During our trip to Oregon this summer, we came across a great Irish pub near Nye Beach in Newport. Not only does Nana's have to die for Reuben sandwiches, Cottage Pie and Bangers and Mash, their appetizers are second to none including Scotch Eggs. It was a first try for the big guy and he was suitably impressed.
Needless to say he's been hounding me for a repeat ever since and while I'd love another reason to head back to Oregon immediately, it does seem rather far to go for something we can make at home. Although we'd planned to rotisserie a chicken on the barby yesterday afternoon, our overindulgence Saturday night meant a change in menu. Salad seemed like a much better idea and I figured it'd be a great opportunity to make these cackleberries and put an end to the big guy's chirping.
Easy to make though a tad time consuming, these little gems are simply boiled eggs wrapped in a sausage blanket, dipped in crumbs and deep fried. Super right out of the fryer along with some grainy mustard, they're great cold too and in fact would be fabulous picnic food. Trust me, they're totally, completely and positively addictive.
1 dozen eggs, boiled, shelled and cooled
1 pound Jimmy Dean regular sausage
1 pound Hot Italian Sausage
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs, well beaten
1 tablespoon water
1-1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup panko crumbs
Dry eggs well with paper towels. Mix together regular and hot Italian sausage until well combined. Using one third cup of sausage, press it into a flat, round shape about 4 inches in diameter. (I pressed mine between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and then peeled off the wrap.) Place egg in center of sausage meat and form meat around the egg being sure to cover the egg completely. Set aside.
Set up a dredging station - Place flour in a container. Beat eggs together with water and set aside. Combine seasoned bread crumbs with panko crumbs and set aside. Coat sausage wrapped eggs in flour, then in egg mixture and finally roll in bread crumbs. Place coated eggs on a sheet pan and refrigerate for 20 minutes to set breading. Meanwhile heat a minimum of 2-1/2 inches of oil in deep fryer to 350. Cook eggs 3 at a time, without crowding for 4-1/2 minutes or until a deep golden brown. Remove when done and drain on a rack. Slice in half and serve with spicy grainy mustard. Store leftovers in coldest part of refrigerator.