A scotch egg cut in half on a white plate
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Are Scotch Eggs Really Scottish?

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Scotch is an old word meaning Scottish. Today Scottish people don’t really like being called Scotch, but the word is still used for many of our products. Scotch Whisky, Scotch Beef, Scotch Broth are all good examples. But what about Scotch Eggs?

You may be surprised to discover that London department store Fortnum & Mason claim to have invented the Scotch Egg in 1738. There are several theories on the origin of this delicacy, but none of them point to Scotland.

Although much enjoyed throughout Scotland, the Scotch Egg is not Scottish.

So why is it called a Scotch Egg?

A traditional Scotch Egg is a boiled egg coated in pork sausage meat, with an outer crust of breadcumbs. The deep fried snack is called a Scotch Egg because the process of mincing the meat to go around the egg is known as scotching.

How to make your own Scotch Eggs

They might not be Scottish, but we still love to eat them in Scotland. Particularly as a picnic snack! Use this excellent recipe to cook your own homemade Scotch Eggs.