Are Scotch eggs some sort of rare delicacy that you can only hope to eat in a Scottish pub? Not at all! They’re so easy you will have a great time making them at home.
We had this inspiration when the movie Brave came out. Our question was, could a movie actually inspire a kid to try a new food? After all, isn’t that what happened to a generation of kids after Popeye first ate spinach?
Brave, which takes place in the Scottish Highlands, introduced young moviegoers to a whole range of traditional Scottish foods. Among them, Scotch eggs are an easy and accessible treat that can help you get in the Scottish spirit.
Scotch eggs are basically hard-boiled eggs rolled in bulk sausage (that is, sausage meat without the casing) and then breaded and fried. These little treats are fun to make with helpers. It takes an assembly line of dipping and rolling to put them all together, so you can put lots of small hands to work.
Taste-wise, they are crispy and finger-licking good. They’re also plenty filling, so your young Brave fans probably won’t need more than one apiece.
An easy recipe for Scotch Eggs, adapted from Disney/Pixar in honor of the movie "Brave"
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 raw egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp finely minced fresh parsley (or 1/2 tsp dried parsley)
- 4 eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
- 8 ounces bulk pork sausage
- oil for frying
- additional salt and pepper to taste
Choose three bowls with wide mouths for a "breading station." For the first bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper. For the second bowl, whisk egg and milk together. For the third bowl, combine panko bread crumbs and parsley. Set bowls aside.
Divide sausage into four equal pieces; roll into balls and then flatten them with your hand. Encase each hard-boiled egg in a roll of sausage, pinching the sausage to cover the egg entirely.
Dip each sausage ball into the flour, then the egg wash, then the bread crumb mixture.
Heat cooking oil to 350 degrees. Cook each ball for 5 minutes or until golden brown and sausage is thoroughly cooked. (If you are not deep-frying them, make sure you turn them so that all sides get cooked). Drain on paper towel before serving.
Tip: While frying, try to keep the oil as close to 350 degrees as possible to make sure the breading cooks evenly.
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P.S. If your kids love hard boiled eggs, they will also love this Herbed Easted Egg Bread (braided with hard-boiled eggs).