Updated: Aug 8, 2021
I love to make food from all different cuisines. Many times I try to make a healthier version of a particular ethnic dish. I am not a fan of sausage for I do love eggs. I love to go hiking or go on road trips with my boyfriend and I am always looking for ideas for snacks that are hearty, healthy as much as possible and delicious. Here is an idea of a hearty snack.
Baked Scotch Eggs
Contrary to popular belief, Scotch Eggs have nothing to do with Scotland. Actually, these snacks originated as a British picnic staple. It is only recently that they have begun to make their way into pubs and restaurants worldwide. (Scotland is a part of Britain, but the origin of the dish is tied more closely to England, in the southern region of Great Britain.)
The original Scotch Egg is said to have been invented in 1738. The name “Scotch” didn’t come as a reference to Scotland at all, rather, it came from the term “scotched” which refers to the preparation method of coating something with breadcrumbs and frying it.
8 hard boiled eggs,*large
For the Meat
1 lb. sweet sausage **
1 lb. hot sausage**
½ tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
½ tsp salt
4 drops of nutmeg vitality essential oil or a ¼ tsp. of ground nutmeg
2 drops of black pepper vitality essential oil or ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
I tsp dried parsley(optional)
For the Breading
¼ cup Einkorn flour or any all purpose flour (wheat, gluten free, or even almond flour, etc.)
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs (if you want gluten free, you can substitute these for almond flour)
Preheat your oven to 400F.
Peel the hard-boiled eggs and set them aside.
Place the sausage into a large bowl.
Add seasonings, nutmeg essential oil, and mix well with your hands until combined.
Place the flour in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
Crack the raw eggs into a second shallow bowl. Beat it slightly and set aside.
Place the Panko breadcrumbs into a third bowl. Set aside.
To Assemble the Eggs
Flour your hands and scoop a scant cup of the sausage mixture into your hands. Flatten it into a patty. Wrap the sausage around one egg, pinching it together to seal any seams.
Roll the sausage covered egg first in flour. Then, dip it in the beaten egg. Finally, coat it in Panko breadcrumbs.
Set the coated eggs on a well-greased parchment lined baking sheet.
Once all the eggs have been coated, spray them with cooking spray and place them into the preheated oven.
Bake the eggs for 20-30 minutes, until they are golden and the sausage is cooked.
Serve the Scotch eggs warm, cold, or room temperature.
*To hard boil the eggs: Place them in a large pot full of cold water with 1 Tbsp of salt. Bring the water to a hard boil over medium heat. Turn off the heat and let the eggs stand in the water for 5-7 minutes (depending on how firm you want your yolks). Move the pot to the sink and fill it with a couple changes of cool water, to cool the eggs down. Dry the eggs. Hard boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
**You may substitute the pork sausage for turkey sausage for a leaner product.