The Dwarves’ Scotch Eggs

Posted January 15, 2015 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Chronicles of Narnia (Jan. 2015) / 2 Comments


I’ve been saving this recipe for almost a year now. Scotch eggs have always sounded like such a fun recipe to try, and when I found out they were a favorite traveling snack of the dwarves of Narnia, they secured their place as the side dish in this menu. I’ve said before how much I love dwarves, and I can see why they love scotch eggs so much. These eggs are hearty with just a touch of spice—a truly great snack. 🙂

P.S. I found the recipe at Food Adventures in Fiction.

The Dwarves’ Scotch Eggs

“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”
— C.S. Lewis

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 16 oz Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 4-6 cups vegetable oil (depends on the size of your pot)

 

Makes 8 scotch eggs

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Hard boil your eggs using any method you choose (I used this method with 1/2 tsp baking soda added to the water).
  2. While you wait for your eggs, place your sausage in a large bowl and break it up into bits with your fingers. In a small bowl, lightly beat your extra egg. In another small bowl, stir together your bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Line up your bowls into an assembly line.

    I’ve found the best way to remove a sausage from its casing is to give the link a few good twists in the middle and push the meat out the ends (if the ends aren’t already open, you might need to slit them with a knife).
  3. When your eggs are cool, peel them. For each egg, take a palmful of sausage and flatten it out on your hand. Encase the egg in a thin layer of sausage, creating a sausage ball. One at a time, dip the sausage balls in the beaten egg and flip them once or twice until completely coated. Finally, roll each sausage ball in the bread crumbs.

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  4. Heat your oil on medium heat in a large pot. When the oil is hot, fry the scotch eggs two at a time. How long your scotch eggs need to cook will depend heavily on the thickness of the sausage layer. I recommend slitting the first batch with a knife to check doneness after cooking for 3 minutes on each side. If the sausage is still pink, put them back in the pot until the sausage is fully brown. Adjust your cook time for the remaining batches accordingly.
  5. Set your finished scotch eggs on a plate lined with a paper towel and let them sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve warm to your favorite Narnian dwarves! 🙂

    If you’re reheating these in the microwave, poke them with a fork in a few spots, making sure to insert the fork deep enough that you pierce the egg. An unpierced egg can store a lot of pressure after being microwaved and runs the risk of exploding…we may or may not have learned this the hard way.

 

 

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The Dwarves’ Scotch Eggs

Makes 8 Scotch eggs

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 16 oz Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 4-6 cups vegetable oil (depends on the size of your pot)

Instructions

  1. Hard boil your eggs using any method you choose.
  2. While you wait for your eggs, place your sausage in a large bowl and break it up into bits with your fingers. In a small bowl, lightly beat your extra egg. In another small bowl, stir together your bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Line up your bowls into an assembly line.
  3. When your eggs are cool, peel them. For each egg, take a palmful of sausage and flatten it out on your hand. Encase the egg in a thin layer of sausage, creating a sausage ball. One at a time, dip the sausage balls in the beaten egg and flip them once or twice until completely coated. Finally, roll each sausage ball in the bread crumbs.
  4. Heat your oil on medium heat in a large pot. When the oil is hot, fry the scotch eggs two at a time. How long your scotch eggs need to cook will depend heavily on the thickness of the sausage layer. I recommend slitting the first batch with a knife to check doneness after cooking for 3 minutes on each side. If the sausage is still pink, put them back in the pot until the sausage is fully brown. Adjust your cook time for the remaining batches accordingly.
  5. Set your finished scotch eggs on a plate lined with a paper towel and let them sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve warm to your favorite Narnian dwarves!
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2 responses to “The Dwarves’ Scotch Eggs

  1. Cait

    I cannot even function right now because I need to eat these so much. I remember feeling this way reading the Narnian books too. ERK I MUST MAKE THESE.

  2. They turned out really good! My husband packed one in his lunch every day last week. If you do make them, let me know how well the recipe works for you, particularly the cook time. My sausage was super coarse, so I adjusted the published cook time to allow for the fact that most people would be able to achieve a thinner sausage layer than me. It would be great to know how well it turns out for someone else! 🙂

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