Japanese Scotch Egg Recipe

Chicken katsu scotch egg

  • makes 4
  • A little effort

Jazz up your party food with this impressive chicken scotch egg with katsu curry. This moreish recipe is perfect when feeding a hungry crowd

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FOOD TREND: JAPANESE DUDE FOOD

An antidote to the purist aesthetic of high-end Japanese cuisine, this trend embraces the more fun and quirky elements of Japanese food seen in the izakaya bars and street stalls of Tokyo. Try it at Brixton’s Nanban where chef Tim Anderson mashes up East/West flavours to create dishes like brie katsu with umemboshi-shiso sauce and KFJ (deep-fried jackfruit with honey-miso mayo).

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Ingredients

  • eggs 4, at room temperature
  • soy sauce 6 tbsp
  • mirin 3 tbsp
  • chicken sausages 340g, (most supermarkets sell these)
  • spring onions 4, finely chopped
  • ginger a small chunk, finely grated
  • sesame oil 1 tsp
  • plain flour 4 tbsp
  • eggs 2, beaten
  • panko breadcrumbs 100g
  • groundnut oil for deep frying

CURRY SAUCE

  • onion 1, chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • ginger a small chunk, finely grated
  • oil for frying
  • plain flour 1 tbsp
  • mild curry powder 1½ tbsp
  • ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • chicken stock 350ml
  • soft brown sugar 1 tsp
  • tomatoes 2 ripe, roughly chopped

Method

  • Step 1

    Lower the eggs into boiling water. Cook for 7 minutes, then rinse under cold water and leave in iced water for 10 minutes to cool completely. Peel and put in a freezer bag with the soy and mirin. Leave to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour (or overnight if you want to get ahead).

  • Step 2

    To make the curry sauce, cook the onion, garlic and ginger in a little splash of oil until softened. Add the flour, curry powder and turmeric, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring to stop it catching.

  • Step 3

    Slowly add the chicken stock then stir in the sugar and tomatoes, and simmer for 15 minutes. Blend the sauce until smooth using a stick blender or food processor.

  • Step 4

    Strip the skins from the sausages, then mix the sausage meat with the spring onions, ginger and sesame oil, and season well. Divide the mixture into 4, then flatten each into a circle on 4 pieces of clingfilm. This will make it easier to form around the eggs.

  • Step 5

    Drain the marinated eggs then dust with flour. Sit each on the chicken sausages. Use the clingfilm to mould the chicken sausages around each egg, ensuring there are no gaps.

  • Step 6

    Roll each scotch egg in flour, then the beaten egg, then breadcrumbs. Repeat with the beaten egg and breadcrumbs to make a double coating. Chill until ready to cook.

  • Step 7

    Heat groundnut oil, no more than 1/3 deep in a pan, to 180C. Cook the eggs for 5-7 minutes, turning a few times, or until golden and crisp. Serve with the curry sauce for dipping.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 594
  • Fat 26.2g
  • Saturates 6.2g
  • Carbs 53g
  • Sugars 10.5g
  • Fibre 5g
  • Protein 34.2g
  • Salt 3g
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