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“Scotch eggs” made quick and easy

October 30, 2009

You may have seen the photo I uploaded to flickr with the most heavenly Scotch egg I ate in San Francisco. A Scotch egg is a hard boiled egg that is then peeled, coated in a sausage mixture, breaded and fried. scotch eggI realized that the reason I have probably never made them is because it is somewhat of an involved process. You have to pre cook the egg, then make a meat coating, deep fry the egg, etc. I wanted to bring you a simple way to achieve the same wonderful flavors and textures but in under ten minutes. It is the best breakfast of “eggs and bacon”. Here it is!

1. In a food processor combine a ¼ C of sliced salami, ¼ C. bread crumbs and ½ tsp whole anise seeds. Pulse chop to a crumble. (This is enough for two to three eggs).

2. Pan fry an egg over easy and set it on a plate.

3. Add a touch of olive oil (or butter) to the same pan you cooked the egg in and then add the ground salami mixture. Stir it around and watch it toast to golden brown and release a cloud of mouth-watering flavors.

4. Spoon the mixture over the fried egg and garnish with a little parsley or basil if you like. You can leave out the herbs and anise seed if you don’t have them.

Your mouth waters with the smell of the salami and toasted bread crumbs before you even take the first bite. The anise seed adds a depth of flavor, brightness, cleansing finish and almost a perceived sweetness. The toasted bread crumbs give you the fried sensation. When I closed my eyes I tasted a Scotch egg!! Enjoy!

Key flavor factors for this dish:
1. Keep the pan on medium heat so the egg is tender. Make sure to put a tsp of butter in the pan and let it melt before you crack the egg in. This will keep it from sticking and make it easy to flip.
2. Add a touch of olive oil to the same pan you cooked the egg in then add the salami mixture.
3. Stir the salami mixture as it browns. This only takes one minute.
4. If you have the whole anise seed it makes the dish really special.

Eat well, enjoy life, be happy.

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