If our love for Netflix’s hit series The Crown is anything to go by, it’s clear we can’t get enough of royal family insights. But one aspect of their lives that still remains quite private is what they eat. To offer a glimpse into the royal diet, former royal chef Darren McGrady often reveals the secret recipes on his YouTube channel and this time, he’s released the recipe for the Queen’s favourite scotch egg.
This scotch egg recipe would usually be whisked up for the Buckingham Palace garden parties, which Her Majesty would host every year.
Scotch eggs usually consist of a hardboiled egg inside seasoned pork sausage meat, which is then coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. Darren McGrady, however, used to make them for the royals with an Asian twist.
The unique ingredients he adds are Thai green curry paste, coriander and crushed peanuts. These zingy scotch eggs would then be served to the royals and their guests with sweet chilli sauce for dipping.
In the video, Darren suggests putting the eggs into ice cold water before drying them with a paper towel, to ensure they are hardboiled. Then, in a mixing bowl, combine Italian sausage meat with Thai green curry paste, salt and pepper. Any meat can be used for the egg’s casing, although Darren said the Queen’s preference was always ground pork.
Next, place the peanuts into a food bag that can be tightly sealed and crush them with a rolling pin. Chop up some coriander and add it to the sausage meat, then mix again.
To put all of the scotch egg components together, flatten a handful of meat in the palms of your hands. Darren’s top tip is to add a little flour to your hands to stop it sticking. Place the egg in the middle of the meat and wrap until it’s covered.
Roll the ball in your hands to form a ball shape. Once you’ve done this process for all of the eggs, roll them around in the flour, then place them into beaten egg and finally into the breadcrumbs.
Carefully insert the scotch eggs into a fryer or large pan of vegetable oil to get that brown, crispy coating. They’re not going to be cooked all the way through with this method, though. The scotch eggs finish cooking in the oven – Darren recommends putting them on a wire rack on a baking sheet and then into the oven for 6-8 minutes at 350F/180C/160C fan/gas 4.
Once they’re cooked, it’s best to hold your horses before diving into the delicious picnic staple. Allow the scotch eggs to cool slightly before cutting them, where the egg yolk should be firm. Enjoy with sweet chilli sauce and you’ll be dining just like the Queen!