  • dried thyme
  • ground mustard
  • garlic powder
  • parsley
  • breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper
  • canola oil

Inspiration at work:

Little did I know (and unbeknownst to my conscious mind), this method for stuffing a hard-boiled egg inside of something else apparently inspired me to enter the 47th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off with this fun and easy recipe that I’ve named “Breakfast Bundle Surprise.”

Here, I’ll give you a little sneak peek at my entry. Shhhh…Don’t tell!

Someday I’ll share my recipe and process for making these with you if I’m not contacted by Pillsbury to compete for the million dollars first (haha), but for right now it’s all in the hands of that little pudgy doughboy!

But, let’s get back to the Scotch Eggs and their delicious flavor and ease of preparation…

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Can sausage wrapped hard-boiled eggs be made in advance?

Yes, but they’re best eaten the same day they’re made.

How long will Scotch eggs keep in the refrigerator?

Stored in an air-tight container, Scotch eggs will keep for up to 7 days.

Can Scotch eggs be frozen?

Yes. Cool them completely after cooking and then flash freeze them for 1 hour in a single layer the freezer to harden slightly.

Once partially frozen, re-package them and store them in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.

How to reheat sausage wrapped hard-boiled eggs from frozen?

Thaw the Scotch eggs at room temperature until thawed.

Wrap them lightly in foil and bake in a 350-degree preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until heated through.

The origin of Scotch Eggs:

Did you know that Scotch Eggs originated in the UK in 1738 and since that time they’ve been widely known as picnic food items? They are frequently sold individually in markets, corner stores, and gas stations

Here in the states, Scotch Eggs are popular menu items in British Style pubs and restaurants and are usually served along with gravy, dipping sauces or dressings.

I did not make a gravy or dipping sauce for my Scotch Eggs, but looking at these photos I can see them just crying out for a little brown gravy!

The taste, however, is superb just as they are!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s delicious Scotch Eggs.

 
Yield: 8

Scotch Eggs

An overhead offset photo of scotch eggs on a plaid plate with a fork and potatoes.

A Scotch Egg is a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg is surrounded by pork sausage which is pan fried for a crunchy outside and a soft center.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 pounds pork breakfast sausage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 cups fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • canola oil for frying

Instructions

  1. -In a large bowl, mix the pork sausage, salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, mustard, garlic powder and parsley until well combined.
  2. -Place the breadcrumbs, salt and pepper into a shallow dish. Stir to combine.
  3. -Wet hands with water (to prevent excessive sticking) and form about 3/4 cup of the sausage mixture into a 4" flattened disc.
  4. -Place an egg in the center of the sausage disc and use your hands to form the pork sausage up and over the entire egg.
  5. -Gently place the sausage egg into the prepared breadcrumbs.
  6. -Continue with the remaining eggs.
  7. -In a large skillet, over medium/high heat, add enough oil to cover the bottom.
  8. -Carefully add the Scotch Eggs into the skillet and fry on all sides (about 2-3 minutes per side) to a deep golden brown.
  9. -Reduce the heat to low, cover and allow the sausage to cook through for about 5 minutes.
  10. -Drain on paper towels and serve them hot, over hash brown parsley potatoes.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

2 eggs

Amount Per Serving Calories 544Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 12gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 268mgSodium 1331mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 28g

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Tara

Tuesday 6th of May 2014

I've never had Scotch Eggs before. They look fantastic!

Paula

Thursday 1st of May 2014

I've never had scotch eggs and every time I see pics of them I think I want to try to make them. You beat me too it and did a fabulous job :)

Mary Kay

Wednesday 30th of April 2014

I've never tried a Scotch Egg but these sound amazing!

Couscous & Consciousness

Wednesday 30th of April 2014

I absolutely love Scotch eggs - they're such a nostalgic thing for me. When I was a kid growing up, they featured regularly at our dinner table, and my brother and I always hoped that there might be one leftover that we could share for lunch the next day. There were also often a popular picnic item, with crispy lettuce leaves and fresh bread.

Karen Kerr

Wednesday 30th of April 2014

Renee I need to make these! I've always wanted to try them and these sound perfect.

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