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Eggs Around the World

Dec 6, 2019

Almost every country and culture enjoy eggs in some sort of way, with China being the largest consumer, eating an estimated 30 million tonnes of eggs a year! From a scotch egg to an omelette, there are so many ways to cook and enjoy eggs. Here are just a few of our favourites for you to try, and hopefully, you can discover your new preferred way to cook these everyday essentials.

1. United Kingdom – Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs are very versatile. Wrap your eggs in black pudding, sausage meat, smoked salmon, or vegetarian haggis, to name but a few variations of this British classic. Of course, your scotch egg won’t be complete without one of our golden yolk, British Blue® eggs!
Why not try our black pudding and smoked salmon scotch egg recipes?

2. United States of America – Eggs Benedict

From one side of the pond to another. Legend has it that Eggs Benedict was created in 1800s New York, when a Wall Street broker ordered a random concoction of food to try and cure his hangover. Apparently, the chef was so impressed by the dish that it became a regular on the menu, and the rest is history.
Traditional Eggs Benedict consists of a poached egg on an English muffin, with bacon or ham and of course, Hollandaise sauce smothered on top.
Try our delicious Lincolnshire sausage Eggs Benedict recipe here.

3. North Africa – Shakshuka

Our third egg dish sees us travel to North Africa. Shakshuka includes poached eggs cooked in a tomato sauce, seasoned with chilli, garlic, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg.
Although the dish is closely associated with North Africa, it is believed to have originated from Turkey.
Try our variation, Turkish-baked eggs, here. Or even try our smoked salmon kedgeree for similar African and Asian flavours here.

4. New Zealand / Australia – Pavlova

Here’s one for the pub quiz, where was the Pavlova invented? Well, the answer is not Russia! Depending on whether you’re talking to a Kiwi or an Aussie, the answer is New Zealand / Australia. The dessert was created in the 1920s when Russian ballerina, Anna Pavolva, visited Oceania on a dancing tour.
The dish is now extremely popular in both countries, with many families eating the dish at Christmas.
Learn how to make our mini Pavolva bites, perfect for Christmas, here.

5. Portugal – Pastel de Nata

Pastel de Nata
Pastel de nata, or egg custard tarts as they’re known in English, are one of Portugal’s signature egg dishes. Traditional pastel de nata includes an egg yolk, sugar, and cinnamon centre in a puff pastry tart. Absolutely delicious – plus, pastel de nata was included in The Guardians’ list of Best Foods in the World!

6. France – Soufflé
In French, soufflé means ‘to puff’. That’s the perfect way to describe this dish. Mix egg yolks and beaten egg whites with sugar, lemon zest, plain flour, double cream, and milk and oven cook until it rises. As we saw in the movie Sabrina, soufflés can be difficult to get right, but they’re definitely worth a try!

7. Italy – Frittata

Similar to the Spanish omelette, frittata was invented in Italy, and is the perfect way to use up your leftovers. Add vegetables, meat, cheese, or herbs for just a few ways to enjoy frittata!
We like Rachel Green’s mini bhaji frittatas – find the recipe here.

8. Japan - Tamagoyaki

Tamagoyaki is a type of omelette, adored in Japan. It is made by rolling up several layers of cooked egg, making a rectangular shape. Traditionally, the Japanese enjoy this for breakfast with a dash of soy sauce! However, like most egg recipes, it has the potential to be incredibly diverse. So, add fish or meat or veg or anything else you’d like!


And that draws our international egg adventure to a close. We hope that you’re inspired to try some new ways to enjoy your eggs. If you try any of the above, be sure to send us your photos on Twitter (@fairburnseggs), Instagram (@fairburns_eggs), or Facebook (@fairburnseggs); we will share our favourites!
Happy cooking!