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Traditional scotch eggs are making a comeback and it’s not hard to see why, they’re delicious! But you might wonder, what to serve with scotch eggs?
What is a Scotch Egg?
Scotch eggs are a pub staple that features a hard-boiled egg all wrapped up tight in a blanket of sausage and breadcrumbs. They are super easy to make at home. Plus, you can bake or fry them depending on how healthy you want to go.
Hot or cold, this UK delicacy is a fabulous addition to breakfast, brunch, dinner, and even a snack. But if you’re looking to turn it into a full spread, you’ll need some sides to go with it. And I’ve got all the best ones!
From sauces to slaws, here’s what to serve with scotch eggs. Whether you want something comforting, quick, light, or fresh, there’s a scotch egg side here that everyone can enjoy.
Scotch Egg Sauce Ideas
1. BBQ Sauce
Scotch eggs slathered in a tangy barbecue sauce is one of those rare pleasures in life. You can go with your favorite brand or whip up a tasty homemade sauce. All you need is some ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, and a handful of spices. You can even add liquid smoke for more depth.
Snack or appetizer, mustard cream sauce is the ideal condiment for scotch eggs. The cream and the bite from the mustard do wonders to enhance the savory notes of the scotch eggs. I recommend using heavy cream and quality English mustard to make a sensational sauce.
Who said hollandaise sauce was just for eggs benedict? That rich, velvety sauce is a whimsical delight drizzled on top of scotch eggs. And the best part is you can make a batch in your blender in no time at all.
Scotch Egg Meal Ideas (or Pairings)
There is one side you can never go wrong with and that’s a salad. A simple garden salad is all you need to turn scotch eggs into a delightful meal. Toss in a few fresh veggies, add any dressing you fancy, and your meal is ready. It’s the perfect quick fix for lunch and an easy dinner you can enjoy any night of the week.
5. Corn Salad
Corn salad is a remarkably easy side to keep things light and fresh. Spruce it up with a little cumin or toss in some jalapeños for a kick. Either way, the sweetness of the corn kernels complements the savoriness of the scotch eggs in the most enticing way.
6. Potato Salad
Mayo-based or vinegar-based, both types of potato salad go well with scotch eggs. Can’t decide? Try both! All your pals at the potluck will thank you.
7. Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is a versatile side that pairs well with just about everything, including scotch eggs. Pick your favorite shape and toss in yummy fixings like artichoke hearts, olives, tomatoes, or basil. Don’t forget a complementary dressing!
Macaroni and cheese is the one side dish that both kids and adults can agree on. The question is, though, whether to make it super indulgent with Velveeta or go with classic cheddar cheese. I know one thing, baking it in the oven delivers the best results.
Side Dishes for Scotch Eggs
Bread n’ butter, classic dill, sweet pickles, you name it and it’s a scrumptious side for scotch eggs. But have you tried refrigerator pickles yet? It’s a simple process and there is no canning necessary. Plus, the contrast of textures is an extra special treat!
10. Potato Chips
Short on time? No need to fret about fixing up a side because chips have come to the rescue. Salt and vinegar go especially well, but you can go with any kind you like. If you do have a couple of minutes to spare, thinly slice some potatoes and toss them in the air fryer. They’ll be ready litckety-split!
11. French Fries
Who can say no to french fries? Serve up some crispy spuds with a batch of scotch eggs for a fun meat and potato pairing everyone will enjoy. Bake both and not only will the oven do all the work, but it will be a healthier version too.
12. Mashed Potatoes
If you’re in the mood for comfort food, whip up a fluffy side of mashed potatoes. You can make them super buttery, cheesy, garlicky, or go the fresh route with a handful of dried herbs. Regardless, mashed potatoes turn scotch eggs into a satisfying dinner that will leave you full and happy.
Speaking of the oven, roasted potatoes are a flawless scotch egg side dish. Crispy on the outside and fork tender on the inside, each heavenly bite is just as good as the last. The trick to the perfect consistency is dicing them in equally sized pieces so they cook evenly. Douse them in hot sauce for a spicy kick.
14. Steamed Broccoli
Searching for a simple healthy side? Steamed broccoli is a fine choice. It’s quick, packed with nutrition, and anyone can make it. It takes only a handful of minutes to make and you can prepare it on the stove or in the microwave. You can even sprinkle on some lemon pepper for a flavorful twist!
15. Baked Beans
Go all out with your breakfast and pair your scotch eggs with baked beans. Baked beans are a must for a proper English breakfast. You’ll need some tomato paste, a touch of sugar, vinegar, and spices. It will take longer than just opening a can, but it’s well worth the effort in the end.
Another super nutritious veggie side dish is cabbage. Fresh, baked, steamed, or sauteed, cabbage is an economical choice that’s nutrient dense too. Give it a quick saute in olive oil with a little salt and pepper. You can toss in a clove of minced garlic while you’re at it. It will be ready in just a minute.
17. Cole Slaw
Slaw is not only a must for barbecue, it’s a must for scotch eggs too! Crunchy and delicious, a crisp cabbage, carrot, and red onion slaw will add more flavor and texture to your meal. For the dressing, you can go the creamy or vinegar route. It’s incredible either way! Say, you can also add in the baked beans, potato salad, and a side of barbecue sauce for a full spread!
Scotch Egg FAQs
They can be served either hot or cold. You can serve them how you like them and also depending on the side dish you serve with the scotch eggs.
There are many theories to the origin of the name “Scotch eggs”. One theory is that the process of mincing meat to go around an egg is called scotching. They also were thought to be first served at a restaurant named William J Scott and Sons.
The outer layer of a scotch egg is made with eggs and breadcrumbs.
A scotch egg can be considered a main course.
More side dishes
What To Serve With Scotch Eggs: Sauteed Peas
- 1 lb frozen peas
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Place butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Pour in frozen peas and cook for 6-8 minutes. Be sure to occasionally stir.
- Serve warm and season with salt and pepper to taste.