Scotch Eggs

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E Fraser

Scotch Eggs

I bought lean mince instead of sausage meat and was wondering if I can use mince rather than the sausage around the egg?

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Tompeters

Scotch Egg

I presume you mean you have beef mince instead of pork mince? If that's all it is then yes, no problem and those who choose not to eat pork make beef sausages. Basically treat the beef as you would the pork and add your herbs, spices and salt. I prefer at least 10% fat for sausage mix...but you should be ok with 5% which is probably what 'lean' means.

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JAMES

Scotch Eggs.

I'm not sure but to me, this would be one of those times where you need the fat content of sausage meat. Lean beef is usually only 5-10% and I'm not sure that is enough to hold everything together.

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Tompeters

Scotch Egg

Just a thought...did you think you were buying ready-made sausage meat? If so you will have to look up recipes for sausage mixes. Go for a basic British sausage mix first time round. It is seriously easy, don't be fazed.

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E Fraser

Scotch Eggs

Thanks vm for the responses - I just had a 'moment' and thought it was mince that goes around until I read the recipe! .. and yes, it is beef, so I may just forget it and go and get the proper sausage meat!

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JAMES

Scotch Eggs.


"Thanks vm for the responses - I just had a 'moment' and thought it was mince that goes around until I read the recipe! .. and yes, it is beef, so I may just forget it and go and get the proper sausage meat! "

That's what I'd do personally. :)

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JAMES

Scotch Eggs.


" should be ok with 5% which is probably what 'lean' means."

In both Sainsburys and Waitrose:

Lean beef mince is 10%

Super lean is 5%.

I tend to buy super lean for myself but lean if cooking for others.

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Tompeters

Scotch Egg

Well, certainly 'bought' is easier but it also comes loaded with preservatives (by law). Sausage mix is really only minced meat with herbs and spices, and a little salt. Beef is perfectly good...the British 'sausage=pork' thing goes back many years when 'pork sausages' had a higher legal minimum of pork than 'beef' or 'pork and beef'. Might still be the case, not sure.

Anyway, you're fine to use beef unless your religion prohibits :) Good luck and tell us how you got on if you make them.

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sam from worthing

Scotch eggs


No by all means use beef mince as your meat wrapping around your boiled egg.

It is traditionally pork that is used but do not worry about it being beef mince - unless the people eating your eggs have a problem with eating beef.

if i was using beef mince to make scotch eggs, i would add garam masala powder or a mild curry powder, to make your cotch eggs "tiffin eggs".

Honestly it wont be much of a difference.

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Tompeters

Scotch Egg (Tiffin Egg)

Sam, not often I hear of a food I've never even heard of before! Tiffin eggs. I've googled and seen some recipes from other sites. Sounds like an interesting change from ordinary scotch eggs. I have a s-i-l who is a veggie coming to stay in a couple of months and have been racking my brains what to do...vegie tiffin eggs sounds great for the summer.

 
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