Scotch Egg

20070406-scotch-egg.jpgAh, the Scotch egg. Although apparently considered downmarket in the UK (at least according to Wikipedia), this one looks absolutely appeeling. Or, perhaps not, depending on your tolerance for sausage-encased, deep-fried foods.

Scotch Eggs
6 hard-cooked eggs, well-chilled
1 pound breakfast sausage
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup fine bread crumbs
Vegetable oil, for frying

1. In a dedicated deep-fryer or large pot, preheat vegetable oil to 350°F. Meanwhile, peel eggs and set aside. Divide sausage into 6 equal portions. Roll hard-cooked eggs in flour; press a portion of sausage around each egg.

2. Dip sausage-encased eggs in beaten eggs; roll in bread crumbs.

3. Cook each egg in oil for 4 to 5 minutes or until sausage is cooked and browned. Let drain on paper towels. Serve warm or chilled, according to preference.

Photograph from Chotda.