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Sunday Brunch at home – Vegetarian Scotch Eggs

August 8, 2016

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Sunday brunch.. or brunch on any day for that matter. I do enjoy brunching out but sometimes the food can be disappointing/expensive, the queues too long and you get rushed out before you could order a second mimosa coffee. Welcome to another Sunday Brunch recipe, made at home for you to enjoy. 

You know when you see something once, take notice and then suddenly it’s everywhere you look. This recently happened to me with scotch eggs. Blessed, I know. I’ve never had a scotch egg before and it seemed the universe was trying to tell me something. I awoke Saturday morning with a very clear mission: make vegetarian scotch eggs.

Vegetarian Scotch Eggs - Dancing Through Sunday Whoever came up with the idea of wrapping eggs in stuff and breadcrumbs then frying them was someone full of great intellect. Scotch eggs are delicious and I struggle to accept that I’ve never had one until my 24th year of life. 24 years without a scotch egg is too long.

Let’s get right to it – this is serious business.

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Scotch eggs are generally a soft boiled egg cased in sausage meat and crumbed then fried. To vegetarianise I used a combination of butter beans and falafel blitzed in a food processor. The spices from the falafel gave the mixture a nice punch of herbs and spices and from my memory of what sausages used to taste like, it wasn’t too far off.

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The mixture was the perfect consistency to carefully mould around the boiled egg and was near close to perfection. If there was anything I could do to improve this brunch, I’d learn how to hard boil an egg properly, doh! 

 

This was a really nice way to start my weekend and the scotch eggs were so jam packed full of protein (eggs, chickpeas and beans) that brunch doubled as lunch which satisfied me right up until dinner time. 

Paired with some simple veg this would be a perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don’t go another year without scotch egging. 

Vegetarian Scotch Eggs
Yields 4
Tasty vegetarian scotch eggs shallow fried in butter beans and falafels for a protein filled breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 large free-range eggs
  2. 4 small falafels roughly chopped
  3. 1 400g tin butter beans (or cannellini)
  4. 1 teaspoon dried or fresh dill leaves
  5. Pinch Salt
  6. Freshly ground black pepper
  7. 125g plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  8. 1 free-range egg, beaten
  9. 125g white breadcrumbs seasoned with 1 teaspoon rosemary and salt
  10. Vegetable/olive oil for shallow frying
Instructions
  1. Place the eggs in a pan of boiling salted water and gently simmer for 6 1/2 mins. Drain and cool the eggs under cold running water, then peel and set aside.
  2. Drain the beans, and rinse thoroughly in cold water. Mash them together with the finely chopped falafels and pulse in a food processor with the dill, salt and pepper.
  3. Add half of the beaten egg (keep the remaining for the crumbing), along with all of the seasoning and mix.
  4. Divide into four 100g portions and flatten each out on a piece of clingfilm about 40cm squared, into ovals double the size of your egg.
  5. Place each egg onto the oval, then pick the clingfilm square up by its corners, and use it to wrap the bean mix around each egg. Make sure the coating is smooth and completely covers the egg.
  6. Roll each egg into flour first, then in the beaten egg, rolling to coat completely, then roll in the breadcrumbs to completely cover.
  7. Heat the oil in a deep heavy-bottomed pan, you want about 4-5cm of oil. Test oil is ready (with a breadcrumb - if it sizzles and turns brown you're ready).
  8. Carefully place each scotch egg into the hot oil and deep-fry for 2-3 minutes each side, until golden and crisp.
  9. Carefully remove the egg from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper
Notes
  1. You want to under cook your eggs when boiling so you still end up with runny yolks after deep frying in the oil.
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5 Comments

  • Reply Yasmin February 7, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I love your recipes!
    Have you tried steaming your eggs? It’s a revelation I swear. Pop them in one of those metal veg steamers and place in a pan with an inch of boiling water. Cover and steam for 6 minutes then dunk in cold water. White is set but the yolk is gloriously oozy. See my photo https://www.instagram.com/p/BKc2iU8AIZe/
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    • Reply Bec February 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Whaaa?! I have not. Sounds amazing, I shall give it a crack

  • Reply Alex January 14, 2017 at 12:31 am

    I’ve never had a scotch egg either but boy are they gorgeous! Love how creatively you re-purposed falafel πŸ™‚

    • Reply Bec February 21, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Thanks! They were super easy to blitz πŸ™‚

  • Reply Claudia @ The Brick Kitchen September 6, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I have to admit that I’ve never had scotch eggs either… yours look awesome though and love the gif! Hope your having a lovely week πŸ™‚

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