A scotch egg is a popular British dish that consists of a hard-boiled egg encased in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs, and then deep-fried or baked until crispy. It is often served as a snack or appetizer.
To make a scotch egg, a boiled egg is peeled and then wrapped in seasoned sausage meat, typically made from pork. The sausage meat is molded around the egg, ensuring it covers the entire surface. The prepared scotch egg is then rolled in breadcrumbs to create a crispy outer layer when cooked.
Traditionally, scotch eggs are deep-fried until the sausage meat is cooked and the breadcrumbs turn golden brown. However, in recent years, baked versions have also become popular as a healthier alternative. The cooking method can vary depending on personal preference.
Scotch eggs are commonly served cold or at room temperature, making them a convenient option for picnics, packed lunches, or as part of a platter at social gatherings. They are often accompanied by sauces such as mustard, mayonnaise, or chutney.
Although scotch eggs are particularly associated with British cuisine, they have gained popularity in other parts of the world as well. They are enjoyed by many as a savory and satisfying snack.