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Sep 21, 2000 12:18 PM

Scotch Eggs

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Are these really Scotch? Where does one find them in the US?

This has always puzzled me, specifically because the only place I have ever seen them is as part of the "traditional" Japanese New Year's meal ("skotchi eggu"). When I had them, they were wrapped in hamburger, not sausage, but otherwise pretty much as described in JP's death-row link.

Western food permeates everyday life in Japan, but not the New Year's meal. It is **VERY** Japanese, and this one item stands out like a sore thumb. My Japanese friends/colleagues have no idea how this came to be included, or even where it comes from.

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  1. All I can tell you is that a former co-worker, our cook, would make them. Her brother lives in Scotland and she visited him often, and learned to make them from his native Scot wife. She used sausage and cracker crumbs.

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    1. re: Betty
      Jessica Shatan

      These were all over London in 1992, like a snack/street food. I just assumed they were a British invention, brought to them by the Scottish.

      1. re: Jessica Shatan

        Or perhaps it's that you can only get them down after you've drunk a lot of Scotch.

        1. re: Jessica Shatan

          Invented 160 years ago by Fortnum & Mason, London, England. Not Scottish at all. Very very English.

          Update: They think Haggis has English heritage as well, as historians found references, both to both Haggis and Scottish Haggis.

          1. re: BeeRich

            I don't care where they came from; they're delicious, and that's enough for me. And if F&M invented them, good for them! A couple of Scotch eggs and a bit of freshly-made hot mustard and a pint = lunch... and I'm not even English!

            1. re: BeeRich

              i would guess - and it is a guess, that haggis predates both england and scotland

        2. I grew up on them and still make them often. Suasage meat and panko are the what I use to coat the egg.

          1. I spent some time in the UK for work and a food truck would pull up everyday and I'd buy a Scotch Egg. Good stuff. Must try to make them sometime.

            1. An English Pub close to my house has them on the menu.

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              1. re: iluvtennis

                An English pub just opened up in town....hmm, I'll have to check it out for the Scotch eggs!

              2. The Argyle, a Scottish restaurant in Kearny, New Jersey has them on the menu. It is covered with sausage and crumbs, and the egg becomes 'hard boiled'.

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                1. re: phDuh

                  the egg is already hard boiled, then wrapped in sausage meat and coated then fried.

                  1. re: smartie

                    I was going to point out it's pretty hard to wrap sausage around a raw egg but it seemed so obvious....

                    1. re: KTinNYC

                      'it's pretty hard to wrap sausage around a raw egg "

                      love me some scotch eggs. We get them each fall at our local renaissance fair, where they are deep fried. is this the usual method? can they be baked, do you think?

                      1. re: jujuthomas

                        "can they be baked, do you think"

                        Probably not with great success. The benefit of frying is that it will quickly cook the sauasge and breadcrumbs without harming the hard boiled egg.