Scotch Egg: Twinkie of the Old World

My English relatives think it’s a bit odd that the one thing I crave from England more than anything else is a scotch egg (and yes, despite the name scotch eggs are English, not Scottish).  That’s a bit like an American abroad longing for a twinkie, since, like the twinkie, the scotch egg is a staple of gas (petrol) station food.

When homemade, though, a scotch egg can be a great snack, particularly for a picnic.  Actually, after some research just now, that might be true for twinkies as well.


Scotch Eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

  • 2 hard boiled eggs (from a neighbor)
  • 1/2 lb ground pork sausage (from Marr’s Valley View Farms)
  • a bit of flour
  • 1 whole egg, whisked (from a neighbor–different neighbor, actually)
  • Bread crumbs (we made ours by grinding up and toasting a few pieces of  day old sourdough bread)
  • salt and pepper
  • Colman’s mustard powder

Roll the hard boiled egg in a mixture of salt, pepper and flour.  Form the sausage into flat disks 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick and wrap them around the eggs.  Next, roll them in the whisked egg and then in the breadcrumbs.  Many scotch eggs are fried, but I bake mine in the oven at 400 F for about 30 minutes (until the sausage is cooked).

For the mustard sauce, mix equal parts mustard powder and cold water, and let sit for at least 10 minutes.  Note: this mustard is very hot, similar to a strong horseradish.

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2 comments on “Scotch Egg: Twinkie of the Old World

  1. Keith on said:

    Because the universe works this way: I mentioned Twinkies in this post and a chain of events started that led to me eating Twinkie sushi this weekend. That is all.

  2. Oh my gosh!!! We were watching the cheesy British female sleuthing show Rosemary & Thyme (seriously, get your camp on!) and they were eating Scotch Eggs…and for the life of me, I could not decipher the ingredients. Those look fantastic! Love Love Love, Dawn

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