Who doesn’t love some nice greasy pub food once in a while? This paleo scotch eggs recipe will satisfy that craving without sacrificing your health goals.
I love taking generally unhealthy bar food and “healthifying” it. It’s like junk food without the junk. Win-win!
What is a scotch egg?
While many people believe that scotch eggs are a Scottish delicacy, others say that scotch eggs get their name from a process called “scotching” which is referring to the process of mincing the meat before wrapping it around a hard-boiled egg.
Essentially though, a scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg wrapped with sausage meat and then rolled in breadcrumbs before being deep-fried or baked.
Ingredients for scotch eggs
A traditional scotch eggs recipe will generally call for the following ingredients:
- Fresh whole eggs
- Sausage meat or seasoned ground pork
- Breadcrumbs (made from wheat based bread)
In this healthier oven baked scotch eggs recipe, I use the following ingredients:
- Fresh whole eggs
- Sausage meat or seasoned ground pork with clean ingredients
- Ground up pork rinds for breading
How to make a scotch egg
The process of how to make a scotch egg is pretty straightforward.
- Soft-boil your eggs
Depending on whether you want your egg yolk to be runny when you cut into your fresh cooked scotch egg – I highly recommend this!
- Peel and rinse your soft-boiled eggs
- Prepare sausage or seasoned ground pork for wrapping around the hard-boiled eggs
If you are using sausage, you can buy ground sausage meat or you can take store-bought sausages and remove them from the casing. Note that this only works for uncooked sausages.
- Split your sausage out into small balls
Make them slightly bigger in size than the hard or soft-boiled eggs
- Form the sausage around the hard or soft-boiled eggs until the egg is completely covered
You can find more detailed instructions below as well as a how-to video.
- Mix together your breading of choice and roll the sausage covered eggs in it until fully covered
- Either deep fry or bake your scotch eggs until the sausage is fully cooked through
In this recipe I show you how to make an oven baked scotch egg.
How to make a baked scotch egg
The only difference between deep-fried scotch eggs and oven baked scotch eggs is the way they are cooked. Instead of deep frying them in vegetable oil, they are baked in the oven instead.
This removes the use of vegetable oils and lowers the amount of fat and calories in the recipe. It is also a lot easier and way less messy of a process.
What can you use for a scotch egg sauce?
As far as I know there is no standard scotch egg sauce, but from all my experience in eating them, I personally think they taste best with either grainy mustard or some type of mayonnaise-based sauce.
You can even mix mayonnaise with mustard to make a creamier and more satisfying scotch egg sauce! Mind blown.
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Paleo scotch eggs (gluten free & keto)
- Food processor or blender
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Large pot
- 5 soft boiled eggs (shells removed)
- 5 large uncooked sausages (or 10 small)
Paleo/gluten free coating
- 1/4 cup ground pork rinds
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- Preheat oven to 400F
- In a food processor or blender, grind up your pork rinds. You can also do this with a mortar and pestle.
- Mix all ingredients together for the coating in a bowl and set aside.
- Remove sausage casing from uncooked sausages. You can do this by running a knife lengthwise down the side of the sausage. Then you will be able to peel off the casing and remove the meat on the inside.
- Using your hands, roll the sausage into 5 small balls.
- Flatten the sausage balls into disk like shapes.
- Gently place each peeled soft boiled egg in the middle of a sausage disk and begin wrapping the sausage around. It may seem like the sausage wont fully enclose the egg, but keep gently pushing and spreading thicker areas around and eventually it will enclose the egg.
- Once all the eggs have been enclosed, dip them into the pork rind mixture and toss to completely coat.
- Place the coated balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until the sausage is cooked through.
- Remove from the oven and enjoy.
Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. She shares her gluten free, dairy free & allergy friendly recipes.