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The Scotch Egg

June 25, 2009

scotcheggWhat is it?

You take a shelled hard-boiled egg, cover it in sausage meat (in the UK it tends to be pork), once it is ball shaped sprinkle with breadcrumbs and deep fry. Mmmm … sounds like a shot of fat straight to the heart, right? But in my experience don’t diss it until you try it.

My Experience of the Scotch Egg

Recently Pete and I travelled to Bath where our Aussie-turned-Pommie mate, Kieran, (he has lived in England for who-knows-how-long and currently resides in Bristol with his fun English girlfriend), took us to a pub in Bath which happened to serve homemade Scotch eggs. The place was a hobbit hole jam-packed full of jolly, ruddy faces. I’ve never been in a pub so small yet it had a huge amount of character and my locally brewed cider tasted of liquid gold. Pete was a little peckish so Kieran convinced him to order the £2 homemade Scotch egg. I tasted it … and it wasn’t so bad. In fact, I’d go as far to say that Scotch eggs are a must try for every visitor to Britain.

Ways to eat it

You don’t come across them as often as other traditional British foods such as the pork pie or Yorkshire pudding, but if you are on a mission to taste one, home made is the best. If you don’t have time to cook try the Hand Made Scotch Eggs Company.  They’ve even got a blog on the bizarre cuisine. Well, I’ll be damned: The Scotch Egg Company.

You can also buy them from the supermarket and Kieran has told me they’re great hangover food – you just break them to bits and fry. (Ewww – haven’t they already been deep-fried?)


I am unsure entirely of the origins of the Scotch egg. In this blog it refers to them as nest’s egg: The Old Foodie

I suppose it would be assumed the food is Scottish – hence the Scotch in the title, of ‘Scotch Egg’ – funny that. And I do hope no Scots have been offended in the reading of this article.


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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Monique permalink
    July 22, 2009 7:44 am

    omg that makes me want to vomit. i have heard of these things, but yet to try one!

  2. Adrian permalink
    July 22, 2009 7:44 am

    that looks mad. i wanna have one. make sure you try some deep-friend haggis and black pudding from a chippy when you’re up here.
    I made some quorn bolognese pasta that ariel couldn’t eat cause it felt like meat. but tasted pretty good. go the “quorn”

  3. Faye permalink
    July 22, 2009 7:45 am

    What do mean England is weird Scobie??? Nothing better than a good scotch egg! I hope you’ve been eating your quota of pork pies and pickle too? : )

  4. Trish permalink
    July 22, 2009 7:45 am

    you mean you’ve never had one before?!

  5. Ricardo permalink
    July 22, 2009 7:46 am

    It makes a cameo at the end here

  6. November 19, 2009 8:55 am

    It doesn’t look very nice to be honest…

  7. Mizzoula permalink
    May 2, 2010 3:41 am

    Scotch egg: invented in London (Fornum and Mason) not scottish really. Super yumtastic, though.

  8. jobo permalink
    June 1, 2010 1:19 pm

    lol Scotch egg :

  9. paula permalink
    June 12, 2010 5:57 am

    That sounds and look very tasty. I really would like to try it.

  10. February 23, 2011 4:00 pm

    This is the place for Scotch egg news:

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