Who doesn’t love a scotch egg? Even a crappy one from Sainsbury’s is a glorious feast, but if you’ve never had a freshly made restaurant quality scotch egg with a runny middle and a crunchy outer, served up with a little piccalilli you haven’t lived!
They are surprisingly easy to make so long as you have the right equipment (a thermometer to establish the temperature of your oil), a little manual dexterity and a stopwatch – these babies are all about the timing. Too softly boiled and the egg will be an absolute nightmare to peel and wrap. Then to maintain the runny yolk how long do you deep fry for? All will be revealed!
Two ways? Well there’s obviously the first, more traditional way of a breadcrumb outer, but they are also exceptionally good wrapped in bacon instead. The latter is ideal for the BBQ as you can get them on the grill, mop them with sauce and the result is smokey, sticky caramelized bacon coated sausage and egg based goodness!
- Gently drop 4 room temperature eggs into a pan of boiling water, turn the heat down to a simmer (aggressive heat makes eggs rubbery) and set a 4 minute timer. Less than this and they will be an absolute bitch to peel, more than this and they’ll be hard boiled.
- Squeeze the sausage meat into a bowl and divide into 4 balls
- When the eggs are done, empty into a colander and run cold water over them for a minute or so – we need to stop any residual heat from cooking the egg further
- To peel, loosen the shell by cracking it all over. Basically, drop the egg onto a hard surface from and inch or so and continue to pick it up, rotate and drop again until fully cracked – you might think I’m being excessive here, but there’s nothing more irritating than splitting an egg because a big chunk of hard shell went through it as you tried to peel it off!
- Lay the eggs on a bit of kitchen roll and dust then with a bit of flour. Take a sausage patty and flatten it into a round slightly bigger than a burger. Pop an egg into it then pull up the sides of the patty around it.
- To enclose the egg, the technique is to gently work the sides up until they start to connect at the top. The meat will be quite pliable, but you may need to pinch and flatten the edges as you work to help the process along. By the time you’ve done the second one you’ll have the hang of it!
- Tip the breadcrumbs into a bowl. Crack the extra egg into a different bowl and whisk it.
- Dredge each meaty ball of goodness through the egg, then the breadcrumbs. Pack them on a bit, then repeat.
- Get a small pan and heat 3-4 inches of oil to 170 degrees. Cook the eggs one at a time, rotating every now and again for an even cook.
- Assuming everything was at room temperature, you’re going to want to cook for around 8 minutes. Avoid letting the oil drop below 160, or get higher than 180.
- Set each egg on some kitchen roll to blot away the excess oil, allow to cool slightly so they’re warm rather than hot, then serve on a board with a little side pot of pickle or piccalilli, cutting in half to show that marvellous yolk
- Simply wrap 2 of the eggs in the strips of bacon and you’re ready to go.
- Place them on the BBQ and cook them for no more than 10 mins, rotating occasionally to catch all sides evenly. Close the lid between rotations.
- Paint them with the sauce of your choosing as you rotate them.