There’s no doubt that the popularity of the classic English breakfast is on the rise. The Great British fry-up is just so satisfying, particularly on lazy weekend mornings. We love every part of it, especially our English Breakfast Tea, but you can’t forget the food.
If you’re going to create a classic English breakfast, then you need to forget the calories and the diet and do it right. Sometimes food is just too good to be overly concerned with health, and this is one of those times. So what does a perfect English breakfast look like?
Eggs are essential in an English breakfast. However, you can make them however you want. In the classic breakfast, there are typically two eggs with a runny yolk. In fact, that runny yolk is essential and brings the entire plate together. Sunny-side up is the way to go.
Heat butter over medium heat and crack the eggs one at a time into the skillet. Wait for 1 – 2 minutes and then cover the pan and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes.
A classic English breakfast requires sausage. A simple pork sausage, like a banger, is ideal. Choose your favorite, good quality sausage and fry it up.
The type of bacon you use is completely up to you. You can use the typical streaky bacon (American bacon), or you can purchase back bacon, or bacon cured from the loin of a pig (Irish bacon). Either way, fry it up and toss it on your plate next to the sausage.
Beans might seem like a strange addition to your morning, but it’s necessary if you want to make a classic English breakfast. If you’re feeling a little lazy, you can reach for a can of baked beans. Or, follow this recipe for British-Style Beans.
No English breakfast is complete without roasted tomatoes. The sweetness and acidity that comes from the cooked tomatoes goes a long way to cutting through the fattiness of the rest of the plate. The easiest way to add tomatoes is to cut a tomato in half and fry it in the leftover bacon fat. Then, finish it with a bit of cracked black pepper, and viola!
Don’t forget the toast! The final ingredient of friend bread is essential for your classic English breakfast. To be authentic, you should take sliced bread and toast it in a pan with butter, lard, or bacon drippings. Really, the more fat you use on the bread, the better—it will make it crispy and delicious.
Finally, to finish out your classic English breakfast, don’t forget your cup of English Breakfast tea. Nothing cuts through the grease and heaviness of the breakfast like a full cup of black tea.