Full English Breakfast

If you stay at a guest house or B&B in the UK you should be able to enjoy this good hearty start to the day.

Two key requirements of a good Full English are: 1) the use of the finest ingredients, locally sourced if possible, and 2) cooking the ingredients in the correct order, so that all the items are freshly cooked and ready on the plate together.

Ingredients for Full English Breakfast

The list of ingredients can vary depending on personal taste and the region of Britain where they are served. Core items include fresh eggs, pork sausages, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes. Usually served with English tea and hot buttered toast. In Scotland you may also be offered fried haggis, black pudding in the north, laverbread in Wales and in the south and midlands baked beans and hash browns (both recent imports from the USA). Although the eggs are normally fried (as described here) you could have have them scrambled or poached.

We have not specified the volume of ingredients but will leave it up to you how much you want of each.

  • Fresh eggs
  • Pork sausages (Lincolnshire or Cumbrian are best)
  • Back bacon (smoked or plain)
  • Fresh tomatoes (or tinned if required)
  • Mushrooms
  • Cooking oil or fat for frying
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sliced bread for toast or fried bread
  • Butter or margarine (for spreading on the toast).

How to Make Full English Breakfast

  1. Have all the ingredients ready and available nearby before you start cooking, so you won't get waylaid opening packets etc.
  2. Cook the sausages under a hot grill. Grill for about 15-20 minutes, turning regularly until they are evenly browned.
  3. While the sausages are grilling, fry the bacon rashers in a dry frying pan for 2-4 minutes a side, or longer if you like your bacon crispy.
  4. Remove the bacon from the pan and keep it warm.
  5. Use the bacon fat in the pan to fry the eggs, on a medium to low heat (tradition is sunny side up). Add a little more oil first, if there is not enough.
  6. Cut the tomatoes(s) in half and place under the hot grill with the sausages. Drizzle with a little oil. Grill for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Pop some bread in the toaster. Alternatively you can fry the bread in the pan with the eggs, but don't fry too quickly or it will burn.
  8. Either grill the mushrooms with the tomatoes or fry them quickly with the eggs in the pan.
  9. Warm the plate before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Arrange all the cooked ingredients together on a large warm plate and serve immediately. Don't forget a fresh pot of hot tea.

Condiments to complement the breakfast include: vinegar, tomato sauce, brown sauce and English mustard.

Other recipes to try: English Pancakes | English Sandwiches | Recipe Index

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