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Scottish food and baking recipes - Scottish (Scotch) Eggs

Scotch Eggs Recipe

Scotch eggs are a staple fayre for picnic baskets, light lunches or even buffet. They can be served hot or cold, but cold is by far the most common way. This is a simple recipe for making this traditional Scottish dish.


  • 1 large raw egg
  • 3oz / 85g of dry breadcrumbs
  • 5 hard boiled eggs, with shells removed
  • 1lb / 450g pork sausage meat - best quality
  • Pinch of mace if available although is not an essential
  • Seasoning
  • Small quantity of flour
  • 1 tablespoon water


Dust or roll (gently!) the hard boiled eggs in a little flour then place aside.

Mix the mace and seasoning into the sausage meat and divide into five equal portions. Place this mixture on a floured surface. Wrap/mould the sausage meat round the egg, making sure there are no gaps. If possible try to roll into a ball shape although this will take a LOT of practice with a number of squashed or mashed eggs before getting eventual success.

Beat the egg and water together and coat the meat-covered egg with this and then breadcrumbs (you may have to press the crumbs onto the meat). Deep fry in hot oil (360F/185C) taking care as you put the eggs into the oil as the oil may spurt. Cook for about 5/6 minutes until golden brown.
Drain and serve hot or allow to cool and keep in a refrigerator for a cold snack later.

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