Scotch Eggs

Total Time:
2 hr
Prep:
1 hr 45 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 3 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 1/2 bunch fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 8 hardcooked eggs, peeled and chilled
  • 3 cups fine, dry bread crumbs
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 recipe Watercress Salad (recipe below)
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • Horseradish and Mustard and Mayonnaise (recipe below)
  • Watercress Salad:
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 5 large bunches watercress, stems removed, leaves washed and well dried
  • Horseradish and Mustard and Mayonnaise:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated horseradish
  • 1/2 cup Dijon or stoneground mustard
  • White pepper to taste
Directions

Mix together pork, fennel seed, sage, salt, and pepper. Divide into 8 equal portions. Form a patty in your hand with the first portion. Flatten patty, place egg inside, and keep rolling egg and meat in the palms of your hands, until a thin layer of meat coats the eggs. Repeat this procedure until all the eggs are coated with pork mixture. Chill 20 minutes.

Dredge chilled, coated eggs first in bread crumbs, then in eggs and bread crumbs again. Chill 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat oil in a large stockpot or saucepan to deepfry temperature (350 degrees F). Fry eggs, 2 or 3 at a time, until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to a roasting pan and bake 10 minutes.

To serve, arrange a bed of Watercress Salad on each serving plate. Slice eggs in half and place 4 halves on top of each salad. Garnish with tomato slices and dollops of Horseradish and Mustard and Mayonnaise for dipping. Serve while eggs are warm.

Watercress Salad:

Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Tear watercress into bitesized pieces and toss with dressing. Reserve in refrigerator.

Horseradish and Mustard and Mayonnaise:

Blend ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use.


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    If you add a beaten egg to the meat mixture it keeps it together better. Also, a quicker way of doing this is omit all that seasoning and pork and stuff and just use sausage. Our favorite is the extra sage sausage.
    I tried this recipe, and had every one of them split open in the frying stage, forget this one, I am going back to my renn faire recipe. (this is the 1st failure I got off this site)
    A very good recipe, the flavor is dead on. We did not attempt the sauce as it seemed more than we could manage in our feeble state. Just as good as I remember from my favorite deli.
    These are a perfect snack with a nice beer. And coupled with a brat bbq with german potato salad, it all just can't be beat.
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