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Hard boiled quail egg wrapped in sausage, coated in bread crumbs, then fried. Hi.

Do you ever go to a super pretentious party and they serve weird appetizers that look like cat food on a cracker? I’ve been there. I usually eat it, even if it smells like cat food too. Why not? I’ll eat just about anything, and because I have cats, the cat food smell is nothing new to me. In fact, I like the smell of cat food now. Anyway. Super pretentious food sucks. No one really likes it, and if you do like it, you are simultaneously admitting that you too, are pretentious. Enter Scotch Eggs. Its like the median between pretentious and trashy, kinda. You have a quail egg (pretentious? sorta), and then breakfast sausage (not even close to pretentious), IN ONE. Plus its fried, so that should give it like +5 un-pretentious points. its delicious, and pretty. How can you not like breakfast compacted into a small little meat ball? I dunno.
♥ Teri

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Scotch Eggs
Makes: 12

12 quail eggs, hard boiled and peeled
1/2 pound low sodium breakfast sausage
1  cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
salt and pepper to taste
1 quart oil for frying
12 wooden cocktail picks

1. Pour oil into a large pot and begin preheating on medium-high heat.
2. Place about 1 tablespoon of sausage, evenly, around each quail egg, forming a thin meatball-like layer around the eggs.
3. Place breadcrumbs and ¼ cup parmesan into a shallow dish and gently roll eggs in mixture until fully coated.
4. Once oil has reached 350° F, fry eggs in two batches, for 5 minutes.
5. Drain on paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
6. Finish with a sprinkle of the remaining ¼ cup of parmesan and serve on cocktail picks.

  1. baconandbaileys Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve been curious about Scotch Eggs for about two years now, since I first heard of their meaty little existence. Could I sub in chicken eggs for quail? Regardless, I say YAY for portable balls of breakfast-y goodness!!

  2. myFudo Not Specified Not Specified

    This is new for me, looks delicious. After preparing the eggs can I use a dipping sauce like peanut? Love this post. Nice photo.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Yes you can! I have made a maple-butter sauce this in the past. They become breakfast bites and they’re awesome! Glad you like this one!

    • Shelly Not Specified Not Specified

      When I first heard of Scotch Eggs, the recipe included a mayo/horseradish sauce that works out great, so that’s another option. The heat of the horseradish really cuts the fatty taste of the sausage. . . so beyond great.

  3. Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve also been wondering about scotch eggs. I always get nervous about the cooking time and if all the meat will be cooked when it is done. But, if you’ve got a good recipe, I’m ready to give them a try.


  4. Linda Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow! Great pictures!! I love scotch eggs. I tried the quail egg version at the Hind’s Head (Heston Blumenthal’s pub in Bray), and thought I’d never be able to make them (though I’ve experimented with large eggs)…so thanks for this recipe!

  5. Beth Michelle Not Specified Not Specified

    I have never had scotch eggs before but I love quail eggs and I love breakfast sausage and I love things that are fried sooooo yeah I really would love to try these!!

  6. Jen Not Specified Not Specified

    serving scotch eggs as an appetizer at a Robbie Burns party. What would compliment them as a appetizer?

  7. John Not Specified Not Specified

    The most common sauce to be used is brown sauce like HP.

  8. BJ Not Specified Not Specified

    I haven’t had these in a bazillion years! Can’t wait to “retry” them…=)

  9. Sandy Not Specified Not Specified

    We used to get the Scotch Eggs at Celtic Cafe in Winston Salem, NC. Now they are closed. They used to serve them with the HP sauce. I will have to try the recipe. Thanks

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  11. Connie Not Specified Not Specified

    Love the recipe ! Thanks so much, want to try this one.

  12. Kat Not Specified Not Specified

    I’d really like to try making these but I tried making the deviled quail eggs in your book and they wouldn’t peel nicely so in the end it turned into an expensive egg salad. Do you have any tips for cooking/peeling them that may help?

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  14. Rosie Not Specified Not Specified

    I love how easy you make it sound – when I did mine I had a right kerfuffle with them – ended up working out but took me a good 2 hours!! It was my first blog post though haha. I love how crispy yours look.

    Have been following your blog for a couple of years and love it.


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