SMOKED SCOTCH EGGS
The London-based food purveyor Fortnum & Mason claims to have invented Scotch eggs for wealthy travelers in 1738. But earlier versions of this portable snack can be traced to India. In any case, Scotch eggs are usually deep-fried. We happen to love an alternative method—smoking and baking the sausage-covered eggs on a Traeger. We recommend you make only as many as you and your family or guests can eat at one sitting. Chilled, the egg whites and sausage coating separate from each other.
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons Traeger Pork and Poultry Rub, or your favorite rub, divided use
- 4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled
- 1 pound seasoned sausage, such as Jimmy Dean or Bob Evans
- 1 raw egg, beaten, in a shallow dish
- 1 cup dry bread crumbs, plus more if needed, in a shallow dish
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard
- Leaf lettuce for the serving plate
- Pickles for serving (optional)
Combine the flour and 2 teaspoons of the Traeger Pork and Poultry Rub in a small shallow dish. Wet the eggs with water and roll in the seasoned flour to lightly coat. Wet your hands and divide the sausage into 4 equal-size balls. Flatten each ball into an oval. Cover each egg in sausage, smoothing the seams to encase the egg evenly. Rewet your hands as necessary. Dip each sausage-covered egg in the beaten egg, letting any excess drain off, and then dredge in the bread crumbs. Refrigerate the eggs, uncovered, for 1 to 2 hours. When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Arrange the eggs on the grill grate and smoke for 1 hour. Remove from the grill and set aside. Increase the grill temperature to 375 degrees. When the grill reaches the set temperature, return the eggs to the grill grate and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then slice each egg into quarters with a sharp knife. While the eggs bake, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, and remaining 2 teaspoons of Traeger Pork and Poultry Rub in a small mixing bowl. Line a serving plate with leaf lettuce. Arrange the quartered eggs on the serving plate accompanied by the dipping sauce, and if desired, pickles.