A British delicacy that is loved around the world, Scotch Eggs are easy to prepare and nutrient-dense, making it the perfect food for winter. What’s more? The stories of its origin are equally tempting
Termed the ‘perfect picnic food’, Scotch Egg may be a traditional British delicacy, but its fandom spreads around the world. The dish comprises a shelled hard-boiled egg, which comes wrapped in sausage and coated in breadcrumbs. This bundle is then baked or deep-fried until it turns crispy brown. A favourite picnic dish, Scotch Eggs are also popular in pubs and often served cold in the UK.
Thanks to its fan following, you’ll also find several miniature versions of this delicacy sold as - ‘Mini Scotch Eggs’, ‘Savoury Eggs’, ‘Picnic Eggs’, ‘Party Eggs’, ‘Snack Eggs’, or ‘Egg Bites’. Easily available across Britain at supermarkets, corner shops, and motorway service stations, these tiny varieties come loaded with a chopped chicken egg or a quail egg, spruced up with mayonnaise or chopped bacon. There are also several regional variations of the dish across the UK.
For instance, the ‘Manchester Egg’ uses a pickled egg covered in pork and Lancashire black pudding, while the ‘Worcester Egg’ uses an egg pickled in Worcestershire sauce, local sausage meat, and white pudding. However, people in the US prefer the dish hot, along with some ranch dressing or a dipping sauce.
This dish also has interesting backstories, some competing ones as well. According to a popular heritage department store in London - Fortnum & Mason - it first made Scotch eggs for wealthy travellers back in 1738. Then, there is another story that has an India connection. Some historians say that Scotch Eggs are inspired by the exquisite Mughlai delicacy, called Nargisi Kofta, which combines mutton keema and boiled eggs. Apparently, the recipe was brought to England by returning soldiers and other travellers. For all you know, Scottish farmers may be the brains behind this ‘inexpensive’ dish.
No matter what its origin is, Scotch Eggs are worth a try. If you haven’t made it at home yet, we have got you an easy recipe for you here. Scotch Egg comes with an impressive variety of nutrients - zinc and Vitamins A, D, E and B12, to name a few.
Preparation time: 25 min
Cooking time: 14 min
Tip: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in a 350°F oven until warmed through.