Happy New Year! I have a new favorite recipe as it turns out - the Scotch egg. A perfect combo of many things I'm interested in - savory snacks, sausage, egg and fried stuff. It's kind of scary how easy this recipe is. While the Scotch egg is certainly something delicious, it's probably not something you want to make a regular basis! I think they're a perfect little treat for any dinner party - your guests will definitely be impressed.
6 large eggs
2 eggs (beaten and used for the coating)
16 oz pork sausage
2 cup panko breadcrumbs (or regular bread crumbs)
4 cups vegetable oil for frying
So, step one is to hard boil your eggs. Now, while this might seem simple, I'm amazed at how often hard boiled eggs taste like chalk and have that gross greenish bluish rim around the yolk. Not cool.
An easy way to avoid all of that is to boil your water in a decent sized pot, once the water is boiling, add your eggs and set your timer for 9 1/2 minutes. As soon as your timer goes off, remove the eggs and put them in a bath of cold water. Easy, huh? No excuses for overcooked eggs anymore.
Once your eggs are cooked and shells are removed, set up an assembly line with the beaten eggs, sausage meat and bread crumbs.
Now you'll want to take about a 1/4 cup of the ground sausage, form a disk and begin to shape it around the hardboiled egg.
Take the sausage-covered egg and dip it in the beaten egg. Next step is to roll it in the bread crumbs until it is generously coated.
The final step is to fry those eggs up! Once all of your eggs are coated in the bread crumbs, heat up your oil over medium high heat.
You'll know your oil is at the right temperature when you drop a few bread crumbs in the pot and it begins to sizzle. Take care not to add the eggs to the oil to early - if the oil isn't hot enough it will just saturate the bread crumbs and it won't be as tasty.
Drop two eggs at a time in the hot oil and cook them until very golden brown, about 6-7 minutes. Make sure you give the eggs enough time in the oil so the sausage fully cooks.
Remove the fried eggs from the oil and place on a plate with paper towels to remove the excess oil. Cut the eggs in half or quarters and serve while hot. Mmmmm....Happy New Year!