Whether you’re looking for the perfect picnic fare, an indulgent snack, or a filling lunch idea using pantry staples, the humble Scotch egg is a traditional but delectable option.
Though they suffered from a bit of a rubbish reputation for a little while, perhaps thanks to the lacklustre versions being offered in service stations up and down the country, they’ve recently had a revival in popularity.
They’re now regularly featured on the menus of swanky gastropubs and upmarket eateries, and the good news is that they’re also super simple to make at home.
If you’re wondering what to serve with Scotch eggs, you’re in the right place.
Let’s take a look at your options, and what you need to know about getting the most of your treat…
Scotch eggs can be served either hot or cold, and your decision will be largely down to personal preference and your chosen side dishes.
A piping hot Scotch egg with a satisfyingly runny yolk makes for a great main meal when you choose hearty accompaniments, though they’re just as good cold if you want to take them on a picnic or to work in a lunch box.
My Scotch eggs recipe is made with lean sausage meat, golden yolker eggs, and Panko breadcrumbs for a golden, crispy coating.
They’re baked in the oven too, so they’re lighter than their deep fried counterparts and have just 269 calories per serving.
The humble potato has given us many wonderful options when it comes to side dishes, and you can’t beat a portion of good homemade chips.
I like to bake mine in an air fryer, and serve with lashings of salt and vinegar. Add your favourite herbs or spices if you want to make things a bit more interesting.
Of course, if you’re pushed for time, you could always choose a frozen version from the supermarket. Shoestring fries are also a good side dish for Scotch eggs.
The tomatoey sauce from baked beans are so satisfying when poured over a Scotch egg.
They’re also packed full of protein and dietary fibre, and count towards your 5-a-day, so they’re a good choice if you’re trying to be healthy.
If your Scotch egg is being served at lunchtime, a side salad makes an excellent side dish.
Just chop up lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and drizzle over your favourite dressing.
For more variety, you could add chunks of cheese, olives, radishes, grated carrots, green beans, and sweetcorn.
A Scotch egg is quite meaty in its own right, but if you’re a dedicated carnivore, you could treat yourself to some extra cold cuts.
Think ham, bacon, chicken, beef, or pork, and garnish the plate with freshly cut tomatoes and a sprig of parsley for some extra colour and interest.
The sweet, smokey flavour of barbecue sauce makes it a wise choice when it comes to what to serve with Scotch eggs.
You can make your own using a few simple ingredients including tomato sauce, ketchup, sugar, red wine vinegar, and spices.
It stores well in the fridge, so you’ll have a supply ready whenever you’re got a dish that’s deserving of a dip.
The heat of English or French mustard means that it packs a real punch, and it goes well with Scotch eggs if you have a more discerning palette.
A little goes a long way when it comes to almost every type of mustard that’s available, so be sparing so you don’t overwhelm your dinner guests! It’s usually best to let them add it to their plates themselves, as how much you can manage will vary from one person to another.
Nothing says comfort food quite like a big steaming bowl of mashed potatoes.
If you’re aiming for a really special meal, you could swirl in butter, cream, or wholegrain mustard.
When served with Scotch eggs, you’ll create a really interesting variety of textures, thanks to the runny yolk, tender sausage meat, and crunchy coating.
Cabbage is packed with vitamin C, helps to improve digestion, and may even lower blood pressure. It has some impressive credentials as a real superfood, and it’s also budget friendly and easily accessible for most people.
You can served it simply steamed, or push the boat out by adding cream, carrots, and butter.
You either love them or you hate them, but if you fall into the former camp, you’ll find that the delightful crunch and vinegar flavour makes pickles a fantastic side dish for Scotch eggs.
Gherkins or cornichons are the most obvious choice, but there are tons of other varieties to choose from, including cauliflower and carrot.
The perfect party food and a real crowd pleaser, onion rings go great with sides if you’re searching for finger food options for a gathering.
They’re another choice that can be just as good when served cold, so there’s no pressure to rush around keeping things piping hot straight from the oven.
A batch of potato salad is a tasty accompaniment for lots of different meals, and the Scotch egg is no exception.
Use mayonnaise for extra indulgence, or substitute with plain natural yoghurt if you’re trying to cut back on calories.
For a spicy twist, I like to mix through a little homemade curry paste, squeeze over fresh lemon juice, and then garnish with freshly chopped coriander.
If it’s a special occasion or you’ve got friends coming over and you want to impress without giving yourself too much work, a ploughman’s platter will take your humble Scotch egg to a whole new level!
You can use many of the ideas that we’ve already covered on this list, and serve on a rustic chopping board.
Good options include salad, meats, cheeses, pickles, and dips.
Put some plates in the middle of the table, and let everyone dive in and help themselves. Be sure to have a choice of both red and white wine if you’re serving alcohol, as a ploughman’s platter can be served with either!
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