Mini baked Scotch eggs with quails’ eggs and chorizo
Oh, but these are good! However, let’s make this clear up front – this is NOT a quick recipe! These take quite a bit of time to make. I thought they were more than worth it, but don’t start making them and expect to be done in ten minutes! Quails’ eggs are a bit of a bugger to peel.
These make a perfect snack and are ideal for a picnic. I took them for a picnic on the beach with friends, and they went down very well. They’re good hot or cold, and I can particularly recommend them with a little smear of mustard.
I don’t really like frying food, so I decided to bake these. It doesn’t quite make them entirely healthy, but it’s an improvement! The chorizo in them released a fair bit of oil during the baking, so make sure you have kitchen roll ready at the end of cooking.
– 18 quails’ eggs
– 100g chorizo
– 400g sausage meat (I bought sausages and squeezed the meat out, but you can buy the meat directly from your butcher)
– 1 tablespoon dried thyme
– 1 hen’s egg, beaten
– 50g flour
– 200g breadcrumbs
1. Place the quails’ eggs carefully in a pan. Pour over enough water to cover and bring to the boil. Once the water starts to boil, set your timer for two minutes. After two minutes, transfer the eggs to a colander and run under cold water for at least 3 minutes.
2. While the eggs cool, place the sausage meat, chorizo and thyme in a food processor with fresh black pepper and whizz together until they are thoroughly mixed.
3. Now, peel the eggs! Tap them first then carefully peel all of the shell away. It is fiddly and will take time. Be patient, it’s worth it in the end.
4. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
5. Assembly time! Divide the meat mixture into 18 balls (I halved it, split each half into three sections, and then made three Scotch eggs from each section). Flatten the ball of mixture in your hand, place the quails’ egg in the middle and stretch the meat mixture around it. Smooth out any gaps as these will split during cooking. Repeat with the other 17 quails’ eggs.
6. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Place three shallow bowls out for the flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs. Take one of the egg-and-meat bundles and roll it in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs. Place on the sheet. Then, you’ve guessed it, repeat 17 times!
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Make sure all of the meat is cooked through. Once cooked, drain onto kitchen paper.
8. If not eating immediately, store in containers lined with more kitchen roll. Do not put the lid on the container until they are cooled, or they will go soggy. Enjoy!
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