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Randalls

There’s certainly a rustic appearance about the Randalls Butchers Scotch egg. It’s meaty with a thick, rugged rim of breadrumbs. Rough and crumbly. The sausage meat appears to be unseasoned. There are no flecks of colour. No black dots of pepper or green strands of parsley. You cannot scent fresh thyme or spring onion, but rather plain, flat sausage meat which cushions the centre egg. The egg itself is fine. Just fine. It’s not over-boiled and has a rich, vibrant orange yolk.

This is a run of the meal production. A basic Scotch egg. Faultless but by no means exciting.

Price: £

Overall: 2/5

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Ben’s Canteen

Who claims precedence over a recipe? One who devised the creation or the establishment it homes? Well this is Dave Ahern’s third conception of the famed meaty morsel – at Ben’s Canteen in Clapham – and it’s his best. A triumph!

Yes, it’s over-complicated; interweaving as many ingredients as there are ideas in Ahern’s head, but the resulting orb is astonishing. Consider the list of ingredients: the sausage meat is prepped to the chef’s own unique spec, then cooked in a finished egg with cubed black pudding and baked bean flavourings. The breadcrumbs are made from dried mushrooms and bacon, which become powder-like, and is then added to fresh breadcrumbs (blitzed fresh white bread), rolled twice, and a final third time before cooking (deep-fried and then finished in the oven).

It’s an ideal size. A real feat when all the components of a full English breakfast are included, and rolled up inside. There’s a scorched bacon scent when cut and the meat reveals all those smells which make the full English such an staple. The breadcrumbs are strong and flavoursome, and there’s the faint taste of baked beans against black pudding. The centre egg is perfectly executed; warm and runny, soaking into the meat. Easily one of the best Scotch eggs in town, and perhaps the most moreish, so just as well it’s available throughout the day.

Price: £5.00
Overall: 5/5

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The 12 Scotch eggs of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Blitzen Scotch egg,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
The Cupid Scotch egg,
A Blitzen Scotch egg,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Christingle Scotch egg,
The Cupid Scotch egg,
A Blitzen Scotch egg,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Pippin Scotch egg,
A Christingle Scotch egg,
The Cupid Scotch egg,
A Blitzen Scotch egg,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Whisky Mac Scotch egg,
A Pippin Scotch egg,
A Christingle Scotch egg,
The Cupid Scotch egg,
A Blitzen Scotch egg,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS SCOTCH EGG UNDER THE TREE!

Thanks to The Handmade Scotch Egg Company

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Merry Christmas

A two into one combination from The Handmade Scotch Egg Company in which the Monty and Scrumpy recipes come together for a new festive treat. Free-range Saddleback pork is well seasoned with salt, black pepper, sage, onion, dry cured ham, and apples (2%). The result is a full and flavoursome rim of thick sausage meat. Scrumpy cider has also been added for sweetness which cuts nicely through the ham, and there’s a slight alcoholic kick. Mmmhhh! Hic!

It’s a traditional looking morsel. There’s something classic and rustic in the appearance, but on the palette it’s active with curious festive flavours.

Price: £2.85

Overall: 3.5/5

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Cupid

A bit of Roman mythology goes nicely with Christmas, when we’re spending time with our families and loved ones. This festive, golden orb is named after the god of desire, affection and erotic love. Now I feel erotically about almost all Scotch eggs. I don’t expect you to understand, however let’s hope that my explanation of this particular meaty morsel goes some way in making you weak at the knees.

Free-range pork is seasoned and mixed with delicious smoked bacon and chopped apricots. Inspired by cherubs-on-horseback, and to save you going to all the trouble of skewering slices of bacon around apricots, the hard work has been done for you. A seriously thick rim of sausage meat has a sexy senses-stealing smokiness and there’s the finishing sweetness of cuped apricots to make the heart beat faster.

Cut in half and share with a loved one.

Price: £2.75

Overall: 3.5/5

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Christingle

 

This festive take on the meaty morsel has gone all kinds of crazy. The free-range pork is peppered with crunchy, crumbled chestnuts, there’s onions and black pepper for a warm lick in winter, and tingly orange peel adds a smack to the lips. The egg sits nicely in position, held firm by the seasoned sausage meat. It’s rich and creamy and results in a soft flavour amalgamation.

A double rolling of breadcrumbs adds extra girth and a bumpy, rustic casing just waiting to be bitten into.

Price: £2.85

Overall: 3/5

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Pippin

 

There’s something festive and cheery about the word Pippin. It’s cute. I can’t help but like this Scotch egg before I’ve even sunk my teeth into it. And there’s the pairing of smoked bacon and apple, it’s almost as good a pairing as sausage meat and egg.

There’s added parsley in the free-range saddleback pork, as well as the smoked bacon and chunks of apple – some of which penetrate the breadcrumb shell in small crunchy cubes. The sweetness of apple is clean and welcoming, resulting in a fresh taste which perfectly cuts through the thickness of the meat and saltiness of the bacon. It’s light while remaining meaty, and full of festive flavour.

Price: £2.75

Overall: 4/5

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Noel

Inspired by Christmas and all the excitement it brings, the Noel Scotch egg is a flavoursome snowball combining the usual seasoning: salt, black pepper and garlic, and the addition of Tarragon. Tarragon (or dragon’s-wort); the French perennial herb was suggested by a French member of the 2008 kitchen brigade, who was extolling the virtues of tarragon in her home cooking.

When cut there is the fragrant aroma of Tarragon (you can see the green flecks in the beefy rim of sausage meat) alongside the essence of garlic and pepper. I’m told by The Handmade Scotch Egg Company that this is a Double Gold winner in the Great Taste Awards and has become one of their top sellers. In the New Year they will continue the run, reversing the name to LEON.

Price: £2.75

Overall: 3/5

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Whisky Mac

 

Like it’s name sake a good winter warmer especially if popped in a hot oven for 10 minutes…

Numerous ‘educational’ tasting sessions were attended by The Handmade Scotch Egg Company, inevitably helping them to develop their enthusiasm for one of Scotland’s finest creations. Pair good whisky with a Scotch egg and WHAM! You’re smacked with an exemplary combination.

A whisky sting is evident while maintaining a clever balance with the sausage meat and egg. There’s some added ginger for bite and a thick, crunchy rim of breadcrumbs cushioning the meaty innards.

Price: £2.75

Overall: 3/5

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Snowflake

Another welcome ambrosial festive morsel. There’s not a great deal added to this specimen, but the sausage meat does appear to be of a pinker standard than others. It’s lightly seasoned in flaked oats, barley and buckwheat, all rolled around a tasty free-range egg. A good rolling of breadcrumbs offers crunch and an overall larger missile.

Price: £2.75

Overall: 3/5

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