The full English breakfast – a belly-busting blow-out treat that is perfect for a lazy weekend day! This recipe really is the full works.
Wait, a full English breakfast? Isn’t that an easy dish that anyone can throw together?
Yes, it can be… but the secret to a truly memorable full English breakfast is the combination of ingredients and the herbs and flavours used to enhance each part of the dish. It’s true that anyone can throw a bit of bacon and a sausage or two under the grill, and fry a few mushrooms, but getting the flavours of each component just-right takes time and practice… or you can just follow along with this recipe to get the perfect full English breakfast every time!
Components of my full English breakfast
- good-quality bacon, smoked or un-smoked, it’s up to you
- good-quality sausages. I used Cumberland, but any good bangers will do
- black pudding (not to everyone’s taste but I love it)
- scrambled eggs with fresh chives
- fried chestnut mushrooms, flavoured with garlic and parsley
- fried new potatoes, flavoured with garlic and fresh thyme and finished with a sprinkle of fresh parsley
- roasted, on-vine cherry tomatoes
- ‘special’ baked beans (see the recipe for details – you’ll never look at baked beans the same way again)
Often the hardest part of a dish like this is the timings – cooking everything so it’s ready at the same time can be challenging. Fortunately, it’s not necessary if you have enough time to spare! The oven is your friend; most things can be cooked-off and kept warm until ready to serve. My advice is to get everything cooked-off except the eggs, which should be served as soon as they’re ready.
A full English breakfast recipe, in the middle of diet season?
It’s January, many (if not most) people are enjoying a low-calorie diet to recover from the excesses of the festive season. So why, you might be tempted to ask, am I writing up a recipe for a full English breakfast, a dish that is not exactly renowned for being particularly healthy, or low in calories?
Well, everyone needs at least one treat now and again, and it is possible to enjoy the occasional heavy meal without breaking your diet. And of course, even though I’m writing this in January, you might be reading this page at any time of the year.
If that’s not reason enough, then just know that I actually made this particular breakfast on Christmas Eve as a special treat, and have only now got around to writing it up.