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Scotch Eggs (Paleo and Gluten free)

Written by Sophie

I loved Scotch eggs as a child, but generally those that you buy at the supermarket are not only full of gluten (which I’m allergic to), but highly processed.  I’ve had homemade ones which are delicious but again are full of gluten, so I decided to try and make some which fit in with all these clean and healthy lifestyle plans….

Ingredients (makes 9)

  • 9 Quail eggs (although if you are clumsy like me you may need a couple of extra just in case)
  • 300g Lean pork mince
  • 2 tsp herbs (I used a 1 tsp dried rosemary and 1 tsp mixed herbs)
  • 1/2 small onion

Method

Place the quail eggs into boiling water for 3 minutes, then transfer into cold water to ensure they don’t cook any more.

Grate the onion so it becomes pulp like and mix into the mince along with the dried herbs.  (You can also add crushed garlic or powder, but I’m planning on taking some of these to work as snacks so don’t want them to smell to pungent).

Leave to sit for 10-20 minutes so that flavours infuse, meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 180ºC.

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Divide the pork mixture into 9 balls, then start to peel the quail eggs.

This part is tricky as they are only soft-boiled at this stage so are still delicate. Don’t feel bad about yourself if this goes wrong at any point, they are hard to peel!!  Here’s what happened to a couple of mine:

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Anyway…the best thing to do is to flatten out the pork mix ready to get the egg in there as soon as it’s peeled.  I found that the easiest way to do this is in my hand (but please do not judge my egg peeling here either).

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Then with your other hand, start to mould the mixture together at the top of the egg , ensuring the whole egg is covered.

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Then smooth it out so that it looks slightly prettier.  once you’ve done this 9 times you should be ready to put them in the oven.

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Coat them with oil (I used a spray, but you can brush or drizzle if you prefer), and then put them in the oven for 20 minutes.

Then…you are ready with 9 delicious gluten-free, grain free, clean and lean, paleo scotch eggs!  Even my boyfriend couldn’t believe how tasty they were and got through about half of them straight away.  For the calorie conscious, they work out at around 60 calories per ball, which isn’t bad at all!

IMG_9144P.S. if anyone finds a more successful way of peeling quail eggs then please let me know!

 

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