Scotch eggs

 

Serves 6

9 large eggs
600g finely minced pork or sausagemeat
225g golden breadcrumbs
large bowl ice-cold water
1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
2 tbsp chives, snipped, plus extra to garnish
1.5 litres vegetable oil, for deep-frying
salt and pepper

Cook six of the eggs in boiling water for 7 mins. Drain, then refresh in the iced water. Once cool enough to handle, peel, and pat dry with kitchen paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the meat with 1 egg, 2 tbsp of the breadcrumbs, the herbs and plenty of seasoning until thoroughly combined.

Divide the mixture into six, and wrap around the boiled eggs, forming them into balls. Beat the remaining eggs in a shallow dish with some seasoning, and dip the sausage balls in the egg mix to coat. In another shallow bowl, coat the balls in the remaining breadcrumbs. Chill until needed.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan to 180°C, using a thermometer to accurately gauge the temperature.

Deep-fry the Scotch eggs, three at a time, for 4-5 mins until golden brown and crisp. Remove to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain. Cut in half, and serve with a garnish of snipped chives.

Other picnic recipes in the Jul/Aug issue of LandScape include:

  • Stuffed picnic bread wreath
  • Salad served in preserving jars
  • Fig tarts
  • Cornish Brie and pickles
  • Berry lattice tart
  • Peaches baked in dough

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