published Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

A healthy take on the very unhealthy Scotch egg

Baking Scotch eggs in a very hot oven is a healthier way to enjoy this savory treat.
Baking Scotch eggs in a very hot oven is a healthier way to enjoy this savory treat.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Frankly, it's hard to produce a healthy rendering of a Scotch egg. But let's give it a go, because these delicious little calorie bombs are just too tempting.

For anyone not familiar with them, a Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg that is coated in in sausage, then deep-fried. They can be eaten cold or -- to add a few more calories -- hot with a side of gravy. However you eat them, the end result is a salty-savory-crunchy-tender-meaty ball of wonderful.

There's really only one place to cut back on the calories -- the frying. If you cut the egg or the sausage, it simply isn't a Scotch egg. But the frying is a possibility, especially since eliminating it also will make Scotch eggs easier to make.

And it turned out that baking the eggs in a very hot oven works nicely, producing a perfectly crisp outer coating without overcooking the tender egg inside.

Baked Scotch Eggs

7 eggs, divided

1 pound loose breakfast sausage meat

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 cups panko breadcrumbs

Salt and ground black pepper

Place 6 eggs in a medium saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover and remove the pan from the heat. Allow to sit for 8 minutes, then use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water until chilled.

Divide the sausage into 6 equal patties, using about 1/3 cup each, then set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining egg with the flour until smooth. Place the panko in another small bowl.

When the eggs are cool, heat the oven to 450 degrees. Carefully remove the egg shells and use paper towels to blot dry the eggs. One at a time, place each egg on one of the sausage patties. Use your hands to flatten and wrap the sausage around the egg until completely enclosed in sausage.

Dip each sausage covered egg first in the beaten egg, then in the panko. Mist each egg with cooking spray and arranging them on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and the sausage is cooked through. Serve immediately.

Start to finish: 1 hour. Servings: 6.

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