Let me include a little disclaimer for this post 🙂 This is not a fully traditional English breakfast because I live in the US and it can be hard to find a few of the items that are traditionally served with a full English. This is my best approximation with things from my local grocery. Also, while my ancestry is about 30% English/Northwestern Europe according to my DNA, I have never visited there or lived there so I am not an expert on this meal.
Having said that, I did some reading online to see if what I’ve always put into the meal is accurate and it seems that different areas have different variations but it is pretty close. Anyone with more expertise, please feel free to correct me on anything.
A typical full English breakfast includes the following – fried eggs, back bacon, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, toast, and maybe some black pudding or hash browns too. I sadly forgot to buy hash browns this time, so we didn’t have those. I also added some fried halloumi because we had it, which is completely not traditional at all.
The bacon used here is not American style bacon. It is bacon bacon, which is taken from the back of the pig and includes the loin. It is more like ham or Canadian bacon than American bacon. It can be tough to find in American stores, so I substituted some ham that I lightly pan fried. I also used American breakfast sausage for the sausages since it is also difficult to find British sausages here.
The mushrooms and the tomatoes here are briefly pan fried. I love a lightly fried tomato. We love this meal. It is such a variety of tasty things together in one.
Full English Breakfast
- 4-8 eggs fried
- 4 slices hot buttered toast
- 1 can baked beans
- 4 sausages whatever kind you like
- 1 lb back bacon or ham or canadian bacon
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 package mushrooms washed and sliced
- hash browns optional
- Cook the bacon and sausage in a frying pan and then set aside covered to keep warm. If using hash browns, fry those next until crispy.
- Lightly oil a frying pan and heat to high. Add the mushrooms and cook with some salt until they have released their water and are browned. Set aside and keep warm.
- Lightly oil the pan again and fry the tomatoes just for a minute or two to get some color on them.
- Heat the beans in a pan on the stove. When almost ready to eat, fry the eggs and make your toast. Put everything on a plate and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Enjoy!