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Friday 23 September 2011

Sluttishly Savoury: Lizbeth's Home-made Scotch Eggs

I love to cook. No word of a lie. However, I also like to be cooked for. In recent weeks our intrepid Editor Ms Siany and I have had deep and meaningful discussions about the ever-controversial Scotch Egg.

On Sian's recent trip to Brighton, we had quite the debate about this strange and unusual foodstuff. I said eww (to the ASDA Value variety), whilst lovely Sian disagreed most fervently.

The end result? I say home-made; Sian says shop bought.

All good stuff, and the proper fodder of a pub conversation.

Later that week, I was with my deliciously Slut-like friend, Ms Lizbeth, and she offered to make me a home-made Scotch Egg. WOWZER! How splendid. How utterly marvellous. What a wonderful excuse to show Sian up and prove that home-made is best. Win - win.

Needless to say, the eggs were amazing. And the recipe worth sharing. So here it is.

You'll need:
  • half a dozen eggs. 4 for the scotch eggs, 2 beaten and in a bowl
  • 6 decent quality sausages
  • flour
  • breadcrumbs ( Lizbeth used about 8 slices of white bread and had more than enough)
  • oil for frying
Make it:
  • Boil eggs for for 7 mins until hard boiled. Allow to cool, then crack and peel off the shell.
  • Use scissors to cut the skins off of the sausages. Mush them all together in a bowl and then split into four portions of sausage meat.
  • Spread the portion of sausage meat into a flat oval shape in the palm of your hand, large enough to encompass the egg.
  • Place the egg in the middle and wrap the sausage meat around the egg.
  • When the egg is completely sealed, roll in flour, then roll in the beaten egg and then in the breadcrumbs until evenly covered.
  • Fill about one third of a saucepan with oil and heat until simmering. Do not let it get to boiling!
  • Fry for about 8 mins turning every couple of mins until whole egg is golden brown. Put on some kitchen towel to cool a little and soak up some of the oil.
  • Enjoy.


  1. The addition of a few herbs can also help. Try sage or rosemary!

    I'm a massive fan of the homemade scotch egg, although I had a terrible experience after I won a scotch egg eating contest recently. See below:

  2. Wow, it's been a week of much Scotch egg discussion - see this article and recipe from the Guardian on Tuesday with a recipe for Scotch egg making that I intend to try very soon:

    I feel a Scotch egg recipe-off coming on...

    It also led me to this rather excellent blog about one man's mission to find the best Scotch egg in the land:

  3. Oh I do so LOVE a homemade one. But I still think it's a snack that lends itself to being a bit rubbish.


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