Heading into this season of (hopefully) fine weather and long afternoons in the park, our kitchen manager, Jo-Anne, has had a brainwave this week to put together a twist on a classic recipe that will impress at any picnic. Her modern spin on this classic British snack food comes from the addition of chorizo, which adds a flavourful kick to the classic Scotch egg.
Pork & Chorizo Scotch Eggs
454g pork sausagemeat from Green Seasons
50g chorizo, skin removed and finely chopped
Eight eggs (six to hardboil, two for the coating)
Breadcrumbs from a 400g loaf of good bread (good bread for a good egg)
Flour for dusting and bread crumbing
Oil for frying
- Mix the pork sausage meat and the chorizo together until thoroughly combined and split into 6 equal balls
- In a pan of boiling water, boil the eggs for no more than 3 minutes. When boiled, refresh the eggs under cold running water. Once cool carefully peel the eggs
- Dust the work surface with a little flour and form the pork mixture into patties about 1/4 inch thick. Place one of the boiled eggs in the centre and wrap with the sausage meat, making sure that it is sealed properly. Continue with the remaining five eggs
- Place some flour on a large plate for rolling the sausagemeat-covered eggs in. Crack two eggs into a bowl and use a fork to lightly whisk. Place the breadcrumbs on a separate plate
- Use one hand to roll the Scotch egg in the flour and shake off any excess. Then, dip the floured Scotch egg into the beaten egg, making sure the piece is completely covered in the mixture. Make sure you drain off any excess egg before transferring the Scotch egg to the breadcrumbs and coating it thoroughly
- Heat the oil to 160C, then carefully place the breaded Scotch egg in the hot oil and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove the finished product from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining Scotch eggs for maximum deliciousness
These can be made the night before, so once you’ve checked the weather forecast and dug out the picnic hamper, you can get cracking (with the cooking, not the egg puns).
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