Thursday, 2 June 2011

Quail and Lemon Scotch Eggs

I went shopping in Waitrose last week,
Oh how I love Waitrose and all the fabulously unusual food they stock.
While there I picked up a pack of 12 Quail eggs.
They stock cooked (£2.61 on offer, usually £3.49) Quail eggs 
They also stocked uncooked Quail eggs (£2.29 per pack).
So with something as special as Quail eggs you can't just boil them or make tiny little fried eggs...
well you can but seems like a bit of a waste of something so delicate and lovely.
So that begs the question what else can you do with them?
I decided to make some sweet little scotch eggs!

So here is my recipe....

  • 12 Quail Eggs
  • 375g Sausage Meat
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juice
  • 10g Finely chopped Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Sea Salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Cracked Pepper
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 50g Flour
  • 100g Olive bread crumbs (or plain if preferred)
  1. Place the Quail eggs into a pan and cover with water, place on heat until the eggs are hard boiled.
  2. While the eggs are cooling prepare the sausage meat. Place the meat into a bowl along with the chopped coriander, sea salt, cracked pepper, lemon zest and juice and mix well.
  3. Separate the Sausage meat mixture into 12 even balls
  4. Flatten out each of the balls of sausage meat and place the Quail egg in the middle and push the meat around the egg and then roll in your hand until the egg is completely covered and is shaped smooth and round.
  5. Place the flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs into separate bowls
  6. Dip each covered Quail egg into the flour bowl and lighten cover with the flour
  7. Then dip each of the flour coated eggs into the beaten egg and then immediately roll in the bread crumbs ensuring they are well covered
  8. Roll in your hands again to ensure the bread crumbs are adhered well
  9. Place on a baking tray with a trivet to allow the fat to dip off
  10. Place in a oven heated to 190C for about 20 minutes
  11. Alternatively you can cook them in a deep fat fryer, however this will significantly increase the fat content!
Obviously these can be made using Chicken eggs too or any type of egg you want..... 
even a Ostrich egg if you please!!
I hope you give these a go, they really are sooooo easy and extremely yummy!!

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