The other day a blog reader asked if I had a healthier version of Scotch Eggs. It was a bizarre coincidence because literally the day before I had been brainstorming with my Mum how I might slim down the traditional United Kingdom belly bombs. Scotch eggs are a traditional pub fair and picnic food in the UK. They consist of a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, encrusted in flour and bread crumbs and then deep-fried till golden. Breaded, fatty and fried is not an option in my post weight loss surgery world so here is my healthier, low carb, baked and I think more delicious version. Oh and my British Mum has given it two thumbs up. I hope my blog reader, Sue enjoys them too.
Shelly's Baked Scotch Eggs
4 Hard Cooked Eggs, peeled
1/2 pound Sweet Italian Sausage, bulk
1 oz. (about 28 almonds) Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Chipotle Almonds
1/8 cup Almond Meal
Hard boil the eggs, allow to cool, peel and set aside. In a mini food processor, grind Honey Roasted Chipotle Almonds (can't find these almonds, another savory seasoned almond would work fine) till just ground. Pour ground seasoned almonds out onto shallow plate and mix with almond meal till thoroughly combined.
Divide the sausage meat into 4 equal portions. I used pork sausage but for an even lighter version you could use chicken sausage. Form each portion into a flat pancake large enough to fit around the egg. Work the sausage meat around the egg as evenly as possible.
Roll your sausage covered egg into the almond crumbs. Pat them a bit to be sure they are stuck and completely coated. Place on a non-stick baking pan.
I used my mini meatloaf pan so they didn't roll around. It worked out perfectly. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, flip and bake 10 minutes more. Allow to cool slightly and serve plain or with my Mustard Yogurt Dip.
Shelly's Mustard Yogurt Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (I used plain, 2%)
2 Tablespoons Grainy (or whatever you like) Mustard
dash of Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
Mix together till well blended.
These are soooo good and really are a complete meal on there own but a simple green salad would go nicely with them too and would be perfect for an end of the summer picnic.
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