I'm proud of my Scottish heritage, as well as my love of food (heck- I'm a Midwesterner!) This named for the Seven Rivers Highland Society here in St. Louis, MO, and for Hogmanay- a truly Scottish celebration!
Scotch Eggs were invented in London by Fortnum & Mason, a food shop, in 1851- apparently in a "Let's pretend to be Scottish" craze. Silly sasenachs! But the name stuck, as did their portability. Some call these "picnic eggs", some call them "savory eggs" (using chopped eggs) but these are a great item to bring to the office pot-luck, that will leave your co-workers raving!
I first tried Scotch Eggs at the Missouri Tartan Day Festivities a few years ago. I was hooked and when I finally saw how easy they were to make I mastered them! And searched the world over for variations! And the one I liked was the one from The HandMade Scotch Egg Company in the UK. Alas, we can't get them here- but here is my version of one of theirs. If you go there, avoid the pre-packaged ones at Tesco's, Sainsbury's and the ilk as those are horrid! And when you can get them here, some are poorly made, and served with a lack-luster approach as an "appetizer". Yet, these are an easy and unique way to take a quick breakfast out the door to work and can eat this in the car with one hand and no mess! Yep- Portability!
The key I learned to making any type of Scotch Egg is the quality of the sausage! If you use the low-priced, "discount" stuff, you will end up with holes and gaps in the outer sausage shell. Go for Jimmy Dean, R.B.Rice, Johnsonville, or your favourite one. My daughter loves making these, and everytime we have taken them to a pot-luck lunch, or just something different.
EGG + HAM + SAUSAGE + BREAD(ing) = YUMMMM.