Breakfast Sausage and Cornflake Scotch Eggs
Classic Scotch eggs—a pub snack of deep-fried, pork-sausage-and-breadcrumb-encased boiled eggs—are practically fit for breakfast as is. This version takes it a step further by swapping in crushed cornflakes for the breadcrumbs. Start by rolling pork sausage into thin patties and wrapping it around soft-boiled eggs. Coat the eggs in flour and whisked egg, dip them in the crushed cornflakes, and deep-fry them until they’re brown and crunchy. A drizzle of maple syrup ties the breakfast theme together and complements the savory sausage and rich egg flavor.
Special equipment: You’ll need a deep-frying/candy thermometer for this recipe.
This recipe was featured as part of our Scotch eggs project for Easter.
- 8 large eggs
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 cups cornflakes cereal (about 6 ounces)
- 12 ounces fresh pork breakfast sausage, casings removed
- 2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying
- Maple syrup, for dipping
1Place 6 of the eggs in a medium saucepan (they should fit in a single layer). Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then remove the pan from the heat. Cover it with a tightfitting lid and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare an ice water bath by filling a large bowl halfway with ice and water.
2When the eggs are ready, transfer them to the ice water bath using a slotted spoon. Let the eggs sit until they’re cold, about 10 minutes. Carefully crack and peel each egg. (It’s OK if your eggs aren’t perfectly peeled.) Rinse the eggs under cold water to remove any residual shell pieces and pat them dry with paper towels. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
3Crack the remaining 2 eggs into a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper, and lightly whisk with a fork to break them up; set aside. Place the flour in a shallow dish, season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine; set aside.
4Place the cornflakes in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment and process into fine crumbs (you should have about 1 cup). Alternatively, place the cornflakes in a resealable plastic bag, press out the air, and seal the bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the cornflakes into uniform fine crumbs. Place the crumbs in a second shallow dish; set aside.
5Divide the sausage into 6 even portions, roll each into a ball, and place on the baking sheet with the boiled eggs.
6Line a work surface with plastic wrap and have a second sheet of plastic wrap ready. Place 1 ball of sausage in the middle of the plastic wrap on the work surface and cover it with the second sheet of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, roll the sausage into a very thin patty about 5 inches in diameter.
7Peel off the top sheet of plastic wrap and set it aside. Place a boiled egg in the center of the patty. Gently pull the edges of the bottom plastic wrap up to enclose the egg in the sausage patty. Pick up the sausage-wrapped egg and use your hands to gently smooth out the surface and patch any holes, making sure the egg is completely and tightly encased in sausage. Return the egg to the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining sausage and boiled eggs.
8Dredge 1 sausage-enclosed egg in the flour. Next, dip it in the beaten eggs, letting the excess drip off. Finally, roll it in the cornflake crumbs until well coated, then gently press to adhere the coating. Return the egg to the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining eggs.
9Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F on a deep-frying/candy thermometer. Set a wire rack over a baking sheet; set aside.
10When the oil is ready, add 3 of the eggs. Fry, turning occasionally, until they’re golden brown and the sausage is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the eggs to the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining eggs.
11To serve, cut each egg in half and season the cut sides with salt. Serve with maple syrup for dipping.
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