Scotch eggs with bois boudran dipping sauce

  • medium
  • makes 12
  • 30 minutes

Scotch eggs have surged back into fashion in recent times and now can be found on the menu of many restaurants and pubs throughout Britain. Galton Blackiston's Scotch egg recipe uses quail's eggs but hen's eggs will work just as well. Once you have cracked making them, experiment with different flavours like truffle oil or whatever takes your fancy.

First published in 2015




Scotch egg


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 200g of flour
  • 10g of salt
  • 100g of breadcrumbs

Bois boudran dipping sauce

  • 150ml of rapeseed oil
  • 50ml of white wine vinegar
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 85g of ketchup
  • 100g of shallots, finely chopped
  • 15g of chervil, finely chopped
  • 10g of tarragon, finely chopped
  • 5g of chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 drops of Tabasco


  • Sugar thermometer


Start the scotch eggs by boiling your quail eggs for 2 and a 1/2 minutes. After boiling, refresh the eggs in ice water for 20 minutes, then peel
In a large bowl, combine the sausage meat with the Dijon mustard, chives, chervil, egg, salt and white pepper. Lay out the meat on a baking sheet and put another baking sheet on top. With a rolling pin, gently roll over the top baking sheet in order to roll out the meat to about 1cm thick
Remove the baking sheets and divide the meat into 12 portions. Place a peeled quail egg on each portion of meat and roughly mould the meat around the egg, being careful not to overlap too much. Repeat for each egg
In three separate bowls, have your egg wash, breadcrumbs and flour mixed with salt, ready. Coat the eggs by dipping each one into the flour, then the egg wash, followed by the breadcrumbs - rolling the eggs in your hand to keep their shape. Chill the eggs in the fridge until needed
To make the bois boudran dipping sauce, mix all the ingredients for the sauce - apart from the tabasco - together in a bowl until combined
Gradually add the tabasco, tasting after every drop to ensure the sauce is not too spicy. Set aside
  • 5 drops of Tabasco
To cook the Scotch eggs, fill a large saucepan with vegetable oil to halfway and cook over a low heat. Heat the oil to 180ºC, using a sugar thermometer to check the temperature
  • vegetable oil
Carefully place your Scotch eggs into the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes - or until golden all over. Remove the eggs from the oil and place onto kitchen towel to dry a little - the Scotch eggs should be golden on the outside and retain their liquid centre. Serve with the bois boudran dipping sauce
First published in 2015

There can't be many Michelin-starred chefs who started out selling homemade cakes, biscuits and preserves on a market stall in Rye in 1979. Yet, the quietly spoken, endearingly eccentric Galton Blackiston isn't like other chefs.

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