An Unexpected Cookbook: Baked Scotch Eggs

A review of Baked Scotch Eggs from An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery

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Baked Scotch Eggs

These sounded too good not to make!  Hard boiled eggs wrapped in meat?  Yes please!

I started by boiling my eggs; there’s no step for this in the recipe, since they’re listed as already boiled in the ingredient list.20181117_083208

While the eggs boiled, I mixed the garlic and spices together.  There is A LOT of spices for this recipe.

About 1 tbsp. of the spice mix is combined with bread crumbs, and the rest is mixed into ground beef along with a raw egg.  Best to mix the beef with your hands! 20181117_085611

Now the recipe calls for a second raw egg to be mixed with a tbsp of water…but there was only 1 raw egg in the ingredients list, and 2 raw eggs used in the instructions.  Whoops!

The ground beef mixture is divided into 6 portions, and each portion is flattened and then wrapped around the eggs.  The first couple were a bit tricky, but then I got the hang of it!

The egg-meatball is dipped in the raw egg, and then rolled in the bread crumbs.  Finally, it’s placed on a meat rack on an aluminum foil-covered baking sheet.20181117_091332

I didn’t have a meat rack, so I used a cooling rack instead.  I did have some issues with the ground beef sinking into the cooling rack a bit, but they still turned out well.

And then into the oven they go, turning them every 15 minutes.

Taste: 8/1020181117_100404

This was very good, but I thought the spices were a bit overkill.  I could have done with half of what they asked for.  They also turned out a bit dry.

Difficulty: Average

This actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, but it does require a lot of steps and covering the eggs in meat can have its challenges.

Cost: Average / Expensive

You’ll need to purchase eggs, ground beef (and/or pork), breadcrumbs, and a variety of spices.  Make sure you check the amounts needed for this recipe before you go grocery shopping, because the recipe calls for a larger than typical amount!

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Note:

Though the ingredients list says only 1 raw egg is needed, this recipe actually calls for 2 raw eggs.  It also suggests serving with hot mustard, which is not listed in the ingredients list either.

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