Mouth-Watering Wednesdays: Scotch Eggs

29 May

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There are exactly 99 days until the 2013 NFL season kicks off… not that I’m counting down for the football. You see, I’m not much of a sports guy, but I do like the food spreads that typically accompany game day.

Wings? Excellent. Pizza? Can’t be beat. Eggs… wait, eggs? What place do eggs have at a game day party?

I suppose I should clarify: Scotch Eggs!

I tried these bad boys one fateful day at a place called Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis and I’ve been hooked ever since. The Scotch Egg is comprised of a hard-boiled egg wrapped in a sausage/bacon meat shell which is then breaded and fried. It’s not a breakfast food– you can eat these any time of day or night!

The prep isn’t hard, but it is relatively involved.

Ingredients: Eggs, Italian sausage, bacon, flour, and corn flakes. You will also need a deep fryer.

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          1. Place eggs in saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let the eggs   sit in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool and peel. Also take this opportunity to preheat your oven to 350 degrees and heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees.

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2. Create the meat mixture by combining 1 part chopped up bacon with 2 parts Italian sausage. From my  experience, you need about a third of a pound of meat mixture for each scotch egg you plan on making (for example, 9 scotch eggs would require 1 lb of bacon and 2lbs of sausage).

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3. Flatten the meat mixture into appropriate portions and form around each egg. The meat should be between  a quarter to a half inch thick all the way around.

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          4. Crunch up a bunch of corn flakes in a bowl and make a mixture of beaten eggs in another bowl. Roll the meat-covered eggs in the beaten egg mixture and then roll them in the crunched  corn flakes.

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        5. Deep fry until golden brown and then bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Be sure to cut one of the bigger ones open to make sure that they are cooked all the way through. There will be bits of pink in the meat, but no worries, that is the bacon.

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6. Slice em in half and serve em up to your hungry friends and family! They go great with a variety of sauces (BBQ, ranch dressing, and honey mustard all taste amazing on these things).

This is a little bit of a complicated recipe, so if you have any questions, ask away in the comments section and I will clarify what I can for you! –DMW
photo credit: Christian González Verón via photopin cc

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