Scotch California Prunes

We’ve been a little bit creative with this recipe… Scotch California Prunes! These delicious savoury snacks are the perfect addition to your picnic out in the beautiful sunshine. The California Prunes might be a surprise, but they definitely turn a good recipe into a great one!

Texture & flavour were our priority in this recipe, and we love the result: a fabulous balance of flavour with sweet California Prune wrapped in savoury sausage meat, all surrounded by a crispy breadcrumb coating. It’s a recipe you’ll definitely want to try. What are you waiting for?

Makes: 12Prep Time: 25 minutesCook Time: 20 minutes


  • 300g minced lamb
  • 100g pork sausage meat
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 whole California Prunes
  • 50g plain flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 100g panko breadcrumbs
  • 150g thick Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp harissa paste


  1. Place the minced lamb and sausage meat together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the dried mint, cumin, salt and pepper, then mix together.
  3. Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions and, using clean wet hands, shape the meat portions into 2cm thick burger shapes.
  4. Place a California Prune in the centre of a burger and wrap the meat around to encase the prune.
    Repeat the process until you have made 11 more portions and place on a non-stick tray.
  5. Roll each scotch prune in flour and then beaten egg before coating in panko breadcrumbs.
  6. Place the fully coated scotch prunes onto the non-stick baking tray and spray with a little vegetable oil.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170°C for 20 minutes or until fully baked.
  8. Mixed the yogurt and harissa paste together until well-combined.
  9. Serve the scotch eggs warm or cold with the harissa yoghurt dip.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.