Scotch eggs, as the tradition says, are wrapped in minced meat and then breaded. Sometimes they are deep-fried, but they can be baked too. The Oxford English Dictionary provides the first example of the name Scotch eggs in 1809. Originally, Scotch eggs did not have a breadcrumb layer, which made them quite Keto friendly! 😀 The Oxford Companion to Food hypothesises that the origin might be Indian or other oriental cuisines.
On the other hand, the London department store Fortnum & Mason claims to have invented Scotch eggs in 1738, as the food on the go. To be fair, they unquestionably popularised Scotch eggs.
According to Culinary Delights of Yorkshire, Scotch eggs originated in Whitby, Yorkshire, sometimes in the 19th century. Yorkshire version used fish paste instead of minced meat. Now, this sounds very KMD friendly! The additional origin of the name could be the egg trade from Scotland in the 19th century. It sometimes involved dipping eggs in a lime powder for preservation, a process possibly known as ‘scotching’.
Regardless of their origin, they are super-tasty
Naturally, when you wrap eggs in minced meat as we did in our Easter roll, the results are always delightful. The advantage of Keto, and especially our Keto Mediterranean diet is the abundance of vital nutrients. For this reason, we decided to work on a Keto Mediterranean version of Scotch eggs. Naturally, they will be infused with the flavours of Greece! All sorts of Greek creations with minced meat, such as Kebab, keftedes or feta meatballs end up being super-satisfying. In fact, this will serve as a perfect inspiration!
To fry or not to fry? That is the question!
Searching the internet, one can find so many low-carb or Keto Scotch eggs recipes. However, most of the authors decided to bake them or use the air fryer. We will stay traditional and use the high-temperature safe frying fat/oil. But don’t worry, we will swim in the healthy “waters”.
Original are fried in lard, but since we care about the Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio, we will create a different frying oil/fat. This mixture will surprise you in flavour and ease of use. As you know, coconut oil and tallow could be the best choices for frying due to their resistance to high temperatures.
Well, shall we get started? Aye!!!