Oh the delights of the full English breakfast. One of my favorite things to do on a weekend morning is to whip up one of these hearty bad boys, crack open a Guinness, and watch a game of English football (aka soccer.)
For the uninitiated, the full English breakfast can consist of several delicious components:
Baked beans – Heinz is my way to go
Bacon – Home made if you have it, thick cut preferable
Sausage – I’m more partial to the English style sausages which are more similar to brats than the typical American breakfast sausage
Eggs – I like over easy
Potato – in the form of hash browns, fried diced potatoes etc.
Bread – Toast or some kind of bread for soaking up that goodness
Fried tomatoes – sounds weird but it’s all so good
Mushrooms – Sliced up or whole and sautéed
Black pudding – Can be hard to get. I love them but some find them gross
That’s a lot of components but not every ingredient needs to be included. I tend to be pretty contented with baked beans, bacon, sausage, eggs and mushrooms. Potatoes are great but I get too lazy to make hash browns. I also love a good fried tomato, they’re just not the greatest thing in February.
Of course, you could go to an English or Irish pub to get one. I’ve had many great ones but I’ve also had my fair share of sloppily prepared full breakfasts.
So why not make it at home? It seems like with so many components, putting a full breakfast together can be tedious. However, with some planning and coordination, putting together a full breakfast is painless and delicious. The best part is consuming it in the comfort of your own home, where falling asleep on the couch after the game gives an added incentive.
Also, I started to realize that I have a hard time following wordy recipes. When reading a recipe or coming up with a dish, I tend to focus on the components and techniques before sometimes jotting it down. This is how preparing an English breakfast would look like in my mind: