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Baked Scotch Eggs

Scotch EggsHere at our Chattanooga Inn, our breakfasts for Fall 2015 are including Baked Scotch Eggs with a drizzle of dijon sauce.  Considered bar food in other parts of the world, this is basically a hardboiled egg, wrapped (lovingly) in a layer of sausage and rolled in a crispy coating (for us, seasoned breadcrumbs). It is usually deep fried, but baking it instead makes it so simple. OH, you want it to LOOK like a recipe…..okay!

Baked Scotch Eggs

1 dozen eggs, hard boiled, cooled and with the shells removed

2 pound tube of sausage (we use Jimmy Dean’s Regular but other flavors work well too)

3 or 4 tablespoons of all purpose flour in a shallow bowl

1 to 1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs (we used seasoned or Italian) in a shallow bowl

Parchment paper to cover a baking sheet, optional

Here’s the hard part (just kidding, not really)….

Roll all the eggs in the flour in the bowl, set aside

Divide your sausage into 12 equal parts

Pat it out in your hands (I like to wear gloves for this)

Place the egg on the sausage you have prepared and roll it in your hands until it forms a smooth and seamless ball.  (This is important because if you don’t it will “split” when it cooks.)

Roll the ball in the breadcrumbs and place on a baking sheet, we prefer it with parchment paper.

Cover and put in refrigerator and let the balls sit at least 1 hour.  (We do ours the afternoon before and let them sit overnight.)

Preheat conventional oven to 325 and place balls in for 15 minutes. Remove, turn over and finish cooking at 350 for about another 15 to 20 minutes.

…OR

Preheat convection oven to 325 and place balls in for 10 minutes. Remove, turn over and finish cooking at 350 for about another 10 to 15 minutes.

Let cool for about 5 minutes, then slice lengthwise with a sharp knife, serve with any seasoned mayonnaise or creamy sauce you prefer.

We hope you will give this a try-it is an easy, prep-ahead breakfast/brunch item, little work……. lots of accolades!

When you come for a visit to Chattanooga, come stay with us at the Mayors Mansion Inn. And, if Scotch Eggs are something you’d like to try, let us know ahead of your visit and we will “perform”!