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Chorizo Scotch Eggs

Animal welfare has always been an area that interests me and something I feel strongly about. I think it’s really important we all know where our food comes from and what the animals go through to get it to us. So, when The Happy Egg Company invited me to their farm in Tring to see ‘the girls’ that lay their eggs, I knew I had to go.

Although I’d seen free range egg farms on the TV before, I’d never visited one so I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive about what I would see. I didn’t want to be put off eggs for life, since I eat so many… Simply put, I need not have worried at all!

The girls are treated like little egg-laying princesses! So much space, trees to shelter under, dust baths and food and water on tap all day. Sounds like heaven to me. Check here for more info on the luxury conditions these hens are kept in.

Just look at all that SPACE! I’d love to live there myself, never mind the chickens! I’m now completely satisfied that these hens live a life of luxury and couldn’t possibly be any happier. I will now ALWAYS buy Happy Eggs, safe in the knowledge I’m supporting this wonderful and humane way of farming and getting a better deal for the farmers too.

During my time there, I also has a great tour of the farm; looking at where the eggs are collected, how they are processed and learning all about the lives of the hens too.

Rather unsurprisingly, I left the farm laden with eggs and so many ideas buzzing around my head of what to do with them. One idea that just wouldn’t go away was making scotch eggs just like my mum always made at christmas and still does to this day. But everyone knows how to make a scotch egg, right? I decided I’d put a Crafty spin on it and use chorizo style sausages rather than just plain sausage meat. I think this was a pretty delicious idea, even if I do say so myself!

You can find chorizo style sausages in most big supermarkets these days and they are delicious. Don’t try this with cured and dried chorizo or even the little cooking chorizo as they are just too dry and won’t stick together enough to cover the egg.

For the breadcrumbs, it has to be those radioactive orange ones you get in the supermarket isles by the gravy for me. It’s what my mum always uses and what I will continue to use for anything that reminds me of her! If you’re feeling all fancy, you could use panko breadcrumbs or if you have too much time on your hands you could even make your own! I’m way too busy (lazy) for that…

Traditionally, these would be deep fried but I decided to buck the trend and bake them in the oven. I’m glad I did, because they taste just as good with a much reduced calorie count!

Of course, sweet chilli sauce is a good friend to any egg dish and this one is no exception.

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Chorizo Scotch Eggs
A traditional scotch egg, but wrapped in chorizo style sausages for flavour. Oven cooked for a healthier meal!
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g chorizo style sausages
  • A small cup of breadcrumbs
  • A small cup of plain flour
1. Bring a pan of water to a gentle boil and place 3 of the eggs in the water. Allow to boil slowly for 4mins for room temperature eggs or 6mins for eggs from the fridge. 2. Rinse the eggs under running cold water until completely cold and then peel. 3. Squeeze the sausages from their skins and combine together. Separate into 3. 4. Taking a portion of the sausage, flatten it out into your hand and then wrap around 1 of the eggs. Massage it around until the egg is completely covered and there are no cracks in the sausage with egg showing through. Repeat for the remaining eggs. 5. Set up 3 bowls containing the flour, then the remaining egg (beaten), then the breadcrumbs. Dip the sausage-covered eggs into the bowls in that order to bread them and place onto a baking tray. 6. Bake in an oven preheated to 170ºC for 30mins, turning after 15mins. Once cooked, remove and leave to cool before serving warm.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3 scotch eggs, two eggs for a meal and one for leftovers (snacking!)

I’ve found some other great takes on the humble scotch egg from fellow bloggers:

I hope you enjoy! Any questions? Let me know below!

Disclaimer: I was asked by The Happy Egg Company to visit their farm free of charge. I was compensated for my time in attending and also for developing this delicious recipe. As always, all views expressed are my own honest opinions and I wasn’t required to write a positive review.

5 thoughts on “Chorizo Scotch Eggs”

  • I am totally in love with your Chorizo Scotch eggs and will definitely be making them. Lovely to see all those happy chickens with their equally happy eggs. We get our eggs from a local farm where they are also free range, but will look out for Happy Eggs when I need to top up. Thanks for including a link to my Moroccan Haggis Scotch Egg recipe.

  • Chorizo sausages – what a great idea! I'm usually a mayo fan with a scotch egg, but chilli sauce sounds fab too.
    I was hoping come along to the farm visit, but we had other plans that day. Shame, it would have been lovely to meet you!

  • I'm not usually a big fan of scotch eggs but I think win the chorizo twist you've given them they sound amazing! Definitely going to try these, and agree that baking them is a great way to reduce the calories.

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