My first exposure to crispy, greasy, delicious Keto Scotch Eggs was on YouTube. The normal recipe dredges the meat wrapped egg in wheat flour and is then deep-fried. I was left inspired but also wondering how to make a healthier gluten-free and keto version. My second thought was if they can be keto-friendly, can they be simplified further for a carnivore diet?
Three things inspired me to make this recipe. My love for meat, my love for eggs, and my love for a good recipe challenge!
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What’s a Scotch Egg?
Most commonly found in the United Kingdom, Scotch eggs are soft or hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs and then baked or deep-fried.
A popular picnic food, they can be found in supermarkets, corner shops, and in service stations.
Maria Rundell’s 1809 cookbook, A New System of Domestic Cookery, is credited as the first publication to print a Scotch Egg recipe. People have been enjoying this recipe for 210 years! Rundell presented the sausage enclosed egg concept as a dinner meal, to be served hot and with gravy. At the time the recipe did not have the bread crumb coating, supposedly, that was added in 1861 by Isabella Beeton.
I originally published this recipe using ground pork since pork is the classically used meat of choice. Many people combine ground pork and pork rinds together to form a shell that binds around the egg. However, not everyone has access to quality pork or enjoys it.
What can those people do?
My main goal in returning to this recipe was to learn how to make a keto scotch egg with no pork.
Could it be done?
I experimented with chicken sausage and fatty ground beef.
They both work!
You can use a fatty ground beef (like 75/25 or fattier) or chicken sausage for the wrap.
Ground beef is easy because all you have to do it press it into your hand and wrap around the egg. Chicken sausage is also pretty easy but has the added step of removing the meat from the casing first. You want to use chicken sausage specifically because it is fattier than just ground sausage.
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Tips for Keto Scotch Eggs
Ground beef will have a modest flavor, chicken sausage will of course include any herbs that are mixed in with the meat.
If you are interested in a variety of flavor, add ½ tablespoon of your favorite seasoning or seasoning mix.
There are many different types of culinary salts as well! They all modify the flavor slightly.
I loved these eggs with Hollandaise Sauce. Any low-carb dip would be great to serve on the side!
Serve with napkins, the crispy oily meat is delicious buy you may need something to wipe your hands on after.
Expecting company? Easily double or triple the recipe if you like it! It saves well and can be packed into everyone’s lunch box during the week.
Love leftovers? Scotch Eggs are easy to prep in bulk. Batch once and store leftovers in the fridge. They will be ready to go when you are!
With 1 g net carbs per serving, 3-Ingredient Keto Scotch Eggs are a delicious, low-carb way to enjoy one of your favorite appetizers while also staying on a keto diet.
The recipe below is 100% gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, paleo, low-carb, ketogenic and carnivore-friendly!
Scotch Eggs are great for a Carnivore Diet!
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Easy Keto Scotch Eggs (No Pork)
- 2 pounds ground beef or chicken sausage
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 12 large boiled eggs
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Line two small rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Combine beef (or chicken) and salt in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together and form into 12 meatballs. Place 6 meatballs on each of the lined baking sheets and press flat.
- Place one boiled egg in the middle of each circle of meat and wrap the meat around the egg, leaving no gaps or holes.
- Bake about 15 minutes, turn them over, and continue for another 10 minutes, until outside is golden brown. Place under the broiler to finish for 5 minutes for a crispy shell. Serve hot.