Traditional scotch eggs

  • Serves 6

This hearty British lunchtime snack is a firm favourite of ours and it's only got five ingredients! Fuss-free food - we say.

Traditional scotch egg


  • Step 1

    Place six of the eggs in a small pan, cover with cold water and slowly bring to the boil. Simmer for 7 minutes. Drain the eggs then rinse in cold water. Tap all over and peel away the shell.

  • Step 2

    Remove the sausage skins, place the meat in a bowl and mash with a fork. Divide the mixture into six. Using floured hands shape each piece into a 1cm thick oval shape. Holding the sausage meat in your hand, place a boiled egg in the centre. Mould the meat around the egg to cover. Pat into a neat egg shape and set aside. Repeat with the remaining sausagemeat and eggs.

  • Step 3

    Beat the remaining two eggs in a bowl; place the flour and breadcrumbs on two separate plates. Roll each sausage covered egg in flour, then brush with egg, then roll in the breadcrumbs to coat. Repeat until all the eggs are covered. Chill for 10 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Pour the oil into a deep pan until one third full (or use a deep fat fryer). Heat the oil to 160ºC. Fry the eggs 2 at a time for 4-5 minutes, turning until golden brown all over. Remove with a draining spoon then transfer to kitchen paper. Cook the remaining eggs in the same way. Leave to cool.

  • Step 5

    Serve cold with mustard and salad leaves.