Scotch eggs: part curious oddity, part absolutely tantalizing mash up of burger and egg. My scotch egg inspiration is none other than Mel from The Clothes Make the Girl. You may know her as the fantabulous creator of cookbook Well Fed 2. Her Scotch Eggs recipe in Well Fed (the original) were nothing short of mind-blowing, and I’ve loved them ever since.
This is one of the 30 recipes featured in my award-winning book, The Performance Paleo Cookbook!
What’s a Scotch egg? Take seasoned ground meat, envelope a perfectly boiled egg inside and you get the protein-packed snack you see here. Traditionally, Scotch eggs are breaded so all we do is leave that part off. Easy peasy.
There are as many conceivable combinations for seasonings and meat as you can imagine, but I was looking for a way to use my Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mix with cinnamon, ginger and other warm spices. My mind wandered from pork to breakfast to breakfast sausage. Another plus: They’re great as a pre-workout snack!
- 6 medium eggs
- 1 lb lean ground pork
- 1 tbsp homemade gingerbread spice mix (click for recipe)
- 1-1/2 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp honey (optional, omit for Whole30)
- Start by cooking the eggs. I steam them instead of hard-boil because the shell comes *right* off. To do that, place a medium pot on the stovetop, and fit with a steamer basket. Add an inch of water to the pot, and bring the water to a boil. Place the eggs into the steamer basket, cover and steam for 10 minutes. Set up a medium bowl with ice and water. When the time is up, plunge the eggs right into the ice bath. Cool for at least 10 minutes and peel.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, gingerbread spice mix, salt, pepper and optional honey. Mix until combined but don't over mix; that'll make the meat tough. Now it's time to assemble the Scotch eggs.
- For each scotch egg: Fill a ⅓ cup measure with the seasoned ground pork and turn the lump into your hand. Flatten the pork into a wide circle like you're making a burger.
- Put the egg in the center. Carefully fold the meat circle up, gradually flattening as you go, until the egg is shrouded in meaty goodness. Make sure there are no cracks and that the meaty suit of armor is uniform.
- Place on the baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Eat hot or cold.
Serve with any kind of dipping sauce. I like mine with a dollop of homemade Paleo sriracha or some easy Paleo ghee Hollandaise.
Use maple syrup instead of honey.
Double the recipe.
Have you ever tried Scotch eggs? Do you have a favorite flavor combo?
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