What Fortnum & Mason don’t want you to know.

For centuries now Fortnum & Mason have made and sold some of the most delicious foods available on these islands. They even pioneered some populist fare. A number of decades ago, that bastion of fine British food was the first retailer to stock and sell Mr Heinz’s now ubiquitous baked beans.

A visit to their Piccadilly store will convince even the most sceptical of the efficacy of their Poacher’s Pie or the Hand Raised Pork Pie. They claimed the invention of the Scotch Egg in the 18thcentury. There is nothing Scottish about the eggs. The story has it that ‘scotching’ refers to the wrapping in sausage meat and breadcrumbs before frying.

Superquinn probably make the best sausage meat in Ireland.

I suspect that F&M don’t want you to know just how easy they are to make. There are very few things as tasty to eat as a scotch egg while it is still crispy on the outside. The homemade ones use a full size egg and plenty of meat. They are BIG. You have to be hungry. Here’s how to do it.

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs, half a dozen to cook, two to bind.
  • A half kilo of best quality sausage meat.
  • Breadcrumbs.
  • Oil for frying.

You will also need plenty of kitchen paper to rest them.

My eldest daughter trades a plug for her shallowpockets.eu travel blog for help making the eggs.

The process is simple and pretty tactile.

  • Boil the 6 eggs. Cool them under the tap. Peel them.
  • Divide the meat into six even amounts.
  • Break the two remaining eggs and whisk on a large plate with a small amount of water.
  • Now for the messy bit. Make an oval out of the meat and wrap it around an egg. Wet your hands and form it into an even oval shape. Repeat until you have them all done.
  • Heat the oil to moderately hot. I use a wok with enough oil to come up about halfway on the eggs.

    Delicious plump and wholesome Scotch Eggs, ready to be breadcrumbed and lowered into oil.

  • Add the eggs, a few minutes apart (to prevent the oil cooling). Turn them as needed until they are cooked. Remember you are only cooking the sausage meat, not the whole thing.

    Adding them at different times prevents the oil cooling too much and makes it easier to manage the cooking.

  • Drain them wrapped in the kitchen paper.
  • Slice and serve to the hungry and deserving. I like to serve them with a mixed salad and chutney.

A crispy salad is the ideal way to fool yourself into thinking that this is a healthy meal. However, every now and again, it is a great way to treat yourself and the ones you love.

They say that they are delicious cold too. However, there have never been any left over for me to find out.

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  • here in Tanzania we have the egg chop which is essentially the same, except with finely minced beef. With a chapati, a pickled chili pepper and some coconut chutney, it makes a tasty breakfast. Though I prefer the scotch egg.

  • This is incredible. I know you arent a fan of your blog being so popular – but it seriously is amazing, you work

    • Thanks Miss. I have great fun doing it.
      Thanks too for visiting.
      Best,
      Conor

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