Onion and Bhaji Scotch Egg

To make  a scotch egg with a free range egg encased with pork, onion, and bhaji seasoning coated in breadcrumbs is straightforward. What could be better for a lunchtime, summer celebration or picnic with this Indian take on a classic. A hard-boiled egg encased in a blend of pungent onion and bhaji spices which gives a whole new meaning to spiciness. You could try the seasoning used for a Begun Bhaji for example.  Note: It’s important to ensure that the ground pork is fully cooked and reaches a safe internal temperature before serving.

Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole cooked free-range eggs, peeled and cooled
  • 1 pound (450g) ground pork
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons bhaji seasoning or substitute with your preferred curry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, preferably panko or fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Preparation:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, finely chopped onion, bhaji seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  2. Take a portion of the pork mixture and flatten it in your hand. Place a peeled cooked egg in the center and gently wrap the pork mixture around the egg, ensuring it is completely covered. Repeat with the remaining eggs and pork mixture.
  3. Place the beaten eggs in a shallow bowl or dish. Dip each pork-covered egg into the beaten eggs, making sure it is coated evenly.
  4. Roll each coated egg in the breadcrumbs, pressing lightly to ensure they adhere to the pork mixture. Repeat with all the eggs.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a deep frying pan or pot over medium heat. The oil should be about 1-2 inches deep.
  6. Carefully place the coated eggs into the hot oil, a few at a time, and fry until they turn golden brown and crispy on all sides. This usually takes about 4-5 minutes.
  7. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked eggs from the oil and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  8. Repeat the frying process with the remaining coated eggs.
  9. Allow the eggs to cool slightly before serving.
  10. Serve the Whole Cooked Free Range Egg encased with Pork, Onion, and Bhaji Seasoning Coated in Breadcrumbs as a tasty appetizer or as part of a main meal.
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