Recipe

Scotch eggs

If you're planning on dining in the great outdoors, these recipes+ scotch eggs will make an impressive addition to your picnic basket. Use butcher-quality sausages for best results.

  • 5 mins preparation
  • 18 mins cooking
  • Makes 6
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Ingredients

Scotch eggs
  • 7 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup packaged dried breadcrumbs
  • 6 thick tomato and herb flavoured beef sausages
  • vegetable oil, to deep-fry
  • mixed green salad, to serve
Sweet chilli and herb mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives

Method

Scotch eggs
  • 1
    Place 6 eggs in a medium saucepan; cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over moderate heat, stirring gently (this helps centre the yolks).
  • 2
    Boil without stirring for 10 minutes; drain. Cool slightly; peel. Place flour on a plate. Whisk remaining egg in a shallow bowl, then place breadcrumbs on a plate.
  • 3
    For each scotch egg, coat egg lightly in flour. Remove sausage meat from casing, then press gently into a thin oval shape. Place egg in centre of mince, then mould mince around egg to enclose.
  • 4
    Dip in whisked egg. then breadcrumbs to coat. Place on a large plate. Cover with plastic food wrap; chill for 15 minutes.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, make sweet chilli and herb mayonnaise by combining all ingredients with 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water in a small bowl.
  • 6
    Heat oil in a medium heavy-based saucepan over moderate heat (oil is ready when a cube of bread crisps quickly without absorbing oil).
  • 7
    Deep-fry eggs, in batches, for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown and cooked. Drain on paper towels. Cut eggs in half. Serve at once with mayonnaise and salad.

Notes

Use 500g sausage mince instead of sausages. To make it easier to mould mince around eggs, moisten hands with cold water- this prevents sticking.

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